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AMD making big power savings improvements on next-gen GPUs for 2016

AMD is aiming for 2x energy efficiency when it comes to next-gen GPUs, thanks to the die shrink, HBM2, and more

By Anthony Garreffa on Nov 12, 2015 08:28 pm CST - 1 min, 18 secs reading time

Next year is going to be a big one for AMD, as they'll need to secure a considerable chunk of lost discrete GPU market share from NVIDIA, but will the next-gen GPUs be enough to do that? We've seen a big shift in AMD's software strategy with the new Crimson driver set, as well as a major shift within the company with the decision to send off the graphics department on its own as Radeon Technologies Group.


But when it comes to next-gen GPUs, the new rumor has a codename of Vega10. We have no idea what Vega10 is, but it could be a new power efficient version of their next-gen Greenland-based GPU, similar to a next-gen R9 Nano. AMD's new GPUs will be offering twice the power efficiency over the current GPUs, mostly thanks to the shift to either 14nm or 16nm FinFET technology.

HBM2 will be another big part of that, as it will save even more power than HBM1, but the die shrink from 28nm to 14/16nm is going to be revolutionary - not just for AMD, but for NVIDIA, too.

Anthony Garreffa

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Anthony Garreffa

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games to be built around consoles. With FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with high-end, custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU technology is unwavering, and with next-gen NVIDIA GPUs about to launch alongside 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitors and BFGDs (65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync TVs) there has never been a time to be more excited about technology.


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