AMD Latest News: Early Evidences Suggested 16GB GDDR5 Dual-Polaris GPU ‘Radeon RX 490’

By Jeff Harris, Posted: 11/30/16 10:23PM EST
AMD Radeon RX 480
'Radeon RX 480' is the most powerful configuration on Polaris 10, until AMD decided on Dual-Polaris 10-based 'Radeon RX 490'(Photo : MegaTechGuy/YouTube)

There are lots of conflicting reports suggesting that AMD's upcoming GPU coming this December will either be the first graphics card using Vega architecture or perhaps the last straw of Polaris 10 which is a dual card. But while AMD has been tightlipped on the matter, there were clues as early as July this year suggesting that "Radeon RX 490" is in fact, a Dual Polaris 10 graphics card.

Is it just a Typo Error?

Late in June, DVHardware.net reported an anomaly on AMD's game promo page. Mistaken to be a typographical error, the promo (see screenshot) includes "AMD Radeon RX 490" on the list of 'AMD Discrete Radeon eligible computer graphics system' for which buyers will get a redeem key codes for a free game is they purchased is between February 15 - Dec. 31, 2016. The page has since removed "AMD Radeon RX 490" from the list.

What's wrong with it? First, WCCFTech.com reported that "Radeon RX 480" is 'the most powerful configuration of the Polaris 10 GPU'. Second, VideoCardz.com reported that "Radeon RX 490" is based on Vega 10 architecture powered by HBM2. Finally, during AMD's Investor Presentation back in August, it was revealed that Vega-based architecture graphics card will be released by 1H of 2017.

Early Evidence Suggesting Dual Polaris 10

Barely two weeks after the AMD promo was seen, TweakTown.com suggested that a higher-end Polaris 10-based graphics card will be out before 2016 ends. This idea is based on Sapphire's website (see screenshot) showing "Radeon RX 490" will be a dual Polaris 10 graphics card based on the specifications.

As suggested, "Radeon RX 490" will have a 256-bit memory bus, aimed at 4K and VR gaming. But what's the difference? While Sapphire cites the graphics card to have 8GB GDDR5, since it is a dual graphics card then it will reach up to 16GB GDDR5. This was also the same information recently leaked by WCCFTech.com, well at least matches two of the three specs.

In fact, the claim that "Radeon RX 490" is not a Vega 10-based architecture was indirectly supported by the recent exclusive detail released by VideoCardz.com. By not mentioning "Radeon RX 490", this clearly qualifies as not promoting it as the first Vega-based architecture graphics card.



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