The wait for more details about Vega, AMD’s forthcoming enthusiast-class Radeon graphics card architecture, will soon be over.
This morning, AMD’s social media channels teased a new Ve.ga website featuring a countdown to a “Vega architecture preview.” The clock runs out at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time on January 5, the opening day of CES 2017.
The graphics cards based on AMD’s cutting-edge 14nm “Polaris” GPU architecture—the Radeon RX 480, RX 470, and RX 460—all focus on mainstream performance, with the priciest 8GB RX 480 models starting at $240. AMD’s only enthusiast-class offerings, the high-bandwidth memory-equipped Fury lineup, simply don’t hang with Nvidia’s powerful GeForce GTX 1080, and can’t even match the value proposition of the GTX 1070 without steep discounts. That leaves Radeon enthusiasts waiting for Vega.
The announcement from AMD Radeon comes just a few days after NVIDIA announced that they will be show casing new technologies at their CES 2017 keynote. It’s highly likely that NVIDIA will announce the enthusiast grade GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card at the event which will deliver higher performance increases over the GeForce GTX 1080 which is already one of the best high-end offerings in the market.