AMD Polaris GPUs Confirmed to Launch Before September For Next-Gen Notebooks and Desktops
Earlier, AMD was rumored launch their first Polaris GPUs by mid-2016, however, the company has now confirmed the availability time slot. Recently, at CES 2016, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su confirmed that their new Radeon graphics products based on the latest Polaris architecture will be released before the back to school season, which spans the period between mid July and early September every year.
With AMD Polaris landing before September, the new graphics technology is set to power the next generation gaming notebooks and desktops. In an interview with a German hardware website ComputerBase, Su said:
“The target is mid-2016, particularly in time for the major back-to-school season in the United States. Polaris should be available not just in the form of desktop solutions, but also notebook graphics chips.”
AMD demoed a small-scale Polaris GPU at the Sonoma event back in December, and put that card up against a GeForce GTX 950. When run Star Wars Battlefront at 60FPS, the Polaris chip was just as fast as its Nvidia part, while consuming nearly half the power.
With a significant perf/watt improvement compared to previous generation, the mobile-centric Polaris GPUs should help enable performance-levels in laptops and low-end gaming PCs.
In addition to that, AMD showed an “enthusiast” Polaris GPU to the press yesterday at CES. The new chip is likely to succeed the R9 Fury X, or potentially become the R9 490X, so it’s clearly targeted at providing a mainstream desktop graphics solution.