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AMD’s webinar is all about Polaris architecture

AMD is all set to show its Polaris architecture graphic cards soon as news updates indicate that the red team will have a live stream talking about its architecture next week. So far, the panel that will be talking about Polaris includes AMD Senior tech manager for Radeon Davis Nalasco and channel enablement manager Carolina Castaño.

For AMD Radeon, this is a big deal because Polaris architecture is more about performance-per-watt. It’s not clear at this point whether any of its SKUs would be placed a mid-end card or a high-end variant which may put itself against GTX 1070 (at the time of launch) and GTX 1080, seeing that fellow tech writers write with an overwhelmed impression due to the-the type of show Nvidia pulled out for its upcoming flagship Pascal card- after taking a bunch for a horsie ride, a shotgun practice (hey, its Texas after all) and steak for breakfast.

But to view the webinar, you’ll first need to register and then wait for approval. Note that AMD India never sent us any Radeon card despite having a some level of email exchange and a certain ‘incident’ where one of the agents badmouthed Hardware BBQ to another journalist. Not cool at all…

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The webinar will be available for Europe, Africa and Americas on May 18th and it is scheduled to be a 30-minute session. Meanwhile, an actual press conference where the cards will be officially unveiled could be held by the end of this month.

So what about the specifications?

Some of the Polaris 10 ‘Ellesmere‘ and Polaris 11 ‘Baffin‘ specification details are already out, which will be the models R9 470 and R9 480 to be released initially. The conveniently leaked Sisoft information pointed out that Radeon Polaris 10 has 32 compute units and 2304 stream processors, but rumours indicate that could be 2048 stream units instead. Polaris 10 may be clocked at 1350 MHz and will use either an 8GB GDDR5 or GDDR5X memory possibly due to Micron stepping up its GDDR5X production. As indicated before, the interface bandwidth is 265-bit and 150w TDP.

Polaris 11 may have 14 compute units which mean 896 stream processors with a possible clock speed of 1395 MHz. It would have a 4GB GDDR5 with a 128-bit interface. The information also matches with the findings from another news site.

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