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AMD Radeon R9 480X and Radeon R9 480 With Polaris 10 GPU Rumored For Late June Release – Paper Launch Expected at Computex

Hassan Mujtaba
Posted Apr 7, 2016
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AMD might be planning to launch their first FinFET based products in June, as reported by Videocardz (via HW Battle). According to a rumor posted by the source, AMD will have two brand new products based on the GCN 4.0 architecture, the Radeon R9 480X and the Radeon R9 480. Both cards are expected to feature Polaris GPU architecture which is the next major revision to the Graphics Core Next.

AMD Radeon R9 480X and R9 480 Rumored For June Release – Based on 14nm FinFET GPU Core

AMD had already stated that they will launch their Polaris architecture based products in mid of 2016. The date aligns with the rumor which mentions a launch during June. AMD is expected to launch two new graphics cards, the Radeon R9 480X and the Radeon R9 480. Both graphics cards will be the first to feature the Polaris core that has been developed on the 14nm FinFET process from Global Foundries.

The rumor states that AMD and their AIB partners will showcase brand new Radeon R9 480 series cards to the public at Computex. This will be a paper launch which will be followed by an official launch at the end of June. Both graphics cards will specifically feature the Polaris 10 graphics core which is the high-end version that AMD demonstrated at their Capsaicin event last month. The source is very clear on the use of Radeon R9 480 series branding which means that these could be replacements for the Radeon R9 390 series cards that feature AMD Hawaii GPUs.

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It’s very interesting that AMD is not using their Fury naming scheme as they have been using new branding schemes for their top, enthusiast class products such as the Radeon R9 Fury, Radeon R9 Nano and the recent Radeon R9 Pro Duo.

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If Polaris 10 is indeed a replacement for Hawaii, I believe that it will be almost as fast as Radeon R9 Fury series cards. Regardless, the Radeon R9 480X and Radeon R9 480 will be competing against a new GeForce series from NVIDIA that will utilize their Pascal graphics architecture which was announced yesterday.

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NVIDIA is expected to announce their GeForce Pascal graphics cards for consumers in June which is about the same time they start to ship their GP100 GPUs to HPC servers. It will be really interesting to compare both consumer Polaris and Pascal graphics cards since they are launching very close to one another and both are based on the FinFET process.

AMD Graphics Architectures

WCCFTechYearProductGPUProcessTransistors In BillionsPerformanceMemoryBandwidth
Southern Islands2012HD 7970 GhzTahiti28nm4.3 4.1 TFLOPS3GB GDDR5264GB/s
Volcanic Islands2013R9 290XHawaii28nm6.25.6 TFLOPS4GB GDDR5320GB/s
Caribbean Islands2015R9 Fury XFiji28nm8.98.6 TFLOPS4GB HBM1512GB/s
POLARIS2016RX 480Polaris 1014nm5.75.2 TFLOPS8GB GDDR5256 GB/s
VEGA2017TBAVega 1014nmUp To 1812 TFLOPS16GB HBM2512 GB/s
VEGA2018TBAVega 207nm--32GB HBM21 TB/s
NAVI2019TBANavi 107nm--Nextgen Memory-

AMD Polaris GPUs Will Be Competitive in terms of Performance To Dollar Value

The Radeon R9 480X and R9 480 cards will be AMD’s most competitive solutions in the sweet spot range. They will be built with performance to dollar value in mind and AMD is making sure that they deliver fast FPS at very reasonable prices for consumers. Aside from the Polaris 10 core, AMD also has Polaris 11 which is a smaller and far more efficient GPU developed on the Polaris architecture which will deliver the best performance to wattage ratio on the entry to mid range discrete and fast notebook designs.

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“What you’ll see us do is completely different with Polaris 10 and 11. We are really focusing on trying to bring FinFET technology with it’s amazing performance per watt to as many segments as possible. As many ranges of performance as possible. I can tell you Ryan, you and your readers, you’ll be pleased at what we’re going to do with this thing and you’ll be surprised.
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“We’re looking at the entire gamut of players, how many millions of them are there, what they buy, the performance per dollar aspect. How do we make it sweet for them from the performance per dollar aspect”

AMD’s Polaris 10 and Polaris 11 are AMD’s First FinFET GPUs!

An AMD Polaris 10 graphics card, presumably the Radeon R9 480 series, was already demonstrated by AMD at their Capsaicin 2016 event. While AMD didn’t showcase the graphics card in its entirety, journalists were able to grab some pictures of the card revealing it’s display configuration. Some were also lucky to note that the small Polaris 11 graphics card was operating passively inside a small form factor PC while playing games. Polaris brings up to 2.5x efficiency on GCN architecture along with incremental changes to the graphics block. We can’t wait to see what AMD has in stock for consumers!

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