Raja’s Spicy Reveal: AMD Vega GPU is called RX Vega

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Feb 28, 2017
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Okay, so its not everyday that the SVP of our beloved company hints at our humble existence. At the Capsaicin and Cream event a few minutes back, Raja Koduri playfully hinted that while speculation has been high, the  Vega GPU will not be called the RX 490 or the RX 580, thanking us for inventing brand names that didn’t exist (we would point Raja to the official AMD nomenclature, but hey, we can take a joke) and revealing the true name of the graphics card in question: the RX Vega.

RTG’s Raja Koduri wants you to know that Vega GPU isn’t called an RX 490/RX 580 – its called the RX Vega

This was the much promised spicy announcement at the end of the event which turned out to be irresponsible amounts of spicy. Unfortunately, not much else was revealed in the event apart from some additional architectural details that you can read about over here.

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The RX Vega will be AMD’s 4K ready flagship that will be taking on the GTX 1080 at a (probably) similar price point. It is going to be the crown jewel in AMD’s RX lineup. The existing Polaris based lineup currently maxes out at the Polaris 10 based RX 480 – which is roughly equivalent to the GTX 1060 in terms of graphical performance. According to AMD, Polaris 10 is the largest 14nm FinFET GPU available right now and that raises interesting questions what we can expect from the RX Vega.

Regardless of what Raja decides to call it when RX Vega hits the shelves, we already know quite a bit about the specifics of the graphics card. We know that it will have 4096 stream processors as well as HBM2 memory. We also know that it will be targeting the 4K resolution and have roughly 12.5 TFLOPs of compute performance. The amount of HBM should be 8GB with a TDP envelope of around 250 watts. The process node is going to be the 14nm GloFo/Samsung node that AMD is so well protected in.

There’s not much to talk about when covering Raja calling Vega, well, a Vega, so I will conclude on the following note: The Vega GPU has been a long time coming and every month that passes by without a proper high end Pascal competitor is one where AMD sees its market share shrink. It would appear, and it is my suspicion, that the measly finances of the company are currently being utilized to make sure Ryzen is a success, but in doing so, they might drop the ball on the one thing that has always kept AMD propped up: the Radeon Technologies Group.

 

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