AMD Working On Two High-End Vega GPUs, Greenland & Vega 10 Not the Same?
While AMD is still in process of launching their Polaris based Radeon RX 400 series of graphics cards, rumors regarding the next generation Vega architecture have already started making rounds. Scheduled to arrive in the first half of 2017, AMD Vega will be a high-end GPU that will come equipped with the next iteration of High Bandwidth Memory, or HBM2.
Recently, VideoCardz has spotted the keywords “VEGA 10” and “VEGA 11” along with “GREENLAND” in OpenCL driver, that is present in the latest Crimson software. Here is the list:
CI / GFX7: MILOS, KRYPTOS, HAWAII, NEVIS, PENNAR, BONAIRE, Kabini
VI / GFX8: ICELAND, TONGA, CARRIZO, BERMUDA, racerx, FIJI
GFX81: AMUR, STONEY, ELLESMERE, DERECHO
GFX9: GREENDLAND, RAVEN1X, VEGA 10, VEGA 11
The extreme left SI, CI, VI and GFX represent GPU generations, for example GFX9 is the next-gen architecture we’re interested in. It includes Greenland, Raven1X, Vega 10 and Vega 11. This is a bit surprising for us given Greenland was rumored to be just another codename for Vega 10, but it is listed as a separate entity here. Which means it could be something else, probably another high-end chip, who knows.
Greenland was first spotted back in March, in the LinkedIn profile of an AMD employee. The next-gen GPU was revealed to a leading project of Graphic IP v9.0, and that it could feature 4096 stream processors, which led us to believe it could actually be referring to AMD Vega 10.
What so ever, Vega is still a long way to go, as confirmed by AMD Graphics boss Raja Koduri last month when he announced a development achievement for Vega 10 GPU series.
Based on a fine tuned 14nm FinFET process, AMD Vega would deliver a significant Perf/Watt improvement over Polaris which itself offers 2.8x increase over older 28nm products. So we’re looking at up to 70% performance boost with Vega 10/Greenland over the R9 Fury X. In addition to this, the company could launch Vega family of GPUs in a liquid cooled as well as a new dual GPU design.