Radeon Technologies Group honcho Raja Koduri says AMD's Capsaicin event at GDC has become a tradition at this point. Holding with tradition, the company announced the name of its Vega-powered Radeons at the event. Those Vega cards will drop the numeric nomenclature of their predecessors and instead be called "Radeon RX Vega."
Koduri actually talked quite a bit about Vega at the presentation, but we already had most of the information that he shared. We did see a couple interesting demos, however. The company demonstrated the benefits of Vega's High-Bandwidth Cache Controller, promising that the feature doubles minimum framerates in Deus Ex: Human Revolution versus "traditional VRAM mode." Koduri also mentioned that the packed math compute capabilities of Vega—another way to say "doing FP16 on FP32 units"—are "like having twice as many shader units" for certain calculations. AMD demonstrated Vega rendering twice as many hair strands on a character using those packed-math capabilities.
We've been looking forward to AMD's re-entry into the high-end graphics processor world nearly as eagerly as we've been awaiting the company's re-entry into the high-end CPU market, and Radeon RX Vega cards will seemingly carry that torch. Koduri didn't clarify whether there would in fact be multiple processors based on the Vega design or simply a single chip, though. Earlier rumors have seeded the idea that there might be a "Vega 10" and "Vega 11" as with the company's Polaris GPUs. We'll just have to wait and see.