Tuesday, January 19, 2021
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I’m expecting AMD’s Vega GPUs to appear in March iMacs

As noted by the Mobile & Apps website, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) dropped a teaser through its official Twitter account for Radeon that says, “New Year. New architecture,” referencing to its next-gen Vega GPU architecture. I think these will be available in the March rev of the iMac and, perhaps, a new Mac Pro.

The Vega 10 GPU recently received RRA certification with a Polaris 12 graphics chip. AMD’s next-generation graphics processing units are expected to offer both performance and power efficiency. 

Vega graphics processing units (GPUs) will supposedly support up to 16GB of HBM2 (a high-performance RAM interface for 3D-stacked DRAM from AMD, produce a peak compute performance of 12.5 teraflops, and have a memory bandwidth of 512 GB/s. The Vega GPU with 8 GB of HBM2 is said to deliver performance comparable to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card. 

What’s more, Vega-based graphics cards will allow gaming at 4K resolution and at a frame rate of 60 frames per second (fps) at the highest settings. The first graphics card to be released will probably be the Radeon RX 490.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the news editor of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.