AMD Vega Lineup Launch Venue Teased; RX 480X Release Imminent?
Now that AMD has finished its Polaris-based GPU line up and all three new RX 480, RX 470 and RX 460 are available in the market, the company is about to start fully focusing on their next-generation Vega lineup. Of course there is probably still one more Polaris based GPU left, possibly the RX 490 or 480X.
Chris Hook, Senior Director of Global Marketing and PR at Radeon Technologies Group recently teased an image on his personal Facebook wall revealing the image was from the “Vega launch venue” which suggests the company is gearing up to officially announce their Vega architecture high-end GPUs, although probably not in the same run down factory area shown in the image.
It might however be still some time until that launch event actually happens and the GPU release will obviously be at least a few months after that. This coincides with earlier rumors of Vega 10 GPUs being aimed towards an early 2017 launch.
The HBM2 powered Vega lineup will exclusively feature high-end cards as AMD targeted the mainstream GPU market with its sub-$300 Polaris 10 lineup. After all AMD did say that the Polaris line up will be targeted towards consumers who want to spend less than $300 on a good gaming PC and they have delivered on that promise so far.
Based on a fine tuned 14nm FinFET process, AMD Vega is expected to 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 over the R9 Fury X. Although there have been rumors that Vega 10 features the same stream processor count as Fiji based Fury X.
SK Hynix, the manufacturers of HBM2 memory have only recently started shipping out their chips so a Vega launch in 2016 is highly unlikely. This however leaves the entire high-end market to Nvidia for rest of the year as AMD doesn’t have any product to properly counter their GTX 1070 and 1080.