AMD Launching Polaris 10-based R9 480/X At Computex On June 1st
AMD is all set to hold a major press event at Computex, probably on June 1st. According to ArabHardware, they have received an invite for the event that includes the launch of AMD’s next generation Polaris 10 based Radeon 400-series graphics cards.
During the event, AMD executives and special guests would provide ‘comprehensive details on many of the 2016 products,’ including the launch of the company’s new 7th generation A-Series Accelerated Processing Units (APUs).
The news comes only a couple of days after AMD debunked rumors that suggested it won’t attend this year’s Computex event. While the chip maker didn’t disclose what products exactly it plans to reveal at the event, it’s most likely that we’ll see Polaris 10 based cards offering performance levels equivalent to the R9 390/X at half the power draw and for less than $300.
But before AMD reveals their 400-series cards at Computex, the company is hosting a live “Meet the Experts” webcast, where Sr. Technology Manager at Radeon Technology Group (RTG) David Nalasco will will talk about the technology behind their new Polaris architecture. This live session goes on for around 30 minutes on May 18th starting at 10 AM EST.
Speaking of the Polaris 10, the GPU is built using the 14nm FinFET process and is aimed at the mainstream desktop and high-end gaming notebook segment. The chip could feature 2304 stream processors across 36 CUs, and support up to 8GB of GDDR5(X) memory on a 256-bit memory interface.
On the other hand, Polaris 11, which is codenamed “Baffin,” will target the notebooks and low-end gaming PCs. It is to succeed the “Curacao” GPU and could feature 1024 stream processors over 16 CUs, with 4GB of GDDR5 memory on a 128 bit memory bus.
If previous reports are to be believed, AMD will unveil both its Polaris 10 and Polaris 11 GPUs during an event in Macau on May 26th, but the event will be closed which means the information shared there will be under embargo.
As for AMD’s third 14nm GPU, called Vega 10, it will be the company’s first to feature second generation High Bandwidth Memory, or HBM2.0, and will launch in early 2017.
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