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AMD 2016-2018 GPU roadmap leaked

AMD 2016-2018 GPU roadmap leaked

AMD Reveals Future GPU Roadmap - No HBM2 on Polaris?

AMD 2016-2018 GPU roadmap leaked

 

AMD's GPU roadmap for 2016-2018 has been revealed, showing that AMD plans on moving to HBM2 memory in 2017 and to a future NextGen memory standard in 2018.  

Sadly this new roadmap does not give us any more information on AMD's upcoming Polaris architecture, but it does confirm that AMD will not be using HBM 2 memory and will be made with two new GPU core designs, which will each be made into several different SKUs that AMD can sell. 

Initially AMD stated that they expected a 2x increase in performance per watt when moving past the 28nm Fiji architecture used in the R9 Fury X when that GPU was announced almost a year ago. Now AMD estimates that Polaris will have a 2.5x performance per watt advantage, showing that their Polaris GPUs are performing better than was initially expected on the 14nm FinFET manufacturing process. 

AMD's Polaris Architecture is not listed as supporting HBM2 memory, with AMD's 2017 Vega Architecture being the first GPU listed with HBM2 support, meaning that AMD Polaris GPUs may be sticking with GDDR5 memory for Polaris, though GDDR5X remains a possibility. 

 

AMD 2016-2018 GPU roadmap leaked  

AMD's new Polaris, GCN 4.0 architecture will feature a newly designed command processor, a dedicated multimedia section, a new display engine, geometry processors, an updated memory controller and a set of L2 cache, all of which will be instrumental in giving AMD more performance in this upcoming generation of GPUs.

The new command processor will likely help AMD with Asynchronous computing tasks with the new DirectX 12 API, promising that the GPU will never be sitting at idle and the new memory controller will no doubt help AMD make the most out of every bit of memory bandwidth that they can get their hands on with whatever memory standard AMD have decided to use with Polaris.  

 

AMD announces Polaris architecture - GCN 4.0

 

AMD's new Geometry processor design will likely give AMD a boost in tessellation performance when compared to their previous generation GPUs, as this has been a place where AMD has been behind Nvidia for several generations and AMD is no doubt working hard to rectify this. 

This new GPU will also have the ability to encode and decode h.265 (HEVC) media, which hopefully means that AMD will be gaining a dedicated shadowplay functionality within their drivers, instead of relying on dedicated external applications. AMD's next generation of GPUs will also be using DP 1.3 and HDMI 2.0a display connections, allowing the most modern displays to be used with these devices, allowing 4K 120Hz support and more. 

AMD's new roadmap confirms that the next generation of GPUs will also be using DP 1.3 and HDMI 2.0 display connections, allowing the most modern displays to be used with these devices, allowing 4K 120Hz support and more. 

Hopefully, this leak is the first of many regarding AMD and Nvidia's upcoming GPUs, as I am personally excited to see what both companies have up their sleeves, especially when it comes to tackling both VR and high-resolution gaming. 

 

You can join the discussion on AMD's leaked GPU roadmap on the OC3D Forums

 

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20-04-2016, 15:17:08

Agost
Well, nothing new, the roadmap was showed at the capsaicin event...Quote

20-04-2016, 16:34:18

xnax2802
I might just be confusing myself right now, but I'm suddenly reading this as if there's only going to be two cards released in 2016. Or is it two chips with a couple of different binning stages? So say Polaris 10 would become the 480, 480X and 490 for example?Quote

20-04-2016, 16:39:20

WYP
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Originally Posted by xnax2802 View Post
I might just be confusing myself right now, but I'm suddenly reading this as if there's only going to be two cards released in 2016. Or is it two chips with a couple of different binning stages? So say Polaris 10 would become the 480, 480X and 490 for example?
Two chips with multiple binning stages. Same as how the Figi Chip is used in the R9 Fury, Fury X and Nano.

Every chip from AMD or Nvidia is always used in at least two GPUs, often more.Quote

20-04-2016, 17:37:48

AngryGoldfish
I do hope that Vega comes in early 2017 rather than later. It makes sense that it does.

- Fiji core (Fury X, Fury, Nano) is flagship for late 2015-early 2017, replacing Hawaii.

- Polaris 10 and 11 replaces 300 series GPU's since that is where AMD is suffering right now. The cards are performing well, obviously, but they are hotter and consume more power than nVidia.

- Maybe AMD will release a Polaris GPU late in 2016 with GDDR5X that replaces the Fury X as their flagship, but that means Vega will most likely be later in 2017.

- Vega replaces Fiji in (hopefully early) 2017 with HBM2.Quote

20-04-2016, 22:25:29

jimma47
Considering we're nearly half way through 2016 already I'm still keen to see what AMD bring to the table. Pascal v Polaris will be a make or break release I think so I hope they get it right.

I wonder though whether the two different architectures being released in the following 24 months are going to sabotage their own sales? Would you buy Polaris knowing it only has a 12 month life cycle? I imagine they will continue with the rebadging so Current Fury becomes 490 etc to prolong the lifecycle and mature the tech.

I'm not looking to upgrade until next year at the earliest so could be Big Pascal v Vince Vega for me.Quote
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