With GTC taking place this week, many people expected Nvidia to come storming out of the gates and reveal Pascal for consumer gaming GPUs. They did reveal Pascal’s architecture and several cards for Deep AI learning, but the anticipated next generation of their gaming cards were absent. Surprising given that AMD have been speaking about their Polaris architecture for a while now, which may have its own range of gaming cards as early as June.
AMD has stated in the past that they plan to launch Polaris sometime in the middle of 2016, but a new rumour suggests the Team in Red will be aiming for a late June launch. This just a few weeks after the cards, the R9 490X and R9 490, are formally revealed at Computex at the beginning of June. An event where Nvidia is expected to reveal Pascal too (and supposedly launch consumer grade cards too).
Polaris will be AMD’s crack at 14nm FinFET processing, which should provide a decent performance jump from the previous R9 390 series. The rumour suggests that the omission of the Fury labelling that AMD has used in the past to denote their enthusiast GPU series means that these two cards might not be the flagship pieces of tech that AMD has in store. It is suggested that both R9 490X and R9 490 will reach the same highs as the Fury range, with better, faster cards coming later in the year.
That’s probably similar to the Nvidia approach, who usually tend to release a Ti version of the most powerful cards a few months after the main release. That means June is still exciting, but it might be a little bit of a wait if you’re trying to wait for the best of the best in 2016. Either way, June is going to belong to Polaris and Pascal it seems.
Last Updated: April 8, 2016