AMD Vega 10 Coming End Of 2016 With Powerful V9 Architecture, Vega 11 Due 1H 2017

Khalid Moammer
Posted Oct 6, 2016
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AMD’s most powerful GPU yet code-named Vega 10 is set to debut at the end of the year with Vega 11 following early next year. The company also has a new board code-named “Magnum” that will be showcased at SC 2016 this upcoming November. It’s not clear yet whether Vega 10 will make its debut alongside “Magnum” next month but several of our sources have confirmed that we’ll definitely see Vega 10 before year’s end.

Magnum is a unique chip, it features a matrix of logic blocks that can be configured and programmed individually for any desired application or program. In other words, it’s the company’s first ever FPGA and its greatest attempt yet to expand its penetration into the high performance embedded market.

AMD’s Vega 10 Debuting Before Year’s End – Features New V9 GCN Architecture

Moving on to Vega 10, the GPU that most of you reading this are probably interested in. Vega 10 will be the very first GPU based on the company’s brand new GCN graphics architecture and 9th generation collection of visual IP. Vega 10 has been long in the making and we’ve heard so much about it over the past several months.

The specifications for AMD’s upcoming flagship Radeon graphics card, Fury X successor, based on Vega 10 have been leaked on one of the company’s leading engineers’ LinkedIn page. Packing an impressive 4096 next generation V9 cores and an unbelievable 12 teraflops of compute performance. Putting it ahead of Nvidia’s top dog the $1200 GTX TItan X.

Since then we have actually spotted the card on AMD’s & Sapphire’s official websites. The card was touted as a 4K gaming capable high-end offering with a 2016 release date. Not long after that Raja Koduri announced that the Radeon Technologies Group was celebrating a major milestone with regards to Vega 10’s development. Subsequently, the head of PR at the Radeon Technologies Group teased the launch venue for Vega 10 on his facebook page.

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Completely Redesigned V9 GCN Architecture With Significant Advances

The V9 nomenclature refers to AMD’s 9th graphics architecture. Which represents a significant departure from the previous 8th generation GCN architecture of Polaris ,RX 400 series, and AMD’s “Islands” family of R9 200 & HD 7000 graphics cards.

The structure and configuration of SIMD units is entirely new. Each SIMD is now capable of simultaneously processing variable length wavefronts. It also includes clever new coherency features to ensure peak stream processor occupancy in each compute unit at all times and reduce access times to cache and HBM. Memory delta color compression has also been improved. We’ll talk about the new architecture a lot more in-depth in a forthcoming article.

Vega 10 will come in several configurations for gaming & professional computing applications. All configurations will feature second generation high bandwidth memory but in various capacities. Radeon Pro Vega 10 will feature the highest configuration of 4096 stream processors and 16GB of memory. The board has a TDP of ~230W and is powered by eight and six pin PCIe power connectors.  Cooling wise the Radeon Pro will come in active and passively cooled configurations for servers.

AMD Vega 10 & Vega 11 GPUs

Graphics CardRX 480RX 580Fury Pro
GPUPolaris 10Vega 11Vega 10
Performance5.8 TFLOPS7-8 TFLOPS12 TFLOPS
Memory Bus256bit1024-bit2048-bit
Bandwidth256 GB/s256-512 GB/s512-1024 GB/s

AMD GPU Architecture Roadmap Vega 10

AMD’s Vega 11 Coming Early 2017, Faster & More Power Efficient Than Polaris 10

Vega 11 will feature 8GB of HBM2 and is aimed at delivering the highest possible performance in notebook devices as well as replacing Polaris 10 in the midrange on the desktop. The GPU will be faster than Polaris 10 and use less power. Vega 11 will come in mini-ITX SFF and standard PCIe form factors. Most of the GPU’s extra oomph comes from the updated graphics architecture in addition to higher clock speeds compared to the RX 480 and RX 470. Vega 11 based cards will target the same ~$250 mid-range target that’s currently occupied by Polaris 10 and Nvidia’s GTX 1060.

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Radeon Pro Vega 10 will be announced later this year with availability expected immediately after. Gaming Radeon graphics cards based on Vega 10 are expected to be available on shelves in the first quarter of next year. Vega 11 Radeon graphics cards are expected to be soon after that, but more towards the summer.

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-




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