In a few months AMD will launch the Radeon RX 500 series, its new generation of High Performance and Mainstream graphics cards. The RX 500 series will replace the RX 400 series. It will offer better performance and efficiency to compete directly with the NVIDIA Pascal series. While there is a chance that details might change, AMD has been sending information to several AIBs that the RX 500 series cards will feature the Vega 10 and 11 graphics cores.

AMD Vega Radeon Next Generation GPU AMD Radeon RX 500 family set to Launch. High End cards to feature Vega 10 chip and Mainstream to feature Vega 11

High Performance Variant of RX 500 Will feature Vega 10 Graphics Core

At CES 2017 AMD showcased their Vega 10 GPU in the Instinct M125. Capable of handling 12.5 TFLOPs (FP32) and 25 TFLOPs (FP16) this product aims to accelerate AI research. Ever since enthusiasts have been eagerly awaiting announcement of the high-performance variants of the RX 500 series family.

Graphics Card R9 Fury X RX 480 TBA TBA
GPU Fiji XT Polaris 10 Vega 11 Vega 10
Process Node 28nm 14nm 14nm 14nm
Stream Processors 4096 2304 TBD 4096
Performance 8.6 TFLOPS
8.6 (FP16) TFLOPS
5.8 (FP16) TFLOPS
25 (FP16) TFLOPS
Memory Bus 4096-bit 256-bit TBA 2048-bit
Bandwidth 512 GB/s 256 GB/s TBA 409.6 GB/s
TDP 275W 150W TBA <300W
Launch 2015 2016 2017 2017

via: wccftech

AMD Vega 10 GPU Radeon Vega Graphics Card 6 AMD Radeon RX 500 family set to Launch. High End cards to feature Vega 10 chip and Mainstream to feature Vega 11
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What do We Know of the AMD Vega 10

NCU (Next Compute Unit) design derived 14nm GFX9 core architecture will be utilized in the new graphics chips.The graphics cards feature 64 Compute Units or 4096 Stream processors and AMD plans to increase throughput by increasing the clock speeds. The increase in throughput will allow AMD to perform better than the 28nm, GCN 3.0 architecture derived Fiji GPUs. Early calculations indicate that the die of the chip spans over 500mm² and features 2 HMB2 stacks which can be extended up to 16 GB of HMB2 VRAM. The demonstration given by AMD on DOOM and Star Wars: Battlefront featured only 8 GB of HMB2 VRAM on the chipset.

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The Radeon R9 Fury X, which was the first generation of HMB graphics cards, was limited to just 4 GM of VRAM as it had only one stack of 4 layers (256 MB per layer). The new HMB2 cards have 2 stacks and can clock speeds of 2 Gb/s as compared to 1 Gb/s on HMB1 cards

Vega Final Presentation 15 AMD Radeon RX 500 family set to Launch. High End cards to feature Vega 10 chip and Mainstream to feature Vega 11

Vega 11 Graphics Core for Mainstream Tier Cards

The smaller Vega 11 chip will be utilized for the mainstream and performance tier cards. The Vega 11 core will be replacing the Polaris 10 chip as AMD’s standard mainstream chip and will be priced under $300. In order to keep the prices lower AMD might go with the traditional GDDR5X memory or they might use a single stack HMB1. Both these options would limit the maximum memory capacity but will allow fewer errors in the manufacturing process and drive the price down.

There are some rumors that AMD might be continuing development on their Polaris chips because they are AMD’s most competitive product. Chances are that the Radeon RX 460 which features the Polaris 11 core might re-branded as the RX 560.

HD 7000 Series Radeon 200 Series Radeon Fury Series Radeon RX 400 Series TBA
Flagship GPU Tahiti Hawaii Fiji Polaris 10 Vega #TBA
GCN Iteraion GCN 1 GCN 2 GCN 3 GCN 4 GCN NCU
Launch 2011 2013 2015 2016 2017
Die Size 352mm2 438mm2 596mm2 232mm2 530-560mm2
Memory Architecture GDDR5 GDDR5 HBM1 GDDR5 HBM2

Via: wccftech

So far this is all the information that we have available, however the Capsaicin and Cream event, which will live stream from GDC on the 28 of Feb will bring more details. AMD is set to unveil some new Graphics and VR gaming technologies at this event. We should have more details coming in by that time. In the mean time check out the test of the RX 500 in 4 games.

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