Monday, March 20th 2017

AMD's Elusive Polaris 12 Makes an Appearance on CompuBench

Reports are going around that AMD's smallest-ever Polaris chip has been seen on the OpenCL pages of CompuBench. Based on a new Polaris 12 GPU (or should it be Polaris 22?), this is a chip which is likely to power an even lower-end of the spectrum than what AMD's RX 460 (and upcoming RX 560 rebrands) already does.

Polaris 12 apparently features 10 Compute Units, which amounts to 640 Stream Processors. Remember that AMD's Polaris 11 chip which powers the RX 460 actually has 1024 stream processors, though only 896 are available for access on retail versions of the card (though some magickery can unlock those latent stream processors.) This means that Polaris 12 essentially packs half as many shaders as Polaris 11 does. The 640 Stream Processors are expected to be clocked at 1302 MHz, and the cards will reportedly ship with up to 4 GB of GDDR5 memory. Expect cards based on this GPU to sell below the RX 460's $99.

Source: Videocardz
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18 Comments on AMD's Elusive Polaris 12 Makes an Appearance on CompuBench

#1
hojnikb
Great for HTPCs, if they can make it passive and/or low profile
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#2
ShurikN
No point in this card if it's more than $60
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#3
FYFI13
ShurikN said:
No point in this card if it's more than $60
Exactly what i thought. Even RX 460 performance is too close to iGPU's to justify it's price.
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#4
etayorius
ShurikN said:
No point in this card if it's more than $60
Agree.
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#5
XiGMAKiD
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Next thing you know
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#6
R-T-B
Compubench is a pure compute benchmark. As I noted earlier, I would not take it's benchmark figures seriously, but it's spec reports are interesting for sure.
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#7
Dj-ElectriC
I don't know why would anyone bother anymore with those sub 99$ GPUs.

iGPU market killed the entry level star.
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#8
Lightofhonor
Dj-ElectriC said:
I don't know why would anyone bother anymore with those sub 99$ GPUs.

iGPU market killed the entry level star.
This is for the Ryzen user who doesn't want to game and runs apps that aren't GPU accelerated.

And ignorant shoppers :D
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#9
Readlight
I can only play Left 4 Dead 2 and Batlefield 2 on rx 460 it caan only play games whit lower graphics, psysics lower than 60 fps ins unplayable recording drops lots off frames Mass Effect Andromeda makes black srean.
There is no list off good games for this card.

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#10
Kanan
This means that Polaris 12 essentially packs half as many shaders as Polaris 11 does.
Last time I checked the half of 1024 were 512 or 448 (half of 896) shaders and not 640 shaders which this one will have.
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#11
Super XP
Readlight said:
I can only play Left 4 Dead 2 and Batlefield 2 on rx 460 it caan only play games whit lower graphics, psysics lower than 60 fps ins unplayable recording drops lots off frames Mass Effect Andromeda makes black srean.
There is no list off good games for this card.

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What's your system specs? Because at the moment, I can play both of those games mentioned with the highest possible settings at 1920 x 1080p. With my current setup.
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#12
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
This card is an IGP replacement. Think someone that bought a Ryzen for compute work but still needs a GPU because there isn't one on die. You drop in an RX 550 or whatever it is and it will be adequate for virtually any 2D task.

I welcome this news because most cards in the sub $100 range are rebrands of very old architectures. Finally we're getting something new that has all of the latest tech without the power draw and cost of a 3D gaming card. I might buy one of these for my server.
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#13
ratirt
Readlight said:
I can only play Left 4 Dead 2 and Batlefield 2 on rx 460 it caan only play games whit lower graphics, psysics lower than 60 fps ins unplayable recording drops lots off frames Mass Effect Andromeda makes black srean.
There is no list off good games for this card.

Youtube: cOKN2xBLPQw
That's weird bro. With my 670 I could play max settings and get 50 FPS and rx 460 is way better than 670 GTX. I bet it's not the card that's the problem here.
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#14
Raevenlord
News Editor
Dj-ElectriC said:
I don't know why would anyone bother anymore with those sub 99$ GPUs.

iGPU market killed the entry level star.
I both agree, and see what you did there, you radio star ;)
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#15
kruk
I really can't understand the hate towards these types of GPUs:

- Their power usage and thus heat output is extremely low and they are tiny, fitting in almost any case. It's superb for giving an old PC some gaming power
- They are reasonably cheap
- The fastest consumer APUs are now on HD 7750 level and this chip will be twice as fast, which makes it faster than 80% of the GPUs people on Steam use
- They are able to play any well optimized AAA game (2010 and older) at 1080p max settings
- The above doesn't mean you can't run modern AAA games on decent visual detail

etc.
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#16
HD64G
Readlight said:
I can only play Left 4 Dead 2 and Batlefield 2 on rx 460 it caan only play games whit lower graphics, psysics lower than 60 fps ins unplayable recording drops lots off frames Mass Effect Andromeda makes black srean.
There is no list off good games for this card.

Youtube: cOKN2xBLPQw
A clear trolling attempt here...

RX460 is close to HD6950 that is able to play many games in medium settings and at 1080P. Just look into my signature's PC specs...
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#17
Readlight
Super XP said:
What's your system specs? Because at the moment, I can play both of those games mentioned with the highest possible settings at 1920 x 1080p. With my current setup.
MY motherboard and bios is very incompatible becouse 8 years old. I can only play low graphics games Recording drops loots off fps, and new drivers make blue screan.
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#18
ratirt
Readlight said:
MY motherboard and bios is very incompatible becouse 8 years old. I can only play low graphics games Recording drops loots off fps, and new drivers make blue screan.
So It's not the card itself it's your system that struggles. I don't even wanna ask what type of CPU, RAM etc. you use. Maybe it's about time to switch to something newer and believe me it doesn't have to be the top shelf though.
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