For years, AMD has stayed well under the radar when it comes to its own brand of processors. For so long, it has been Intel who has been at the forefront of microprocessor design. Now it seems that AMD is making a comeback with its new line of AMD Zen Summit Ridge processors. The company has already revealed plans of unveiling the new line of computer chips on Dec 13. However, many also believe that it will unveil its latest product for the GPU market, the AMD Radeon RX 490.
The AMD Radeon RX 490 has long been rumored to come in the next few months. Furthermore, recent leaks about the supposed GPU performance of the RX490 made fans want it even more.
This much hyped graphics processor is said to go face-to-face with NVIDIA’s own line of high-end GPUs. The most talked about feature of the graphics processor is its supposed native support for 4K gaming. In addition to 4K gaming, the GPU will also have out-of-the-box support for VR gaming.
So far, not much is known about the next GPU from AMD. Many speculate that the Radeon RX490 will be based on the new Vega 10 GPU architecture. Meanwhile, others still believe that it will still feature the older Polaris 10 GPU design.
Nevertheless, there is one thing that most people agree on when it comes to the new GPU, and that is the new HBM2 memory support.
HBM2 or second generation high bandwidth memory is a type of memory technology commonly used on mainframes and network devices. It offers far wider data width than normal DDR4 of GDDR memory. On top of increased data bus width, an HBM2-type memory can also have as much as 8GB per die or package.
The increased bandwidth and capacity will definitely bring forth massive performance improvements on the AMD Radeon RX 490. In fact, it is now being labeled as the next counterpart for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080.
The December 13 AMD event is said to center mostly on the AMD Zen Summit Ridge processor. However, there still might be a chance that AMD will also mention the new GPU even in passing. Nevertheless, fans can only hope that they also get a glimpse of the much anticipated GPU from AMD.
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