AMD Radeon RX Vega Preview: It Could Be This Powerful

By Grace Anilado , May 08, 2017 06:59 AM EDT

AMD is set to upset the semiconductor industry further with their upcoming Radeon RX Vega GPU. Because of the Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) update to Linux, new details have come to light regarding the graphics chip. It shows that the open-source operating system will feature comprehensive report for the chipset, probably in preparation for the looming rumored unveiling.

According to Wccftech, AMD Radeon RX Vega update has revealed the specifications of the chip. It has 4 Shader Engines made up by subdivided 4,096 next-gen Graphics Core Next (GCN) processors. This is more than half the count of Radeon RX 480 that only has 2,304 of the said processor. It's also got 8 hardware threads and 64 Render Output Units (ROPs).

On top of those, the upcoming graphics chip is said to have a performance rating of 12.5 TFLOPS (FP32) and 25 TFLOPS (FP16). In order to achieve even the FP32 figure, AMD Radeon RX Vega would then need to clock in at 1.5GHz. In addition, the memory support will be 8GB of HBM2.

These interesting specifications do line up with the early gaming demos that featured the graphics processor. For instance, it has outperformed Nvidia GTX 1080 to some extent. And when running Star Wars Battlefront, it showcased its capability to operate the game with 60+ FPS at 4K resolution.

Furthermore, AMD Radeon RX Vega will also feature new technologies. As per Trusted Reviews, the Sunnyvale-based company will throw in a task distribution refinement for better performance. It will also manage the workload in such a way that when a less-demanding task is being run, it will not use up too much power. And if a load-heavy task such as a high-spec game is running, then it can rise to meet the needs.

The spruced up Next-Generation Compute Unit (NCU) also paves the way for higher clock speeds. Though it's not yet confirmed, high-end versions of the graphics processor could record performance of about 1,500MHz to 1,600MHz. This would be a huge improvement over the previous generation and it and Nvidia's Pascal line would be almost level.

With specifications like these and the new technologies, AMD should be able to take up more of the market share with Radeon RX Vega. The company is already challenging Intel when it comes to CPUs and now it's also toeing the line with Nvidia with their upcoming GPU.

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