Confirmed: High-end AMD Vega GPU To Ship in H1 2017 – 16GB of HBM2 Memory, 10 TFLOPS
Lately, there has been a lot of confusion relating to the release date of the AMD’s next generation Vega GPU architecture. Back at Sonama event in December 2015, AMD implied it would first launch the midrange Polaris-based GPUs in mid-2016, followed by a high-end Vega architecture later in the year. Those plans had changed by March, when a modified launch plan surfaced with Vega actually pulling in.
If that wasn’t enough, AMD held its investors presentation last month where those plans have changed once again, and this time AMD said it would launch Vega for the enthusiast market in 1H 2017. To clear the air, AMD’s chief technology officer Mark Papermaster reaffirmed this Vega launch window at the Deutsche Bank 2016 Technology Conference taking place in Las Vegas this week.
Papermaster confirmed that the first Vega-based cards would indeed roll out during the first half of 2017. These will be the high-end products aimed at the enthusiast PC market, and would compete directly against the Nvidia GTX 10-series graphics cards.
According to Papermaster, Vega will bring a “significant” improvement in terms of performance and efficiency over the current Polaris GPU architecture. We know that AMD’s 14nm FinFET Polaris-based cards target mainstream customers that want to achieve a decent visual upgrade for a low cost. The Radeon RX 400-series includes the $99 RX 460, the $179 RX 470, and the $199 RX 480.
The upcoming Vega GPU will be built on a more refined 14nm FinFET process node. It will comprise of two variants: Vega 10 for enthusiasts and Vega 11 for every other gamer. As for specs, Vega 10 GPU is supposed to sport 4096 shaders, with 16GB of “stacked” HBM2 memory, delivering 10 TFLOPs of compute performance.
The Vega launch window is seemingly aligned with AMD’s launch of Summit Ridge processors based on the next-gen Zen architecture in 2017. The Summit Ridge is an eight-core desktop model that will rival Intel Broadwell-E series CPUs. The Zen-based processors will fit on the new AM4 platform which supports DDR4 system memory, PC Express 3.0 connectivity, and more.