2016 is definitely one year to remember for the graphics card market – 16/14nm manufacturing process, significant improvement of performance-per-watt, to-be-launched first HBM2 based GPU and the explosive growth of virtual reality market. Rumors had it that AMD’s Vega 10 was possibly coming in late 2016, but Fudzilla has just denied that possibility.
As its upcoming top model, Vega is expected to compete against NVIDIA GP102. Undoubtedly it will be the first HBM 2.0 capable GPU, and it won’t arrive until the first quarter of 2017. The article also mentions that NVIDIA’s GP102 might use GDDR5X instead of HBM 2.0 as we thought.
Considering there’s no matching GPU from AMD against NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, the red company might be having a productivity problem, or something even bigger up their sleeves. Vega could be one, with GCN 4.0 architecture and high-performance HBM 2.0 memory. We’ll have to wait three more quarters, though.