AMD’s Powerful Vega 10 GPU Expected For Launch in 1H 2017 – Utilizes HBM2 Memory, Featured in High-End Graphics Cards
AMD has just launched their first graphics cards based on the Polaris architecture and we will be looking at even more cards in the coming weeks. While Polaris is great for the mainstream side of things, AMD is expected to launch their next-generation Vega 10 GPU in the first half of 2017 which will be featured on very powerful cards aimed at the high-end and enthusiast sector of the PC gaming community.
AMD Vega 10 GPUs Rumored For Launch in First Half of 2017 – HBM2 For The High-End Radeons
The latest rumor regarding Vega 10 comes from Fudzilla who are reporting that the first graphics card based on this GPU could launch in first half of 2017. We have known since AMD’s Capsaicin 2016 event that Vega would be arriving in 2017 and would succeed the Polaris 10 and Polaris 11 GPUs which are available in the retail GPU market. The Vega architecture had already reached a crucial design milestone suggesting that the development of the chip is underway and we could see it in market as early as Q1 2017.
Vega 10 is the successor to Polaris and if all goes well you will see the world’s first HBM 2.0 based GPU from the house of AMD – RTG in the first part of 1H 2016, possibly even in Q1 2017. via Fudzilla
The official AMD Graphics Roadmap shows Vega launching in 2017 with HBM2.
Some main features of the Vega 10 GPU would include an improved GCN design which will lead to better GPU efficiency compared to Polaris and use of HBM2 standard. It’s not known whether Vega will consist of an entire stack of HBM2 GPUs or just the top-end stack. The way AMD shows the product positioning of Vega in the road map shows that the former could be true with both Vega 10 and Vega 11 utilizing the latest HBM2 standard that delivers insane amount of bandwidth, higher VRAM capacity and lower power consumption compared to HBM1 and GDDR5.
|GPU Family||AMD Vega||AMD Navi||NVIDIA Pascal||NVIDIA Volta|
|Flagship GPU||Vega 10||Navi 10?||NVIDIA GP100||NVIDIA GV110|
|GPU Process||FinFET||7nm FinFET?||TSMC 16nm FinFET||FinFET|
|GPU Transistors||15-18 Billion||TBC||15.3 Billion||TBD|
|Memory (Consumer Cards)||HBM2?||Next-Gen Memory||GDDR5X/HBM2||GDDR5X/HBM2?|
|Memory (Dual-Chip Professional/ HPC)||HBM2||Next-Gen Memory||HBM2||HBM2|
|HBM2 Bandwidth||512 GB/s (Instinct MI25)||>1 TB/s?||732 GB/s (Peak)||1 TB/s (Peak)|
|Graphics Architecture||Next Compute Unit (Vega)||Next Compute Unit (Navi)||5th Gen Pascal CUDA||6th Gen Volta CUDA|
|Successor of (GPU)||Radeon RX 500 Series?||Radeon RX 600 Series?||GM200 (Maxwell)||GV110 (Volta)|
AMD Vega 10 GPU Would Replace High-End Fury Products Next Year
AMD’s goal with Vega 10 would be to replace their Fiji based Fury series with high-performance offerings that feature the second generation High-Bandwidth memory solution. The Vega series of GPUs are based on brand new technology and architectural layouts. You may call it a step better than Polaris which itself is a 2.8x leap on AMD’s older 28nm products. Vega is going to deliver better performance per watt than Polaris due to a efficient memory architecture and a fine tuned 14nm FinFET process.
The Vega 10 GPUs are expected to feature up to 4096 stream processors along with various SKUs that feature different VRAM configurations. Since HBM2 delivers better bandiwdth, we could see up to 1 TB/s solutions that is currently only delivered on the Radeon Pro Duo (512 GB/s x 2). There will be several designs featured on the discrete GPUs and integrated chip designs such as HPC APUs and mobility APUs.
As mentioned before, the Vega 10 GPU is expected to feature as much as 32 GB of HBM2 VRAM along with 18 billion transistors crammed underneath its die that is manufactured on the latest 14nm process node. This will make Vega a true professional offering but that doesn’t mean the card won’t be built for gamers. As always, AMD will pay just as much attention to the PC gaming market as they did with the previous GPU releases such as Fiji and Hawaii. We expect more to hear on Vega 10 as 2017 approaches.
AMD Graphics Architectures
|WCCFTech||Year||Product||GPU||Process||Transistors In Billions||Performance||Memory||Bandwidth|
|Southern Islands||2012||HD 7970 Ghz||Tahiti||28nm||4.3||4.1 TFLOPS||3GB GDDR5||264GB/s|
|Volcanic Islands||2013||R9 290X||Hawaii||28nm||6.2||5.6 TFLOPS||4GB GDDR5||320GB/s|
|Caribbean Islands||2015||R9 Fury X||Fiji||28nm||8.9||8.6 TFLOPS||4GB HBM1||512GB/s|
|POLARIS||2016||RX 480||Polaris 10||14nm||5.7||5.2 TFLOPS||8GB GDDR5||256 GB/s|
|VEGA||2017||TBA||Vega 10||14nm||Up To 18||12 TFLOPS||16GB HBM2||512 GB/s|
|VEGA||2018||TBA||Vega 20||7nm||-||-||32GB HBM2||1 TB/s|
|NAVI||2019||TBA||Navi 10||7nm||-||-||Nextgen Memory||-|