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AMD publishes Polaris Architecture microsite

by Mark Tyson on 2 May 2016, 09:31


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AMD has published a microsite which outlines the Polaris Architecture. Its headlining description of Polaris is "The Best of PC Gaming in a Single Chip". The new microsite reminds us of all the facts we already know from previous official AMD communications linked to official videos and other sites about associated technologies. However, it has been noticed that several of the pictures on the site have never been published before and appear to contain photographs of the new AMD Polaris GPUs.

Bullet pointing the key features of Polaris as communicated by the new site gives us the following:

  • It’s a 14nm FinFET chip
  • Contains AMD's advanced power, gating and clocking technologies for a superior cool and quiet gaming experience
  • 4th-gen GCN with powerful async compute, DX12 and Vulkan support
  • FreeSync compatible and works with HDMI 2.0b and DisplayPort 1.3 monitors
  • Great for streaming and recording 4K, H.265, 60 FPS with little impact on CPU usage
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR) support for an expanded range of colours and contrast
  • Will provide VR to "the masses"
  • Supports GPU Open effects such as TressFX Hair, GeometrFX, ShadowFX, AOFX, SSAA, Forward+ and more
  • It is ready for AMD XConnect Thunderbolt 3 eGFX enclosure technology.

Now, let's get onto the new stuff. The VideoCardz guys have had a long hard stare at the images on AMD's new microsite and gone so far as extracting and removing perspective from the promo shots, to get a clear look at these intended background graphics. You will notice that the header image from the microsite (top) contains a faded chip image as its background. The image is thought to be of the AMD Polaris 11 'Baffin' GPU.

Lower down on the microsite, under the heading 4th-Gen GCN there's another image showing a slice of a closeup of another chip (pic immediately above). Though looking similar to the 'Tonga XT' or 'Tahiti' GPUs this again looks to be a new model, thought in this case to be the Polaris 10 'Ellesmere' chip. So it looks like AMD has perhaps inadvertently leaked some imagery for its upcoming pair of Polaris GPUs.

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Can't wait to see what we will get. Hope for low power/high perfomance chips. especially for notebooks.
I put all my purchases on hold till the new AMD/NVidia chips come.

What about you guys?
Looks promising, I'm personally expecting about 20% improvement in graphics on the lower level for cheaper prices. For example a 270x replacement to be 20% faster and come for $140
I'm expecting a nice boost in performance per watt. But with vega supposedly bringing another significant boost in such a short time frame i'm holding out for that.
Can't wait to see the new AMD products! POLARIS/ZEN/VEGA along with the nest gen of consoles all with AMD inside.
I'm expecting a nice boost in performance per watt. But with vega supposedly bringing another significant boost in such a short time frame i'm holding out for that.

Fairly different markets I think. Vega is high end, Polaris is mid-range volume parts. You'll already know which market you're in ;)