AMD’s Next-Gen Polaris 11, Polaris 10 and Vega GPUs Spotted on Zauba
AMD’s Capsaicin event held during this year’s Game Developers Conference (GDC), has been a success for the company. The US based chip maker unveiled their flagship Radeon Pro Duo graphics card, as well as hopped on the VR bandwagon.
Not only that, but the company also teased their 2016-2019 GPU roadmap, which showcases their new Polaris architecture having 2.5x perf/watt improvement over the current gen 28nm based GPUs. Sitting above Polaris is Vega which is scheduled to arrive in 2017.
Based on the new information leaked today, the Vega GPU should enter the testing phase sometime this year, given it is planned for an early 2017 release. In fact, it seems like the GPU has been in development for quite some time.
Vega has just been spotted on the Indian import database Zauba, thanks to AMD’s using a predictable nomenclature while naming its test boards. All of these boards start with the letter C (for consumer) followed by five numbers which apparently represent the generation and relative rank of the graphics card.
For example, Hawaii XT had the C67101 code name, Tonga had C76501, while Fiji XT had the C88001 code name. Based on the same nomenclature, we could predict code names that were spotted on Zauba.
The C94401 board is Polaris 11;
The C98101 board is the Baffin XT GPU, but it should be Polaris 10;
The C99398 board is an unknown flagship, which could end up as the Polaris 10 or Vega 10.
The flagship Polaris board is expected to arrive in Q2 2016, but it’s unlikely that we will see the Vega GPU until the end of the year. Vega will be the company’s first architecture to feature the next iteration of High Bandwidth Memory, or HBM2 – offering effective memory bandwidth of 1TB/sec.