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AMD Polaris 10 XT2 and Polaris 12 appear in MacOS drivers

AMD Polaris 10 XT2 and Polaris 12 appear in macOS drivers

AMD Polaris 10 XT2 and Polaris 12 appear in macOS drivers

AMD Polaris 10 XT2 and Polaris 12 appear in MacOS drivers

 
AMD GPUs that are designated as Polaris 10 XT2 and Polaris 12 have been found in Apple's MacOS drivers, alongside AMD's upcoming Vega10 GPU, suggesting that Apple has plans to use AMD's future GPUs in their products and that AMD may not be finished with their Polaris architecture. 
 
As you can see in the image below both AMD's Polaris 10 and Polaris 11 GPUs are already listed, suggesting that Polaris 10 XT2 and Polaris 12 are entirely new GPUs, with Polaris 12 potentially being the GPU core which powers the RX 490 or perhaps a future RX 500 series GPU. We have already seen GPU benchmarks for a device  with the ID 687F:C1, which is thought to be a future AMD high-end GTX 1080 competitor

  

AMD Polaris 10 XT2 and Polaris 12 appear in macOS drivers

 

At this time is unknown how closely related Polaris 10XT2 is related to AMD's existing Polaris 10 silicon, whether it is a revised version of the GPU with enhanced clock speeds and more efficient operation or a GPU which features two Polaris 10 GPU cores.

With the mention of Vega 10 in this MacOS driver, it seems likely that Vega will release as an AMD RX 500 series GPU, with Polaris 10XT2 and Polaris 12 coming as AMD's lower end offerings for this new GPU generation.    

 AMD Polaris 10 XT2 and Polaris 12 appear in macOS drivers

 

At this time it is hard to tell what these new Polaris GPUs signify, though it is clear that it Apple are looking to use more AMD made GPUs moving forward and that AMD has a few new GPUs up their sleeves for release in 2017. 

 

You can join the discussion on Polaris 12 and Polaris 10XT2 on the OC3D Forums

 

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07-12-2016, 11:09:06

AngryGoldfish
Hmmm... interesting. The name Polaris 10XT2 suggests a dual GPU, but the Polaris 12 confuses me. An even slower GPU than the Polaris 11 chip doesn't make sense unless it's a chip specifically designed for Apple and other small form factor systems.Quote

07-12-2016, 11:11:23

WYP
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Originally Posted by AngryGoldfish View Post
Hmmm... interesting. The name Polaris 10XT2 suggests a dual GPU, but the Polaris 12 confuses me. An even slower GPU than the Polaris 11 chip doesn't make sense unless it's a chip specifically designed for Apple and other small form factor systems.
Polaris 10 was made first and Polaris 11 was made second, so it may be possible that is is Polaris 12 because it is the 3rd Polaris GPU? It is hard to know where it would stand, but it could be a higher end product.Quote

07-12-2016, 11:19:21

AngryGoldfish
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Originally Posted by WYP View Post
Polaris 10 was made first and Polaris 11 was made second, so it may be possible that is is Polaris 12 because it is the 3rd Polaris GPU? It is hard to know where it would stand, but it could be a higher end product.
So that's why Vega is named that way? It's not that Vega 10 is inherently less powerful/more powerful than Vega 11, it's that it was designed first. OK, so that would make Polaris 12 potentially anything.Quote

07-12-2016, 11:21:16

WYP
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Originally Posted by AngryGoldfish View Post
So that's why Vega is named that way? It's not that Vega 10 is inherently less powerful/more powerful than Vega 11, it's that it was designed first. OK, so that would make Polaris 12 potentially anything.
Yeah, it is a strange naming scheme, but it makes sense. Why have a higher number for a lower end product otherwise?

Hard to know as you can't base a trend on two chips. I did hear an AMD rep talk about it like that before.Quote

07-12-2016, 12:09:00

AlienALX
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Originally Posted by AngryGoldfish View Post
Hmmm... interesting. The name Polaris 10XT2 suggests a dual GPU, but the Polaris 12 confuses me. An even slower GPU than the Polaris 11 chip doesn't make sense unless it's a chip specifically designed for Apple and other small form factor systems.
It could be an APU dude. Maybe Apple have tried Zen?Quote
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