AMD unveils Radeon Pro Duo, Polaris 10/11, 2017/2018 GPU roadmap; shares fall

|By:, SA News Editor

AMD (AMD -8.6%) has followed up on yesterday morning's VR announcements by revealing (at a Game Developers Conference event) the Radeon Pro Duo, a high-end dual-GPU solution declared by the company to be "the world's most powerful platform for virtual reality."

The Duo, previously expected to be called the Fury X2 - the first Fury GPUs launched last June - is expected to sport a $1,499 MSRP, and is aimed at both hardcore gamers and professionals (including VR content creators). Each of its GPUs sport 4096 stream processors and are paired with 4GB of High Bandwidth Memory delivering 512GB/s of memory bandwidth. Total performance is pegged at 16 TFLOPs.

AMD also provided details about its Polaris 10 and 11 GPUs, which are due in mid-2016 and will rely on Samsung/Globalfoundries' 14nm FinFET manufacturing process - Polaris was first revealed at CES. The company reiterates its claim Polaris will deliver massive improvements in performance/watt.

WCCFTech estimates a Polaris video card shown off in a demo consumes only 50W of power, making it twice as power-efficient as a card using Nvidia's (NVDA -1.3%) GTX 950 GPU (based on the 28nm Maxwell architecture). Nvidia plans to counter Polaris with GPUs based on its 16nm Pascal architecture; the company promises a 2x performance/watt increase over Maxwell, and support for up to 12TFLOPs of performance, 32GB of HBM and 1 TB/s of memory bandwdith.

In 2017, AMD plans to launch GPUs based on Vega, an architecture supporting HBM2 memory (supports higher densities and more memory bandwidth). Vega will be followed in 2018 by Navi, an architecture said to support an unnamed next-gen memory type.

AMD has fully given back yesterday's gains. The Nasdaq is down 0.5%.

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