AMD Polaris 10 & Polaris 11 TDP Info Leaked, “Baffin” Is Incredibly Power Efficient With Just 50W TDP
A new report has just surfaced on the web which suggests that AMD is all set to reveal its next gen Polaris based graphics cards at Computex 2016 where the chip maker is going to reveal its Bristol Ridge APU lineup, as well. The report comes from BenchLife which also claims that two new Radeon R9 400 series products are already under production, each of which is based on a different Polaris GPU.
Reportedly, Polaris 10 GPU codenamed “Ellesmere,” will be featured on the Radeon R9 480 card. The GPU will have an impressive TDP of slightly above 100W (110-135W), and should have “no problems” with running the latest DirectX 12 games “at a resolution of 1440p with a stable 60 frames per second.”
The other GPU, Polaris 11 which is codenamed “Baffin,” is going to be featured on the Radeon R9 470 card. This GPU will be the power efficient version of AMD’s lineup with a TDP of just 50 watts, which is incredibly impressive and explains reports of Polaris 11 running 4K VR content passively.
For reference, the current R9 Fury X has a TDP of around 250W, and compared with the figures mentioned above, AMD is planning a massive leap in power efficiency with its Polaris architecture built on the 14nm FinFET process. Should the report be true, AMD might very well be own its way to achieve a perf/watt improvement over the current gen 28nm based GPUs with its next gen Polaris architecture.
With a new memory controller, new multimedia cores, and a new geometry processor on board, AMD Polaris GPUs are expected to deliver huge power efficiencies, improved speeds, as well as better leakage characteristics. The upcoming chips will support both HDMI 2.0a and DisplayPort 1.3, and are equally capable of encoding and decoding H.265 video up to 4K resolution.
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