Wait For AMD Vega 10 if You Want RX 480X as It’s Not Happening
The AMD RX 480 is here and some people are calling it the budget king. While others have their issues with the higher power draw from the motherboard PCIe slot. Some people thought that they would get something even better that would surpass the RX 480, something like the RX 480x. AMD has confirmed that the RX 480 is full Polaris 10. But what about Vega 10?
In an interview with PCGamesHardware, Evan Groenke, Senior Product Manager for Polaris 10 said:
I can absolutely confirm with you right here, that Polaris 10 in its full configuration defined by the silicon is a 36 Compute Unit configuration there’s nothing else hidden on that product that end users might be looking forward to unlocking. This is the pinnacle, the latest and greatest of the Polaris 10 product.
What this means for the everyday gamer is that RX 480 is pretty much it. It is full Polaris 10. So Polaris 10 is not getting any bigger than that and if you are looking to get more power out of an AMD card then you will be better off waiting for Vega 10.
This would be bad news for gamers that were looking for an AMD budget gaming card that would match the GTX 980.
But there might still be hope as we have heard rumors about the upcoming RX 490. Though there is no confirmation about this GPU from AMD, the AMD CEO did say that they will target the $100-300 market and none of the GPUs from AMD have crossed the $250 price point yet.
So it is possible that the RX 490 could be the $300 card.
The RX 490 could have some serious power with Vega 10 and Polaris 10. When it comes to Vega 10,AMD did say that everything is on track and that they have reached a milestone in the process of getting there. Can we expect something by the end of the year?
We are not sure. AMD is keeping to themselves when it comes to Vega and we do not know at this point what they are working on.
Whatever it is I hope it aligns with their new budget friendly direction and I hope that the upcoming AMD cards will also cater the masses with fair prices and great performance. What does Vega 10 mean for PC gamers? Only time will tell.