According to news (of Wccftech, not much reliable), the next generation of AMD graphics, known as Arctic Islands arrives in summer 2016. In addition to what is already known, new GPUs will be based on the next-Gen HBM2 memory with a bandwidth of 1 Tbps, the company announced that its next-Gen graphics card promises to be twice faster than a Radeon X Fury maintaining its moderate energy consumption.
AMD Arctic Islands 400 Series Set To Launch In Summer of 2016
The next-gen flagship GPU core from AMD Radeon 400 series is known as Greenland have no less than 18,000 million transistors, a fairly important if we consider that Fiji has up to 8,900 million transistors, this would result in to integrate up to 8192 Stream Processors that together with the new manufacturing process of 16nm FinFET, it is expected that at least its actual performance is between 50-80 percent higher than a Radeon Fury X, so it is expected that AMD offers a GPU which will easily run games on 4K @ 60 FPS and also constant 90 FPS with virtual reality glasses such as Oculus Rift or HTC vive.
The rest of the family of GPUs (more focused mortals) will also offer a massive reduction in energy consumption because it would be designed to a manufacturing process 16nm FF + with software optimization to increase exponentially the performance of the GPU per watt consumed. AMD is excited about the transitioning to DirectX 12 and Vulkan, claiming it is a very good change for their Radeon and FirePro’s cards in the long term, as the GCN architecture was designed around that API.
Despite the existence of three iterations of the GCN different architecture: GCN 1.0 (HD 7000 series), GCN 1.1 (R9 290 series), 1.2 BCM (R9 285 and 380) and Fiji (Fury X R9, R9 and R9 Nano Fury), which is based on an updated design GCN 1.2; according to Mark Papermaster, senior vice president and chief technology officer at AMD :
FinFET technology is expected to play a critical foundational role across multiple AMD product lines, starting in 2016, GLOBALFOUNDRIES has worked tirelessly to reach this key milestone on its 14LPP process. We look forward to GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ continued progress towards full production readiness and expect to leverage the advanced 14LPP process technology across a broad set of our CPU, APU, and GPU products. – Press Release
Arctic Islands will have three important improvements compared to the current 300 series and Radeon Radeon Fury. This includes the second Generation HBM memory, the next generation of the GCN architecture “Arctic Islands” as well as a manufacturing process to more advanced 16nm FinFET. This means that for the first time since 2012 really have a new generation GPUs with performance and efficiency rather than what we have now.