GPU Wars: What's in Store for NVIDIA and AMD for 2017?

By Jeff Harris, Posted: 12/29/16 08:21PM EST

It's a fact that- NVIDIA and AMD have the tightest grip on the GPU market share. But what are the things to look forward to from these two graphics card manufacturer giants come 2017?

Is NVIDIA Slowing Down?

NVIDIA is expected to slow down when it comes to producing high-end graphics cards next year. Currently, the only confirmed report about the leading GPU manufacturer is the release of "GeForce GTX 1080 Ti", which is supposedly the last GPU from the Pascal architecture, and nothing more. Of course, NVIDIA is busy with other issues. Among them is accelerating scientific discoveries using AI and expanding the horizons of Tesla® P100 GPU.

Still, NVIDIA already released the league-leading "Titan X" and the most advanced gaming graphics card "GeForce GTX 1080", and currently holds the edge over its closest competitors. But that is going to be a thing of the past once AMD releases its Vega architecture next year. And the problem is - NVIDIA's next GPU architecture is not ready until 2018.

AMD to Introduce New Processor, New GPU Architecture

Just recently, AMD took the world by storm when it introduced their next generation processor called Ryzen during its New Horizon event last Dec. 13th. And as the plans for Ryzen were revealed, AMD will soon equip desktops and notebooks with Ryzen processors starting Q1 of 2017.

Next stop is the most-awaited release of its next GPU architecture called Vega, with its flagship graphics card "Radeon Instinct MI25". This graphics card will not only level the playing field along with NVIDIA Titan X, but it is said to offer up to 50% better performance, and almost twice the power of Titan X - Maxwell.

But AMD is not only targeting the high-end graphics card market share, as numerous reports reveal that they will be upping the tempo even for medium-range and enthusiast markets. While Vega architecture is said to be based on HBM2 technology, AMD also plans to tap GDDR5 and possibly GDDR5X.

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