AMD Radeon Boss Teases HBM2-Powered Vega 10 GPU
AMD is set to launch the Radeon RX 480 on June 29th. Built using the 14nm FinFET process, the first Polaris based card is set to offer a significant performance per watt improvement over the last generation cards.
However, the RX 480 won’t directly compete with Nvidia’s new GTX 10-series cards, the GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070. AMD will position its new card as the most affordable premium VR and 1440p gaming solution.
That being said, AMD is preparing to target the enthusiast market with their HBM2-powered Vega 10 GPU that will go head to head against the GTX 1080 or even the alleged GTX 1080 Ti whenever it launches. Good news for Team Red fans, the new GPU may be coming sooner than expected.
Raja Koduri, Senior VP and chief architect of the AMD Radeon Technologies Group (RTG), recently tweeted that he is headed to Shanghai “in Vega mode.”
In Shanghai this week…In Vega mode!
— Raja Koduri (@GFXChipTweeter) June 22, 2016
Later, Koduri shared a “Vega 10 Celebration” photo for achieving some milestone, but did say the GPU won’t arrive anytime soon.
Design team is thrilled with your response. Celebrated a milestone with the team. Long way to go before you see it pic.twitter.com/duQVBBGict
— Raja Koduri (@GFXChipTweeter) June 23, 2016
According to AMD’s GPU roadmap, Vega 10 could launch in early 2017. However, some rumors point to late October as being the potential launch date, and if true, it would allow AMD to quickly tie up both the mainstream and enthusiast market segments.
Vega 10 is supposedly AMD’s first architecture to feature the next iteration of High Bandwidth Memory, or HBM2. If a previous report is to be believed, the flagship GPU will feature 4096 stream processors – which is exactly the same as Fiji. But, do note that it will be built using the latest 14nm FinFET process node, and GCN 4.0, which is two generation ahead of Fiji so expect a massive leap in power efficiency.