AMD Finally Reveals How It Intends to Position Polaris 10 & 11 GPUs in the Market
AMD has posted their first quarter 2016 financial results. Apart from a sequential and year-over-over decline in revenue, one paragraph that particularly caught our eye among the lines of this latest press release sheds light on the market positioning of upcoming Polaris chips.
We know the target markets of the next gen Polaris 10 and Polaris 11 GPUs have generally been defined in previous reports; however, this is the first time ever when AMD has officially spelled out the situation.
Confirming the rumors we’ve been hearing for a while, the chip maker revealed that Polaris 11 will power cards designed for low-end gaming PCs and thin-and-light notebooks. Whereas, Polaris 10 is aimed at mainstream desktop segment and high-end notebook market.
AMD demonstrated its “Polaris” 10 and 11 next-generation GPUs, with Polaris 11 targeting the notebook market and “Polaris” 10 aimed at the mainstream desktop and high-end gaming notebook segment. “Polaris” architecture-based GPUs are expected to deliver a 2x performance per watt improvement over current generation products and are designed for intensive workloads including 4K video playback and virtual reality (VR).
To give you an idea of the term ‘mainstream’ and about how powerful these Polaris 10 GPUs could be, well, they are set to replace the Radeon M300 high-end segment based on the Tonga silicon. Reportedly, Polaris 10 GPU code named “Ellesmere” could feature 2304 stream processors across 36 CUs, and support up to 8GB of GDDR5(X) memory on a 256-bit memory interface.
Polaris 11, codenamed “Baffin,” is to succeed the “Curacao” GPU which powers various mid-range cards. The GPU could feature 1024 stream processors over 16 CUs, and is expected to be be capable of having 4GB of GDDR5 memory on a 128 bit memory interface.
As for the power consumption, the Polaris 10 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 will be the power efficient version of AMD’s lineup with a TDP of just 50 watts.