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AMD's GPU roadmap teases Vega for 2017 and Navi for 2018

AMD will unveil its next-gen Vega GPU in 2017, Navi in 2018

By Anthony Garreffa on Mar 15, 2016 12:05 pm CDT - 1 min, 6 secs reading time

GDC 2016 - AMD is beginning to show its hand when it comes to its GPU roadmap, with the company unveiling its GPU architecture roadmap at its Capsaicin event at GDC 2016.

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We now know that AMD will be pushing out its next-gen Polaris architecture later this year, but now we know that Vega and Navi will be coming out in 2017 and 2018, respectively. The only details we know on Vega is that it will feature HBM2, while Navi notes "scalability" and "nexgen memory" - I hope AMD meant "next-gen memory", there.

In an interview with Ryan Shrout from PC Perspective, RTG boss Raja Koduri hinted that Polaris might be using HBM1 instead of HBM2, and this new GPU roadmap makes that seem like an actual possibility. Considering AMD make a specific mention that Vega uses HBM2, it makes sense that Polaris could be more of a mid-range part, versus an enthusiast part. But I personally sat down with AMD's Roy Taylor, and asked him just that - will we see an enthusiast Polaris part, to which he said we should wait until later in the year.

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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