No High-end GPU Release from AMD in 2016, Vega GPU Coming in 1H 2017
Slides from AMD’s latest presentation to its investors confirm that the company’s high-end Vega GPU will launch in the first half of 2017. This means we will not see any new Radeon cards this year except from those that have already been released.
We know that AMD has started regaining some market share in the past few months thanks to its Radeon RX 400 series. Based on the new 14nm FinFET Polaris architecture, the 400 series consists of three cards, the Radeon RX 480, RX 470 and RX 460. While these Polaris based cards are doing well in terms of sales, they are all aimed at the mainstream GPU market.
So if there are no roadmap changes, it’s fair to say that AMD will have no high-end GPU release in 2016, and hence no competitors to Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 until the next year.
Earlier, Chris Hook, Sr. Director, Global Marketing and PR at AMD, posted a photo on his Facebook page showing Vega 10 launch venue. Although he didn’t mention any exact launch date, many people took it to mean that the launch of the AMD Vega GPU might have been pushed forward. But recent documents presented to investors clarify that it won’t be the case.
As revealed by previous roadmaps, AMD Vega will launch in 2017, followed by Navi architecture in 2018. The Vega GPU will be an enthusiast-grade product from AMD that would deliver a high framerate gaming experience and premium VR solution.
Based on a fine tuned 14nm FinFET process, AMD Vega would feature HBM2 technology which should be rather a big jump over Polaris architecture in terms of memory speed. The GPU is expected to offer around 3x more Perf/Watt over older 28nm products.