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Vega10 mass production can start this quarter: SK hynix HBM2 ships

by Mark Tyson on 31 January 2017, 10:01

Tags: AMD (NYSE:AMD), SK hynix, Bethesda Softworks

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SK hynix has released a document (PDF) confirming the readiness of its first HBM2 chips for graphics cards. Starting this quarter (Q1 2017) SK hynix will be shipping out the 4GB graphics memory chips as indicated below.

With the above graphics memory chips available AMD should be able to steam ahead and mass produce market ready graphics cards equipped with its Vega10 GPUs. The SK hynix doc says that the HBM2 that ships will offer 1.60Gbps per pin, so that's a bandwidth of 204.8GB/s per stack.

If you have a glance above at the Vega graphics chip, as grasped by Radeon boss Raja Koduri, you will see the lower two segments of the Vega10 multi-chip module (MCM). These are the HBM2 stacks and with two of them equipped the shipping Vega-powered graphics cards will boast 8GB of graphics memory.

Radeon RX 490?

In related news Bethesda will release a High Resolution Texture Pack for PCs next week. When the blog post was first published yesterday it stated a recommended PC specification of the following:

  • Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)
  • Intel Core i7-5820K or better
  • GTX 1080 8GB/AMD Radeon RX 490 8GB
  • 8GB+ Ram

The Bethesda blog has since been edited with the reference to the AMD RX 490 removed.



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Suspect that Bethesda spec was a typo (or maybe there's a dual 480 in the offing!), I thought Vega was going to be 5 series?

Nearly 60GB HD space for textures? That'll entail a few more SSD upgrades for FO4 fans…
Pleiades
Suspect that Bethesda spec was a typo

Except that with Bethesda games being gameworks titles it'd be very unusual for them to say a 480 would be fine if they also required a 1080 from the green team.

edit: ah, they've removed it from the spec now.
I'm sure those Chips would go down nicely with some Ketchup. -I'll get my coat!
These chips have alot of bandwidth to play with. Will Nvidia go Hbm2 or GDDDR5X/6 ?
Pleiades
Suspect that Bethesda spec was a typo (or maybe there's a dual 480 in the offing!), I thought Vega was going to be 5 series?

Nearly 60GB HD space for textures? That'll entail a few more SSD upgrades for FO4 fans…

I suspect the rumours about vega getting the 5XX title were wrong - if it was a dual 480 it ought to be the 485X2, and should have more than 8GB RAM
Jace007
Will Nvidia go Hbm2 or GDDDR5X/6 ?

The last speculation I saw was that 2017 Nvidia tech would be based on higher clocked variants of the 10 series using faster 5X memory. The 5X memory also might move further down the range.

Then Volta would be 2018 and bring GDDR6 & HBM2.