Specs Of AMD Radeon RX Vega Leaked In Direct Rendering Manager Update For Linux

May 05, 2017 11:00 AM EDT | Andrew Davis

Since AMD was able to make their chips competitive with the rise of the Ryzen architecture, many are expecting that the Sunnyvale chipmaker will do the same for its Vega chips. Thus, recent leaks gave a sneak peak at the upcoming specs of the chipmakers GPU.

The details of the AMD RX Vega GPUs were accidentally spilled via a new Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) update for Linux. A Reddit member painstakingly extracted interesting detail from the DRM, which was submitted by AMD.

Let's get down to business. Here's a breakdown of the "supposed" AMD Radeon RX Vega. It will have a 14nm process node, 4 shader engines, 4,096 stream processors, 12.5 TFLOPS/25 (FP16) TFLOPS, 64 render output units, 256 texture mapping units, 8 hardware threads, 2,048-bit memory interface, and 8GB high-bandwidth memory 2 (HBM2).

Meanwhile, the AMD Radeon Rx 480 GPU will have a 14nm process node, 4 shader engines, 2,304 stream processors, 5.8 TFLOPS / 5.8 (FP16) TFLOPS, 32 render output units, 144 texture mapping units, 4 hardware threads, 256-bit memory interface, and 8GB GDDR5 memory. Clearly, the AMD Radeon RX Vega has double the specs compared with the RX 480, not to mention the presence of a second-gen HBM2.

Also, KitGuru pointed out that the guys over at ComputerBase.de noticed something that most actually missed, well simply because the focus was the RX Vega. According to the report, there is a string of code in the driver relating to the Raven Ridge. This is AMD's forthcoming APU that is based on the Zen. Thus, it would seem that the Raven Ridge may have a Vega-based iGPU, of course on top of the Zen-based CPU cores.

In any case, the DRM update for Linux seemingly points that the higher-end AMD Radeon RX Vega could "possibly" compete with Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1080 or the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, which delivers 11.4 TFLOPs of computing. But let's also remember that AMD could release lower-end SKUs with half as much memory.

Since these are leaks, obviously, we can't confirm any of it. But what we can do is wait until AMD's big reveal. The AMD Radeon RX Vega chips are expected to be unleashed sometime this quarter.

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