AMD has repeatedly emphasised that its next generation GPUs are going to provide unparalleled efficiency and performance, and now we get a rough idea of just how much they mean.
According to Benchlife, the upcoming R9 480 series graphics card will be using the “Ellesmere” GPU based on the Polaris 10 architecture. The article states that not only will it be fully capable of running DX12 titles at 1440p, it will have a TDP of around 100W. That’s a huge drop from the R9 380, which uses the Tonga GPU with a TDP of 190W.
Alongside Ellesmere, Benchlife has also mentioned the “Baffin” GPU based on the Polaris 11 architecture. Baffin will be used for the R9 470 series and will undercut Ellesmere’s TDP by half, coming in at just 50W. The article did not say what kind of performance it touts, but we expect that these cards will be primarily targeting the 1080p crowd.
This confirms that AMD is going to completely phase out 28nm GPUs in its performance line. Raja Koduri, Chief Architect Radeon Technologies Group has previously stated that AMD is focusing on using the new 14nm finFETs in as many product segments as possible and bringing more value to the consumers.