AMD’s Lower-end Polaris 11 GPU can Output 4K VR Content PASSIVELY
During the Capsaicin event at GDC 2016, AMD showed a brief demo of their upcoming Polaris 10 GPU running Hitman in DirectX12. The engineering sample, which was installed in a small form factor chassis, was capable of running the AAA title at 60+ FPS.
According to VRWorld, several engineers around the Polaris 10 demo booth were all thrilled with the stability they achieved with the very first silicon that came back from the fab. Further, the board was around the size of AMD’s R9 Nano card, which indicates the company’s push towards the new standard of small cards with high-end specifications.
In addition to that, the lower-end chip called Polaris 11 can be used without active cooling solution. Ryan Shrout from PCPerspective said in a tweet that Polaris 11 can output 4K VR content when no fans are spinning.
I did get to see AMD's Polaris 11 GPU running PASSIVELY while playing back 4K VR content last night. Pretty impressive. #AMDCapsaicin
— Ryan Shrout (@ryanshrout) March 15, 2016
This is indeed a great news for notebook manufacturers, who could finally get rid of bulky and noisy cooling solutions as well as save some space for extended functionality.
AMD has confirmed that all the Polaris based GPUs will be built on 14nm FinFET process. AMD’s Raja Koduri recently said in a statement that the technology will help the chip maker reach out to a wider audience “with it’s amazing performance per watt” deal.