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AMD Polaris 12 references spotted in latest Linux drivers

AMD Polaris 12 references spotted in latest drivers
AMD Polaris 12 references spotted in latest drivers
Unconfirmed early benchmarks in Ashes of the Singularity and GFXBench show similar performance results to the Polaris 11.

Senior VP and Chief Architect of Radeon Technologies Raja Koduri confirmed as early as March of this year that more Polaris GPUs would come after Polaris 11. The launch of Polaris 12 now seems imminent as new code in the current Linux driver "amdgpu" is indicating the existence of Polaris 12 chips. In fact, at least six lines of code (IDs) refer directly to the upcoming GPU as "POLARIS 12".

VideoCardz.com has further identified early performance results of the GPU for the game Ashes of the Singularity and the benchmark GFXBench. According to the results, Polaris 12 should perform very similarly to the current Radeon RX 460 with some benchmarks showing stronger or weaker performance levels of up to about 20 percent.

The unconfirmed results below should be taken with a grain of salt as it is also lacking information on test systems, configuration, drivers, and other important details outside of the GPU. Due to the similar performance numbers to Polaris 11, it's possible that AMD may launch the new GPU as a variant of Polaris 11 instead of a full-fledged Polaris 12.

Beyond the Radeon GPUs, AMD also recently announced its high-end Ryzen processors meant to challenge high-end K-class Core i7 processors from Intel.

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Polaris 12 entry in the Linux driver
Polaris 12 entry in the Linux driver
The six IDs in the Linux driver
The six IDs in the Linux driver
Polaris 12 in GFXBench
Polaris 12 in GFXBench
Polaris 12 in Ashes of the Singularity benchmark
Polaris 12 in Ashes of the Singularity benchmark

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Allen Ngo, 2016-12-23 (Update: 2016-12-23)
Allen Ngo
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.