AMD reveal the GPU architecture roadmap running between 2016 and 2018. We all know upcoming “Polaris” architecture brings a major architectural leap over the current generation, with a 2.5-times performance/Watt. Also, a Polaris chip is rumored to drive graphics for Sony’s upcoming 4K Ultra HD PlayStation, and as discrete GPUs, it will feature in only two chips – Polaris 10 “Ellesmere” and Polaris 11 “Baffin.”
“Polaris” introduces several new features, such as HVEC (h.265) decode and encode hardware-acceleration, new display output standards such as DisplayPort 1.3 and HDMI 2.0; But neither Polaris 10 nor Polaris 11 is really an enthusiast chips. According to the map, enthusiasts will have to wait until early-2017 for the succeeds “Fiji,” which will feature HBM2 super-fast memory with slight architectural improvement. In 2018, AMD will bring successor of Polaris, codenamed “Navi,” which features an even faster next-gen memory interface.