At an AMD 'Tech Summit' held in Beijing this past week, plenty was revealed about the company's upcoming Radeon RX Vega. It's not clear whether anything at this summit was meant to leak out almost immediately, but it included some information AMD hasn't yet mentioned on these shores. Nonetheless, there is a lot of good information to glean from what was presented.
The folks over at Videocardz somehow managed to track down a recording of the presentation without a Mandarin dub, so if you're wanting to watch the entire thing for yourself, hit up the video below.
First and foremost, perhaps the biggest news from this event is the fact that Vega is going to be appearing in notebooks. AMD really hasn't had a large presence in notebooks over the past few years. The chips have drawn a bit too much power, leaving the road open for NVIDIA to dominate.
HBM2, however, should help immensely in making sure that Vega is well-received in notebooks. Stacked VRAM chips can save a lot of space, and with what's sure to be AMD's most efficient 14nm architecture ever built, the time looks to be right to get AMD back into our mobile gaming machines or mobile workstations (please make Radeon Pro mobile happen).
Another detail that won't come as much of a surprise is that Vega cards will include either 4GB or 8GB of HBM2 memory. While NVIDIA has a few cards with more than 8GB of VRAM, reaching even 8GB is going to require the "worst case" scenario: higher than 4K resolution (probably) or the use of game mods that require a lot of VRAM. For the overwhelming majority, 8GB is a safe spot.
Unfortunately, we still don't have any specifics concerning Vega's launch date. AMD, and many others for that matter, generally don't talk about release dates until they are just a week or two away, so we'll have to just keep on waiting.