Image credit: Daeguen Lee, Macau Business Trip Live Blog
AMD's NDA for Polaris Tech Day is scheduled to be lifted one month from now on June 29th, when editors and press will be able to post all the details surrounding benchmarks, prices and hardware build quality of the company's 14-nanometer FinFET GPU lineup for Q3 2016. We are expecting some early hardware reviews to be part of this plan, as AMD’s original launch for Polaris was planned for early July. This time around, we are hoping enough samples will be sent to every qualified site that asks for them without the “selectively unbiased” AMD marketing conundrum that has unfortunately occurred in the past.
AMD's schedule for its Macau, China event (May 26th - 29th) includes opening keynotes, briefing sessions with RTG staff, technology demos, and some architecture focus groups
Behind closed doors, AMD probably showed invited attendees some early Polaris 10 (likely “Radeon R9 480 / Radeon R9 480X”) and Polaris 11 (likely “Radeon R9 470 / Radeon R9 470X”) benchmarks and what mainstream consumers can expect in terms of performance with the new 14nm FinFET architecture. Last week, some early benchmarks leaked of two mainstream Polaris 10 cards in CrossFire scoring 25,830 in 3DMark and outperforming a single Geforce GTX Titan X (22,903). These numbers come just shy of a single Geforce GTX 1080 scoring 27,683 in the same test.
Last week, the company announced that its public Polaris press conference at Computex 2016 (May 31st to June 4th) will take place on Wednesday, June 1st at 7pm PDT (10am CST). We are expecting AMD CEO Lisa Su and Radeon Technologies Group boss Raja Koduri to be present, among other top RTG graphics department staff. A real-time video webcast of the event will be viewable on AMD’s Computex page here.
In other news, there also appear to be signs that AMD may or may not be preparing to replace its current Radeon Technologies Group logo with the much simpler “Radeon” name. VideoCardz.com has already written about this being a possibility, but we should have a confirmation during AMD’s more public Polaris announcement at Computex in just a few short days.
Current Radeon Technologies Group logo
A backpack from the event featuring a much simpler "Radeon" brand logo