Sony PS Neo Could Feature AMD RX 480 Chip, Powerful Console for Under $400?
AMD recently unveiled the Radeon RX 480 based on their next generation Pascal architecture. The card offers a significant performance per watt boost over the Maxwell, at a mere $199.
The company claims the GPU addresses a huge barrier to VR adoption, that is the prohibitive cost of the high-end graphics cards needed to run VR systems. According to AMD, the Radeon RX 480 is capable of “delivering VR capability common in $500 GPUs,” bringing virtual reality to the masses.
During their press event at Computex 2016, AMD detailed specs of the Polaris-powered RX 480, revealing the card would deliver over 5 TFLOPS of compute performance. However, the all-important GPU clock speeds were missing from the specs-list though it can be calculated using the CU count and TFLOPS. A screenshot recently hit the web, courtesy of TechPowerUp, which shows that the RX 480 features a 1266MHz core clock.
This is something worth noting as Digital Foundry points out:
…clock-speeds and resultant TFLOPs aside – the specs for RX 480 are point-for-point a match for the GPU in Sony’s upcoming PlayStation Neo, all but confirming that the Sony mid-gen console refresh uses both Polaris technology and the new 14nm FinFET chip manufacturing process.
This isn’t something out of the blue since there had already been rumors claiming the PlayStation Neo would feature 36 CU Polaris GPU with more than 4.19 TFLOPs of horsepower. This means, PS Neo could have an almost 2.3x increase in performance thanks to the new AMD chip built using the 14nm FinFET node from GloFo.
Moreover, the next gen console was rumored to feature a total bandwidth of 218 GB/s, up from 176 GB/s, which is again pretty close to Radeon RX 480’s 256GB/s.
What’s more interesting is the fact that Radeon RX 480 is priced at $199, with AMD claiming the chip in CrossFire setup is faster than Nvidia GTX 1080. Which means we are looking at a console that could offer double the amount of housepower at a relatively less price, likely for $399.
What are your thoughts about AMD Radeon RX 480? Do you think the chip could make its way to the Sony PS Neo? Let us know in the comments section below.
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