‘AMD Radeon RX 490’ Announcement, Release Date Set In December; Architecture Vega 10 Or Dual Polaris 10?

By Jeff Harris, Posted: 11/25/16 12:47PM EST
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AMD Revolutionizes GPU Graphics Card Using High-End RAM HBM2 Starting With Vega Architecture(Photo : RedGamingTech/YouTube)

It seems that initial reports about AMD planning to release its most-awaited graphics card by December is true after all. But while AMD remains tight-lipped on the subject, there are numerous indications suggesting that "Radeon RX 490" will be announced and released on the same day this coming December.

"Radeon RX 490" to be Announced and Released on the Same Day

As reported by Usman Pirzada of WCCFTech.com, AMD has already made all the preparations necessary. In fact, Pirzada said, AMD has already listed "Radeon RX 490" on its official website, along with AID websites. However, a specific date has yet to be officially announced by AMD.

As earlier rumors reveal, "Radeon RX 490" will have 4K resolution and be AMD's 'go-to graphics card' for Virtual Reality which will also carry a bus width greater than 256-bits. What's more important for consumers, gamers and professionals is that "Radeon RX 490" is reportedly priced closer to NVIDIA's "GeForce GTX 1080".

Dual Polaris 10 or Vega 10

However, there's one interesting twist about the upcoming "Radeon RX 490" graphics card. As all information about "Radeon RX 490" points to being the first Vega-based architecture graphics card as suggested by VideoCardz.com, Pirzada claimed the forthcoming graphics card will either be based on a dual-GPU Polaris 10 or Vega 10 architecture.

With the latest development "Radeon RX 490", tech analysts are divided whether this graphics card will be the starting point for Vega architecture or the 'crowning jewel' of RX 400 series under Polaris architecture. In fact, this latest development was in direct contradiction of what AMD revealed about "Radeon RX 480", supposedly the last graphics card based on Polaris.

Back in July, WCCFTech.com revealed that "RX 480 is based on the most powerful configuration of the Polaris 10 GPU", a revelation that made "Radeon RX 490" a mystery graphics card. But since it could be Dual Polaris 10, then it could be an exemption to the rule.

Yet how about HBM2, which is a Vega architecture feature? It looks like this latest news has brought more confusion than an answer.



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