Rumour has it that AMD will be looking to launch its Vega-based GPUs in October this year; despite the original plan to release them in 2017. It seems that Nvidia’s recent launch of the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 graphics cards have caught AMD off guard and has since prompted the company to release its more powerful GPU architecture sooner rather than later.
Whilst it’s too early to tell, some sources are already saying that AMD’s Polaris GPUs simply aren’t powerful enough to match Nvidia’s Pascal GPUs – which probably isn’t something that AMD fans want to hear. According to folks over at 3DCenter, AMD will be targeting the high-end and enthusiast-class markets when it comes to its Vega GPUs.
A few months ago, rumours surfaced mentioning that a particular variant of the Vega GPU will come with 4,096 shader units, which is almost twice that of Nvidia’s GTX 1080 (2,560 CUDA Cores). In addition, it is also said that some Vega-based graphics cards will be equipped with 8GB of HBM2 memory. If this is to be believed, then AMD might just have the answer to Nvidia’s already jaw-dropping 1000 series graphics cards.
Unfortunately, things aren’t looking too good for AMD and its fans when it comes to Polaris GPUs. Despite rumoured to not be as powerful as Pascal, hopefully AMD’s Polaris GPUs won’t be too far behind in terms of performance.