AMD Vega 10 GPU Marketing Image For WWDC17 Was Not A Die Shot – No Info on Die Size Available, First Gaming Cards Still Months Away From Launch

Jun 7, 2017

Update – The article has been updated on the request of AMD. As stated previously in the article, the marketing image presented by AMD was not a die shot and just a marketing stunt by RTG for display at Apple’s WWDC17.

Yesterday, AMD revealed the first picture of their Vega 10 graphics chip which will debut later this month. Many sites allegedly called it a die shot but AMD has confirmed that they haven’t released a die shot of their upcoming graphics chip to date.

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AMD Radeon Vega 10 GPU Picture Is Not a Die Shot – Real Chip Not Even Close To The Renders Shown by AMD

The Vega 10 GPU picture which was released at WWDC17 isn’t a die shot but rather a marketing image cropped over the Vega chip. Many sites have alleged it to be a die shot of AMD’s fastest GPU since Fiji at Apple’s WWDC 17. The Vega GPU will be putting AMD back in the high-end, enthusiast market with fast graphics cards that deliver increased performance and higher efficiency compared to older 28nm parts. Based on the 14nm FinFET architecture, Vega will feature a range of new technologies, some of which include HBM2 and HBCC.

The news comes straight from Scott Wasson who’s the senior manager of product marketing at AMD (Previously Editor in Chief at The Tech Report). Scott mentions over at his twitter feed that the die shot was not real. He also mentioned that AMD has not released any specifics of die size so all information that is currently roaming the internet is speculation at best.

Well to be honest, the image isn’t even a die shot to begin with and that was the original intention of this article to report the misinterpretation by several media outlets calling it as such. There’s a difference between a block diagram and die shot. The picture shown on the Vega chip is closer to a block diagram rather than a die shot. It’s also worth noting that this isn’t the first time an Apple event discussing AMD tech has faked marketing material.

Here, you can see a Radeon Pro GPU inside the latest Macbook Pro which is powered by Intel’s Skylake architecture. Wait What???

Last year, Apple announced their Macbook Pro with AMD Polaris GPUs. It was seen in one of the marketing slides that Apple did a very bad job of copy/paste over the GPU die of Polaris. If you look closely, you will see an Intel Skylake die shot shopped over the Polaris GPU which looks really unprofessional.

Everything mentioned about Vega aside from the faked block diagram was reiteration of all the things we know about Vega till know. There’s no new information on Vega at the moment and it seems like the wait keeps on going as we wait for the first gaming Vega graphics card to arrive in August of 2017 which is two months away.

GPU Family AMD Vega AMD Navi NVIDIA Pascal NVIDIA Volta
Flagship GPU Vega 10 Navi 10 NVIDIA GP100 NVIDIA GV100
GPU Process 14nm FinFET 7nm FinFET TSMC 16nm FinFET TSMC 12nm FinFET
GPU Transistors 15-18 Billion TBC 15.3 Billion 21.1 Billion
GPU Cores (Max) 4096 SPs TBC 3840 CUDA Cores 5376 CUDA Cores
Peak FP32 Compute 13.0 TFLOPs TBC 12.0 TFLOPs >15.0 TFLOPs (Full Die)
Peak FP16 Compute 25.0 TFLOPs TBC 24.0 TFLOPs 120 Tensor TFLOPs
Memory (Consumer Cards) HBM2 HBM3 GDDR5X GDDR6
Memory (Dual-Chip Professional/ HPC) HBM2 HBM3 HBM2 HBM2
HBM2 Bandwidth 484 GB/s (Frontier Edition) >1 TB/s? 732 GB/s (Peak) 900 GB/s
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) GP100 (Pascal)
Launch 2017 2019 2016 2017