The chop for the third time, i.e. Polaris 30
At the beginning, probably the least discussed issue, ie the AMD Polaris 30. I will not say, it would be a really desirable series in the middle segment in the next few months, because the card market is simply getting outdated. So, according to the source, the Polaris 30 systems are to be the successors of the Polaris 20 from 2017 and will debut in the fourth quarter of this year. Due to the transition to the latest technological process, 12nm FinFETs are to be 15% faster than their predecessors. And that’s about it. It might seem that these are rubbish sucked out of the finger, but it is enough to recall the mentioned Polaris 20 to make them a bit more credible. These were not included in any of AMD’s road-maps, and with their premiere they surprised the industry. Will it be the same in this case? Hopefully, there is still a long way to go to the next year.
Navi 7nm graphics chips are certainly something that is waiting for many. I, in turn, hope that they will not go crazy … like the cards from the first series of Vega. However, I have concerns about this, because the latest information shows that AMD does this project not with PCs in mind, but with consoles in mind, which Sony constantly helps. According to the source, we will see the first dedicated card from the Navi series somewhere at the turn of 2019 and 2020. Initially, budget models equipped with GDDR6 are to come to us, but later more powerful models with HBM2 stacks will make their debut. Both versions, however, are to be based on a 7nm process, and their graphics system will still consist of a monolithic silicon core.
While the above two variants with the Polaris 30 and Navi 7nm make sense, the third report on the consumer Vega 20 in the first quarter of 2019 is hard to believe. However, I would like to remind you that these are only rumors and we should apply them not only with the appropriate distance, but also with a pinch of common sense.