AMD Radeon R7 M460 and R5 M430 GPUs for Notebooks Will Start Shipping in April
It looks like AMD will start shipping first Polaris based Radeon M400 series graphics cards in April as Lenovo’s upcoming YOGA 510 laptops could be configured with the GPUs in question.
Lenovo has just announced its 2016 lineup of Windows 10 YOGA laptops and tablets, some of which are spotted featuring dedicated AMD Radeon M400 series graphics cards. To be specific, the 15-inch and 14-inch YOGA 510 laptops can be equipped with an R7 M460 and R5 M430 GPUs, respectively.
Unfortuanately, specifications for these M400 series GPUs are known yet, except that they have 2GB of video memory on board. These could be the AMD GPUs code named Weston and Banks that were recently spotted in the Zauba shipping database, but it isn’t more than a guess at the moment. However, if AMD is indeed going to ship these new GPUs in April then it shouldn’t take too long before more details come our way.
Speaking of the performance per watt, 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.
AMD unveiled the new Polaris architecture at CES 2016. Built using a 14nm FinFET fabrication process, Polaris chips packs the fourth-gen GCN cores, and promise to deliver huge power efficiencies, improved speeds, and better leakage characteristics. Further, the chips support both HDMI 2.0a and DisplayPort 1.3, and are capable of encoding and decoding H.265 video up to 4K resolution.