AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 & 56 Could Come To Gaming Laptops, Company Hints
CES 2018 has pretty much concluded and while AMD has been mostly tight-lipped regarding its specific plans for next generation Radeon parts in 2018, we've seen the company detail its planned long-term graphics roadmap. Stretching all the way into 2020, we're going to be seeing the Radeon Technologies Group shrink the Vega architecture to 7nm next year and introduce the brand new Navi architecture some time after.
7nm Vega will be tuned for the computing and AI markets, the company has confirmed, and will be sampling late this year, shipping next year. As things stand right now, the company hasn't made any announcements regarding what would be coming to the desktop gaming market this year. What it has said about the mobile market however, has been far more exciting.
AMD Radeon Vega Mobile
AMD has introduced a brand new Vega chip branded "Vega mobile". Those who've been following the industry for a while will know that this is the infamous Vega 11 chip that we've seen leaked on so many occasions over the past year. Although no specifications have been made public about Vega mobile to date, we can tell from the size of the chip that we're looking at something half the size of Vega 10. So expect fewer than 2048 GCN stream processors paired with a single HBM2 stack, whispers are we're looking at 1536 SPs and 4-8GB of HBM2.
AMD Vega 10 "RX Vega 64 & RX Vega 56" Could Come To Gaming Laptops
More exciting perhaps is the prospect of AMD's high-end Vega 10 chip making it to the mobile market, something the company has confirmed is very much possible. In a video interview with PCGamesHardware.de, AMD's Scott Wasson confirmed that Vega 10 can in fact go into a notebook, and hinted that an AMD partner may be working on such a notebook design.
Scott Wasson - AMD Radeon Technologies Group
"I can't pre-announce products for our partners. It is possible to take a Vega 10 GPU and put it into a notebook. So we'll have to see."
While the chip itself is quite large the entire GPU + VRAM package is quite compact thanks to HBM2 technology. With that being said, putting Vega 10 inside a notebook will require a lot of clever engineering due to its significant power and cooling requirements. Although, we've seen AMD overcome those challenges in the past with the Radeon R9 Nano, which leveraged a full-fledged Fiji GPU but required a tiny cooler and consumed nearly half the power of an R9 Fury X which featured the same GPU configuration running at higher clock speeds.
We've seen photos of a Vega Nano prototype when the company announced Vega 64 and 56 last year at Capsaicin Siggraph, but we've yet to see the company launch or officially announce a Vega Nano product as of yet. Whether the company will eventually sell a Vega Nano product remains to be seen. It's possible that the company is working on a power optimized Vega 10 GPU that could simultaneously go into high-end gaming laptops and Vega Nano. We will just have to wait and see.
|GPU||Polaris 10||Vega 10||Vega 11 (Mobile)||Vega 20|
|Graphics Card||RX 480, 470||Vega FE, 64, 56||TBA (Vega 24,20)||TBA|
|Transistors In Billions||5.7||12||TBA||TBA|
|Stream Processors||2304||4096||1536||4096 (rumored)|
|Performance||5.8 TFLOPS||Up To 13 TFLOPS||TBA||12+ TFLOPS|
|TDP||150W||Up To 290W||TBA||~150W|
|Memory||8GB GDDR5||Up To 16GB HBM2||4GB HBM2||32GB HBM2|
|Bandwidth||256 GB/s||484 GB/s||TBA||1 Terabyte/s|