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We now have a better idea of what AMD's next-gen Polaris architecture will be when it arrives on video cards next month, thanks to AMD's recent press release.
There's on specific paragraph that's worth discussing, where AMD said: "AMD demonstrated its "Polaris" 10 and 11 next-generation GPUs, with Polaris 11 targeting the notebook market and "Polaris" 10 aimed at the mainstream desktop and high-end gaming notebook segment. "Polaris" architecture-based GPUs are expected to deliver a 2x performance per watt improvement over current generation products and are designed for intensive workloads including 4K video playback and virtual reality (VR)".
But as VideoCardz notes, we need to focus on the word 'mainstream'. AMD has stamped the word 'mainstream' onto everything between casual and enthusiast segments, where back in 2014, mainstream was associated with the Radeon R7 260.
Every single day seems to bring something new to the table when it comes to next-gen GPUs, with today being no exception - in the last 14 hours or so, we've gotten our first look at the GP104.
NVIDIA's GP104 GPU is the Pascal-based consumer GeForce GPU, which will power the upcoming GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 video cards. The GP104 is made on the 16nm FinFET process, but it looks like the GP104 will power two very different video cards.
The GeForce GTX 1080 is expected to arrive with 8GB of GDDR5X, while its sibling in the GTX 1070 will reportedly sport 8GB of GDDR5 - both with 256-bit memory buses. The GTX 1080 with its 8GB of GDDR5X will have it clocked at 2GHz (8GHz effective), an increase from the 7GHz effective speeds on the current GDDR5-based offerings.
AMD is days away from the official launch of its Radeon Pro Duo, the company's dual-GPU based on the Fiji architecture and HBM1 technology. HWBattle has received their sample, and have uploaded pictures for our viewing pleasure.
The Radeon Pro Duo features two Fiji XT GPUs with 4096 stream processors each, for a total of 8192 stream processors. Each GPU features 64 ROPs and 256 TMUs, with each GPU clocked at 1GHz. Each GPU also has 4GB of HBM1, for 8GB HBM1 total. We have 16 TFLOPs of 32-bit single precision compute performance, which makes the Radeon Pro Duo the fastest video card on the market.
The 4GB of HBM1 per GPU is clocked at 500MHz, resulting in 512GB/sec over the hugely wide 4096-bit memory bus. This means that applications designs for specific workloads on the Radeon Pro Duo can hit over 1TB/sec bandwidth - which is simply put, insane. The TDP of the Radeon Pro Duo is 350W, with 3 x 8-pin PCIe power connectors required. There's 3 x DP outputs and 1 x HDMI, too. Watercooling is standard, as the Fiji XT GPU runs quite hot, but AMD's engineering department took care of that with the Radeon Pro Duo.
It looks like AMD's next-gen Polaris flagship GPU has been spotted again, with the mysterious 'C99' receiving its RRA certification. This certification puts it on a path towards being consumer ready, which is exciting. These numbers might not look like much, but the nomenclature is used for test boards. All of the boards start with the letter C, with the number proceeding the letter C being the generation of video card. For example:
- Hawaii XT had the C67101 code name
- Tonga had the C76501 code name
- Fiji XT had the C88001 code name
This means that Polaris-based boards, alongside other GCN 4.0-based, should have the C9XXXX nomenclature. The Baffin XT-based GPU that was on Zauba recently had the C98101 codename, which tells us it's a Polaris-based product. But now the C99305, C99304, C99303, and C99302 have been spotted getting their RRA certification, back on April 8.
The RRA certification is South Korea's National Radio Research Agency, with any silicon-based electronic needing this certification before it can be a consumer product. The certification doubles as a final stage of design of the GPU, as no more changes can be made after the RRA certification has been approved.
What makes this new entry interesting, is that there's also the C99398 board - which could be a higher-end Polaris 10 offering or even our first tease of Vega 10. Vega will be powered by HBM2, which is something that won't grace Polaris. We don't know much more than this, but as soon as more news is here, you can be sure we'll be all over it.
We keep reporting on the GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070, based on the GP104 GPU, but what about the successor to the insanely popular GTX 950 and GTX 960? The GP106 will be released sometime later this year, and it might be a surprisingly powerful, yet power efficient video card.
According to the new reports, GP106 cards won't require any additional PCIe power connectors, so it'll be a slot-and-forget deal. We should expect the GeForce GTX 1060 to use less than 75W of power, which will be insane given that it should deliver a nice 30-50% bump in performance over the current GM206-based GTX 960. The 16nm FinFET process at its finest.
