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AMD's next GPU architecture is allegedly called 'Polaris'

By Scorpus
Dec 31, 2015
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  1. AMD is planning to launch a brand new GPU architecture next year, or so we are led to believe if the latest information from VideoCardz and HardwareBattle is to be believed. This new architecture that is set to replace Graphics Core Next will allegedly be known as 'Polaris'.

    The information comes from a picture obtained by HardwareBattle, which includes text that introduces the "Polaris Architecture". AMD appears to have chosen the name as it refers to the brightest star in the constellation Ursa Minor, with the picture stating that "stars are the most efficient photon generators of our universe".

    The picture goes on to say that the efficiency of stars "is the inspiration for every pixel we generate", a reference to Polaris' rumored focus on energy efficiency. Not much else is known about this new architecure, although it's expected to be seen in the upcoming Radeon 400 series, codenamed 'Arctic Islands'.

    This isn't the first time we've heard the name Polaris referenced by AMD employees. Cryptic tweets from Chris Hook, AMD's Marketing Director, and Raja Koduri, head of the Radeon Technologies Group, referred to Polaris back in November, 2015.

    Koduri's tweet in particular refers to Polaris being "2.5 times brighter today than when Ptolemy observed it in 169 A.D". Is this a hint at what is in store for Polaris' performance? We'll just have to wait until 2016 when the architecture will be formally revealed.

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  2. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,631   +432

    Rumour has it Polaris will cover the entire series, unlike how current gen AMD cards are a mix of different versions of GCN. I hope this turns out to be true.
     
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,154   +1,429

    Polaris Bears? as in The Coming Of..? That's what in Russia they call the last stage of drunk.

    Happy New Year everyone! :)
     
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  4. thorpj

    thorpj TS Enthusiast Posts: 90   +14

    "Koduri's tweet in particular refers to Polaris being "2.5 times brighter today than when Ptolemy observed it in 169 A.D". Is this a hint at what is in store for Polaris' "

    is this an admittance that AMDs previous gen GPUs are part of ancient history?

    I should think so. The 7970 has been around that long.

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  5. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,216   +1,240

    Wrong your PC contains a 7970 :)
     
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  6. thorpj

    thorpj TS Enthusiast Posts: 90   +14

    So true
     
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,695   +1,884

    It's nice to see something going on over at AMD. Even if it's only generating overblown product names, with the hype to match.. It gives AMD fanbois something to rally around. "nVidia better give up now, Polaris will be their death knell".

    Well, a brighter star makes more heat, and uses more power, so likely, yeah. Plus they burn out faster. :oops:
     
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  8. Fbarnett

    Fbarnett TS Booster Posts: 206   +30

    What is going on at AMD? More talk? I hope they make thru 2016? I never believe sht they say at AMD anymore.
     
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,695   +1,884

    Dude, just wait for "Polaris".

    Keep the faith...(y) Malcontents and doubting Thomas' are more likely to be the death of AMD, than lack of product and performance. All of AMD's problems are the result of an Intel conspiracy. It's high time to start a website to disperse the "truth"...*nerd*
     
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2016

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