AMD RX 490 Teased for 4K Gaming, The Missing Polaris Emblem | GeeksULTD
After the launch of the amazing bang for the buck RX 480, AMD has started to tease the upcoming “high-end” AMD RX 490 for 4K gaming. However, the launch of RX 480 targets the budget area of the market. Nvidia’s top dogs, the GTX 1070 and 1080, are still going strong with no competition from AMD’s side.
Without doubt, AMD is definitely working on a high-end GPU, which will be called the RX 490. This new picture from AMD teases the RX 490. The image [source], shows the naming information of the desktop AMD GPUs.
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The new GPUs from AMD will be coming in two variants; the RX and non-RX. The GPUs which will have more than 1.5 TFLOPs of power and more than 100 GB/s bandwidth will be called RX. The RX variant GPUs will be strong enough to give 60FPS at 1080p in mainstream eSports games like CS:GO, DOTA 2 and League of Legends.
In the name of the GPUs, the first digit represents the series of the GPU, in this case, 4. This represents that the GPU is of the AMD Polaris lineup. The second digit shows the tier level of the GPU. For example, the RX 480, has an “8” in the second digit, which represents that the card is strong enough to give solid performance at 1440p resolution. Taking a look at the RX 490, the digit “9” represents that it is a high-end GPU which will have a wide memory interface and it will be capable of running games at 4K Ultra HD resolution. The last digit in the name represents the revision number of the card. For example, in the name of the old AMD R9 285, the last digit “5” indicates that it is the second revision of the R9 280.
This shows us that the RX 490 is gonna be a strong competitor of the Nvidia GTX 1070 and the 1080. AMD’s Raja Koduri recently celebrated a big milestone in the development of the AMD Vega GPUs in Taiwan. Whether the RX 490 will be a part of the Polaris lineup or Vega lineup is still unknown. But still, we expect that the RX 490 will be a strong contender. If the RX 490 is gonna be a part of the Polaris lineup, then the Vega lineup is going to feature high-end GPUs equipped with HBM 2 memory to compete with the GTX 1080Ti and the Pascal TITAN. Brace yourself, Nvidia.