Over the past few weeks, we have been hearing more and more about AMD’s upcoming Radeon RX 500 series graphics cards. These new graphics cards should be a refresh of the Polaris lineup with higher clock frequencies and improved energy efficiency. In the meantime the leaks continue with images of the RX 570 and RX 580.
With HBM2 memory
Over the last weeks we have already seen some details and various leaks about AMD RX Vega and today there is a news about the upcoming versions, which are supposed to become available. According to latest rumors, AMD RX Vega will available with 4GB and 8GB HBM2 versions and this also explains why there have been several different device IDs visible in the latest Linux GPU drivers.
The new high-end parts from AMD
A Reddit user posted two diagrams showing details on the upcoming AMD X390 and X399 chipsets. Both of them should be compatible with the allegedly upcoming AMD Ryzen 9 series CPU, which might feature 12 or even 16 cores. Although we don't know if these diagrams are real or fake, they certainly look like something that could be possible for AMD to come up with.
Compatible with AMD X399 chipset
There's not a day that we’re not talking about AMD Ryzen. According to a rumor that originated in the SiSoft Sandra database, AMD is already working on a new high-end Ryzen CPU which will feature 12 cores and 24 threads. Furthermore this new CPU will be compatible with the upcoming AMD X399 chipset.
Support for Mass Effect: Andromeda
Improves memory compatibility
Chinese website jumps the gun
According to leak from the Chinese forum tieda.baidu, there are what appear to be the first benchmarks on the upcoming AMD Ryzen 5 CPUs which should become available next month. The forum post shows the performance of the hexa core CPU in CPU-Z and Cinebench R15 benchmarks. According to what we have heard so far, AMD will introduce four different CPUs, including two six-cores and two quad-cores. This way AMD is planning to attack Intel's Core i5 CPU series lineup.
Available in 4 to 6 months
According to leak from CanardPC, AMD might is already working on a new high-end Ryzen CPU socket which will be compatible with 16 core and 32 thread CPUs. Furthermore this new socket and chipset will support quad-channel DDR4 memory, ramping up to become a fierce competitor for Intel's X99 platform.
Specifications are online
Thanks to the latest leak from Benchlife, AMD's RX 500 series specifications are now online. According to Benchlife, AMD will be moving from GlobalFoundries 14nm LPE (Low Power Early) to 14nm LPP (Low Power Plus), although at this time we haven't any proof that AMMD didn't run 14nm LPP on the original Polaris chips.
Black and white color scheme
Available next month
Full support for Mass Effect: Andromeda
Following the launch of AMD’s ReLive 17.3.1 Beta drivers there is already a new Beta update available. This release is supposed to bring performance improvements to a few games as well as optimizations for Mass Effect: Andromeda. Compared to the previous driver, this new release should give a 12% performance boost on the RX 480 graphics card in Mass Effect: Andromeda.
April 18th to be precise
According to information from the chinese site mydrivers, AMD is planning to release it's RX 500 series in April. This is nothing new, but they’ve also mentioned that the launch will be split in two parts. In a first wave the higher-end cards are going to be introduced and at a second stage the mid-range cards will make it to market. Overall it’s a bit a pity that all cards, except the Radeon RX 550, are going to be rebrands from the Radeon RX 400 series.
Statement from AMD
For consistent fan policy
Ryzen 1400 and 1200
Due to a leak from a CanardPC the lineup of upcoming Ryzen CPUs has been spotted. The report shows all details regarding the upcoming CPUs featuring model names and specifications including core and thread count as well as base frequencies. On top of that it’s been mentioned that the AMD Ryzen 1400 and 1200 CPUs should arrive during the second quarter of this year.
Revealing GPU specifications
AMD’s RX Vega GPU has been spotted in the SiSoft Sandra database, showcasing performance that is similar to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, which would mean that the upcoming AMD flagship graphics card would be kind of capable to compete with NVIDIA. The results posted in the SiSoft Sandra database have been gathered using the GP Processing benchmark.
More game optimisations
Based on Zen architecture
A few months ago AMD first showed its Naples platform which is a new high-performance server CPU that is based on the same Zen architecture as its recently released Ryzen chips. The Naples CPU packs up to 32 cores and dual CPU support under the heat spreader. If installed in a two-socket server, it supports up to 4TB of DDR4 memory.
Rebrand of RX 400 series
According to information from Heise.de, AMD is planning to release it's RX 500 series in April. The launch will be split in two parts. In a first wave the the high-end cards will be launched an at a second stage the mid-range cards will make it to market. Overall it’s a bit a pity that it look like all cards, except the Radeon RX 550, are going to be rebrands from the Radeon RX 400 series.