AMD Polaris 10 and Polaris 11 GPUs Spotted on the Official Web Page
AMD has just added a new web page dedicated to the next gen Polaris architecture, and teased the upcoming Polaris 10 and Polaris 11 GPUs on the page.
First spotted by VideoCardz, the die size for Polaris 10, aka Ellesmere XT, appears to be roughly 232mm² which is the exact same figure we heard a couple of months ago. Considering the flagship GPU is built on the latest 14nm FinFET process, the size would be optimal in terms of performance and power efficiency.
Assuming the size of the flagship Polaris GPU is accurate, we’re looking at around 2.5 times perf/watt improvement over the predecessor thanks to the 14nm LPP jump. The 2.5x boost in performance is the same number AMD has already referenced at various instances. Though the real number could be lower than this because of the leakage when clocking at high rates.
Polaris 10 however won’t be a high-end chip according to recent comments by AMD. The GPU is aimed at the mainstream desktop segment, but should be more than capable of meeting the minimum VR specs. In a recent interview with Ars Technica, Roy Taylor, AMD Corporate VP, said Polaris “is a big deal,” and will help the company “grow that TAM [total addressable market] significantly.”
The die shot for Polaris 11, aka Baffin XT, is blurry. This smaller GPU would target the notebook market; in fact, it’s already confirmed to be featured on the upcoming Radeon R9 M480 mobility graphics card. Also, Polaris 11 is rumored to feature a TDP of just 50 watts, which is incredibly impressive and explains reports of Polaris 11 running 4K VR content passively.
AMD Polaris 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. As for the pricing, Taylor says the upcoming Polaris solution could cost as low as £500/$600 and as high as £800/$1000.
AMD is expected to unveil its Polaris hardware at Computex 2016 which from May 31 to June 4 in Taipei, Taiwan.
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