AMD’s ultra-high-end Vega GPUs set for release in the first half of 2017

amd vega coming 2017 radeonroadmap
AMD’s big release in 2016 has been its line of RX series graphics cards, which despite falling far short of Nvidia’s flagship cards when it comes to performance, offer tremendous bang for your buck. But that doesn’t mean there’s not a plan for those with deeper pockets and desires for even greater visual fidelity. It’s been confirmed that Vega, its ultra-high-end graphics processor (GPU), will be released in the first half of 2017.

The new target for release is a delay from the speculative October 2016 date that has been floated around in recent months. While that rumor did originate from AMD staffers, it’s now been put to bed, with the company stating for the record that we can expect Vega sometime between January and June 2017.

It could be that Vega is designed as the second in a two-punch combination from AMD, with its reportedly powerful Zen CPU possibly showing up in late 2016 or early 2017, but there’s been no word on any kind of joint launch or promotion as of yet.

It wouldn’t be a bad plan, as releasing the two new technologies in the same general time frame could easily lead to a new range of AMD-only systems, as well as gamers and enthusiasts doing two big upgrades to their rigs in one go, rather than staggered, singular upgrades.

As the true successor to AMD’s Fiji lineup cards that comprised the Fury range, Vega should offer serious performance and much better efficiency regardless of when it arrives. Dropping down to the 14nm FinFET design from GlobalFoundries will make AMD’s hardware architecturally more advanced than Nvidia’s Pascal lineup, which utilized 16nm FinFET transistors.

It will also boast High Bandwidth Memory 2 (HBM2), which should offer huge bandwidth improvements over just about any graphics line available right now.

The question from Nvidia’s side of things will be whether it can bring out the 1080Ti in time to compete directly. While price-wise it’s likely to be similar to the Titan X — in that it’s out of range for most people’s budgets — AMD’s Vega cards won’t be cheap either.

Cars

What’s next for in-car entertainment? Audi believes it knows

Audi is bringing two technologies to CES 2019. The first turns a car -- a luxury sedan, in this case -- into a drive-in movie theater. The second is presented as a new entertainment format that turns the journey into the destination.
Mobile

Report: Samsung's upcoming foldable phone will cost a hefty $1,800

Samsung has been showcasing bendable display tech for a few years and now a folding smartphone might finally arrive. The Galaxy X, or perhaps the Galaxy F, may be the company's first example. Here's everything we know about it.
Computing

Does Qualcomm's latest laptop processor hold up against Intel's Core i5?

Qualcomm has been nipping at Intel's mobile CPU heels for years and now it might finally have overtaken it. To find out whether it's new SoC can hold its own in mid-range computing, we pitted the Snapdragon 8cx vs. Core i5.
Wearables

Our favorite fitness trackers make it fun to keep moving

Looking for your first fitness tracker, or an upgrade to the one you're already wearing? There are plenty of the wrist-worn gadgets available. Here are our picks for the best fitness trackers available right now.
Computing

PewDiePie supporters hack printers, hope to boost his subscription numbers

In an attempt to garner more subscribers for their favorite vlogger and secure his status as having the most YouTube subscribers, PewDiePie supporters claimed to have hacked thousands of printers worldwide.
Web

Chrome fights manipulative sites that don’t allow you to hit the back button

Have you encountered a webpage that won't let you hit the back button? Someun scrupulous websites employ what's known as history manipulation, preventing you from hitting the back button, but now Google Chrome will be fighting back.
Photography

Forget painting-style transfers, this A.I. creates realistic portraits of fake people

Do these images look computer-generated? Nvidia researchers recently published a paper on a new variation on style transfer artificial intelligence that's able to generate entirely new portraits.
Gaming

With our Steam guide, you can give the gift of gaming this holiday season

The holidays may have passed, but it's always a good time to give the gift of gaming (especially when there's a Steam sale)! Here's our quick guide on how to give a Steam game as a gift.
Computing

Leaked HP laptop listing reveals entry-level Nvidia MX250 GPU

Alongside powerful graphics cards, Nvidia may have more mobile GPUs to show off at next year's CES show in January. The MX250 has been spotted in a listing for an HP laptop, potentially replacing the entry-level MX150.
Computing

ZSpace’s laptop brings education to life with its own 3D technology

The ZSpace laptop wants to overhaul education and training by offering affordable access to 3D mixed reality through a bespoke screen and glasses technology that is already supported by a wide array of applications.
Computing

Former Microsoft intern claims Google may have sabotaged Edge browser

Google's Chrome web browser has been able to establish such dominance that Microsoft is abandoning its web rendering engine, switching Edge over to Chromium, but did Google play dirty in an attempt to force Microsoft to make the decision?
Computing

ViewSonic’s 1080p gaming monitor lets you experience the action in style

ViewSonic is catering to gamers with its latest monitor, the XG240R. Featuring a 1080p 144Hz panel, RGB lighting, and a fast 1ms response time, you can conquer your opponents and do it in style.
Computing

Here’s why you might still be using Wi-Fi after cellular 5G launches

Cellular 5G might be around the corner and promising to deliver lightning fast speeds, but the folks over at the Wi-Fi Alliance have a few reasons why they think you shouldn't dump Wi-Fi just yet.
Computing

Pinning websites to your taskbar is as easy as following these quick steps

Would you like to know how to pin a website to the taskbar in Windows 10 in order to use browser links like apps? Whichever browser you're using, it's easier than you might think. Here's how to get it done.