A Vega GPU was gloriously showcased during Radeon’s Vega preview event at CES 2017 last night. The AMD technology group had earlier announced key details about the Vega architecture. That aside, various sources claim that the GPU shown by Radeon is actually a Vega 10 GPU which, by the looks of it, is rather huge.
According to VideoCardz, the Vega 10 GPU that was showcased is estimated to have a die size of around 520mm2 – 540mm2. If this was the case, then not only is the Vega 10 GPU almost as ‘big’ as Radeon’s previous Fiji GPU (596mm2), but it’s also significantly larger than the newer Polaris 10 GPU (232mm2).
The reason for Vega 10’s massive die size is simply due to the addition of two HBM2 stacks on the GPU interposer. That’s right folks, Radeon has equipped the Vega 10 GPU with not one, but two HBM2 memory stacks, which effectively gives the GPU 16GB of high bandwidth memory. This would translate to bandwidth speeds of up to 512GBps, which is impressively higher compared to Nvidia’s flagship Pascal-based Titan X.
During the Vega preview last night, Radeon has also stated that Vega GPUs will feature higher clock speeds and performance per clock when compared against Polaris GPUs. Regardless, now that the Vega 10 GPU has been revealed, it’s only going to be a matter of time before Radeon unveils its new lineup of Vega-based graphics cards.
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