In its most recent presentation slide meant for investors, AMD has stated that it will be launching Vega architecture-based graphics cards in Q1 2017 just like its original plan. This puts aside all previous rumours on the possibility of the company launching its upcoming next generation GPU architecture this year. AMD will be looking to release two new GPUs next year: Vega 10 and Vega 11.
Earlier this year, AMD had announced its Polaris GPU architectures, which were used in its newest lineup of RX graphics cards (RX 460, RX 470, and RX 480). Much to the surprise of some, Polaris-based graphics cards were made to cater for the mainstream market instead, which meant that there weren’t any high-end offering by AMD.
Sure, the mainstream market comprises of a large number of gamers, but Radeon fans whom crave for the company to release a GTX 1080 competitor may’ve been let down by this decision. Even more when looking at Nvidia’s recent mid-range offering, the GTX 1060, which arguably has a better price to performance ratio compared to the RX 480.
Regardless, 2017 will be one year to look forward to for AMD fans, simply because it’ll be the year where the company will unleash its significantly more powerful GPUs. Sources are expecting some Vega GPUs to be fitted with the GDDR5X memory standard, while other, higher-end graphics cards will feature the HBM2 memory standard.
We’ll just have to wait and see if that’ll be the case. For those who are interested, the full AMD Investor Presentation slides can be found here.