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AMD reveals Vega mobile, an AMD discrete GPU for notebooks

Will Vega be more impressive in the lower-end of the GPU market?

AMD reveals Vega mobile, an AMD discrete GPU for notebooks

AMD reveals Vega mobile, an AMD discrete GPU for notebooks

From a consumer perspective, AMD's Vega architecture is a disaster, with prices that are often well above MSRP and performance that competes with Nvidia's GTX 1070/1080 class GPU instead of their premium GTX 1080 Ti. 

While these factors have classed the architecture as a failure for gamers, it is undeniable that the design has been successful for AMD overall. The GPU's desktop variant has frequently sold out nationwide, with the processor also finding a home within Ryzen Mobile APUs, Intel's G-series CPU packages and partially in both the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro (both of which include features from the architecture). 

The one question that remains up in the air is whether or not we will see a lower-end release of Vega as a discrete GPU, finally offering a replacement for AMD's ageing Polaris based RX400 and RX500 series of graphics processors. Now we have an answer, but not the one that you may be expecting. 

At CES AMD has showcased a chip that the company has called Vega Mobile, a discrete GPU that is designed to offer low-power operation, a small footprint thanks to HBM2 memory and provide VR-ready performance. In recently released images we can see that the chip is around half the size of AMD's RX Vega 64 silicon, with recent rumours stating that this GPU offers 28 GPU compute units. 

Right now it is unknown whether or not this GPU will see a desktop release, perhaps to replace AMD's Polaris lineup, though this will likely be confirmed or denied at a later date. In other mobile parts like Ryzen Mobile and Intel's G-series CPU Vega is clocked at around 1100MHz to 1250MHz, suggesting that the architecture offers higher levels of performance per watt at lower clock speeds, perhaps making the architecture more competitive with Nvidia in this market. 

  

AMD reveals Vega mobile, an AMD discrete GPU for notebooks  

The specifications of Vega Mobile are currently unknown, though we already know that a single chip of HBM2 memory can offer up to 8GB of memory, allowing this mobile GPU to potentially act like a lower power RX 580 or 570, judging by the chips size. 

Moving forward, it looks like 2018 will continue to be dominated by Vega GPUs, which is bad news for gamers given the current state of the high-end market. Vega will be getting a 7nm refresh, though this will be released to the machine learning market first as Vega Instinct Accelerator cards. At this time it is unknown whether or not Vega will get a consumer desktop release on 7nm. 

Looking at AMD's roadmaps their Navi architecture isn't set to be released until around 2019, making it appear as if AMD has abandoned the high-end consumer GPU market, at least for now. 


AMD reveals Vega mobile, an AMD discrete GPU for notebooks


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