Full Polaris 10 GPU Inside AMD RX 480; Nothing More To Polaris Than That
AMD RX 480 was a really hyped GPU and it was the budget king for about a month. Whether or not it still is can be debated upon but without a doubt, it is great value for money. Before the card came out there were speculations about how powerful it would be and some people went overboard and claimed it would be as powerful as the Fury. But when the card finally came out that was not the case. So is this the full Polaris 10 GPU or is there more to the story that we have not been told about yet?
Well to give you the whole story short. No, there is nothing more to Polaris 10. Three cards were released, the RX 480, RX 470 and RX 460. RX 480 is a full Polaris 10 GPU. There is nothing that has been kept locked away from the users and what you get from the card is full Polaris 10.
The max that is possible. If you thought that RX 480 is not full Polaris 10 and that there would be an RX 490 or RX 480X that would be based on Polaris 10 and would surpass the RX 480 then that is not happening.
The Polaris 10 die shows:
- 36 compute units
- 64 shaders per CU
- 2,304 shaders
What does this mean? It means that RX 480 is as good as Polaris 10 gets and the whole die is being used. There is nothing to spare. Nothing that the user can unlock, if you were hoping to find something in the first place. You are better off betting your money on Vega 10 or 11.
What this means is that Nvidia will have the last laugh for now until we see what Vega 10 is capable of. To make matters a bit more clear AMD was never looking to take on Nvidia for the high-end GPU market anyways. Their goal was to get VR to the masses, to bring PC gaming to budget gamers and mainstream players and that is what AMD has done.