AMD positions Polaris 10 for desktop, Polaris 11 for notebooks

AMD's next-gen Polaris 10 will be for desktop and high-end notebooks, while Polaris 11 is for notebook market.

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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.

AMD positions Polaris 10 for desktop, Polaris 11 for notebooks |

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.

I think we'll see Polaris 10 powering the Radeon R9 490X/490 and R9 380X/380 while a watered down Polaris 10 GPU will power the rest of the 400 series. As for the notebook market, the Polaris 11 will take care of those, where I hope we'll see 1080p 60FPS become a norm with thin ultrabooks.


Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. 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 custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering and has recently taken a keen interest in artificial intelligence (AI) hardware.

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