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AMD to Have Complete Vega Line-up From High to Low End GPUs

Category: Video Cards
Posted: 02:14PM

Next year we are expecting to see a number of new products coming from AMD, starting with the Ryzen CPUs based on the Zen architecture in Q1. The hope for these processors is to bring AMD back into competition with Intel in the high-end consumer market, an area Intel has been dominating for years. Sometime in the H1, AMD is also set to launch new GPUs using its Vega architecture. While the Polaris architecture found in the RX 480, 470, and 460 graphics cards have proven successful in the mid-range GPU market, it is these Vega GPUs that are expected to challenge NVIDIA at the high end, where the GTX 1080, 1070, and Pascal-based Titan X currently lead. The latest rumor concerning Vega comes from Fudzilla and says that Vega will be available in a complete line-up of graphics cards, extending from the high-end to the low-end market.

This is actually not too surprising a rumor, but it does specifically state the Vega line will be arriving soon, so it suggests we will not see the release strategy AMD is planning to use for the Zen CPUs, with high-end chips first and the less expensive, less powerful chips following. Along with this rumor is that Vega will not just be partnered with HBM 2 memory, which would almost be necessary for low-end cards. While HBM 2 offers significantly improved performance and efficiency it is more expensive to use than GDDR5, the current standard for VRAM. It is not part of the rumor, and I have not seen any rumor suggesting it, but perhaps we could even see some Vega GPUs using GDDR5X, which occupies a place between GDDR5 and HBM 2 for price and performance, and NVIDIA is already using it in some of its GPUs.

Source: Fudzilla

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