Right now, the GTX 950 and GTX 960 are still doing incredibly well in the market, so there's no need for NVIDIA to pump out a GM206-based successor just yet. But, the GTX 970 and GTX 980 cards have been out for nearly two years now, so bring on the GTX 1070/GTX 1080!
It might be late in the GTX 980 Ti game to make that much of a splash, but Colorful Technology Company Limited, a Chinese manufacturer of some very special video cards, has just unveiled its latest creation - the iGame GTX 980 Ti KUDAN.
The iGame GTX 980 Ti KUDAN features not just a unique custom-cooler, but powerful heat sinks packing an integrated watercooling loop that will provide some insane cooling. Five heat pipes are responsible for taking heat away from the GPU, dispersing it throughout densely packed fins and the watercooling loop, which spools up when extra cooling is required.
Colorful has deployed full-time GPU thermal monitoring which provides smart control over the integrated watercooling system, which can be configured with a custom watercooling loop if you want. The iGame GTX 980 Ti KUDAN also has an Overclocking Key, which when pressed, boosts the GPU up to a huge 1304MHz Boost clock.
Other than that, we have the same 2816 CUDA cores, 1000/1076 Core/Boost clock or the OC mode kicking it up to 1203/1304MHz. 6GB of GDDR5 is here, with 2 x 8-pin PCIe power connectors, 3 x DP/1 x HDMI 2.0/1 x DVI output, and a 250W TDP.
Soon, I'm going to have to stop reporting on these teases of next-gen video cards, because I'm just getting too excited. We're at the point now where we're talking and reporting about the cooling shroud being removed like it's another bread crumb in the Pascal trail.
Today, we have the cooling shroud removed from the Pascal-based GeForce GTX 1080/GTX 1070, with the new cooler made using die-sinking technology. Die-sinking technology is a method of shaping a form with sparks, or electric discharges. As I explained in my GTX 1080 post yesterday, these coolers provide me with the feeling of Transformers, and I don't know if I like that or not - yet.
The new pictures see the GTX 1080 cooler made from four parts, with one of the characters in the GTX 1080/1070 not placed yet, so that it can be placed as a '7' or '8' depending on the card.
After teasing a rough GPU roadmap at its Capsaicin event during the Game Developers Conference, AMD has just replaced it with an official roadmap that shows what to expect through to 2018.
This year, we know that it's all about Polaris, but in 2017 the real fun begins with the Vega architecture as AMD will be using HBM2 on their next-gen GPU architecture. In 2018, the company will succeed Vega with Navi, which teases a still unknown "NextGen Memory".
The new Polaris 10 and Polaris 11 GPUs will feature fourth-gen GCN cores, with HEVC encode/decode abilities, the it's-about-damn-time HDMI 2.0 capabilities as well as DP1.3, and is built on the exciting new 14nm FinFET process. Now, let's get into more detail.
AMD has an exciting piece of technology with its Polaris architecture, but its upcoming Radeon M400 mobility series will reportedly be filled with rebrands, except for the high-end designs, which will be based around Polaris.
VideoCardz is reporting that AMD will be launching the rebranded lineup, followed by Polaris-based mobility offerings later in the year. The new Radeon R9 M470X will be a rebranded Radeon R9 M385X, with both of these SKUs using the Bonaire XT GPU. It'll rock 896 stream processors, 56 TMUs and 16 ROPs.
Then we have the Topaz XT-based Radeon R7 M460, R7 M440, R5 M445 and R8 M445DX which will be rebranded Radeon R7 M270DX, R7 M260, R7 M265DX, and R7 M360, respectively. The Radeon R5 M430 will be based off of the R5 M330 and its Sun XT-powered GPU, while the Jet Pro will power the new Radeon R5 M430 which is jus the R7 M260DX.
With the launch of next-gen video cards only weeks away, photos of the purported NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 have appeared, teasing a very aggressive looking video card.
The cooler itself looks similar to the previous GeForce video cards, including the GTX 980 and GTX 980 Ti, with a silver metallic body and black accents, with a small acrylic window that is placed above the vapor chamber and heat sink fin array.
The new-look cooler design is much more aggressive, with sharp angles that give me the feeling of Transformers for some reason. We should expect NVIDIA to unveil the new Pascal-based GeForce cards next month, with a launch in early June at Computex.