Introducing the Polaris Architecture

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Polaris is a new graphics architecture incorporating exciting features and improvements for virtually every area of a Radeon™ graphics chip. Look forward to: increased levels of performance, smooth VR, seamless support for next-gen gaming monitors and CPU-free game streaming or recording.

Cool Efficiency

The Polaris architecture precisely combines the latest FinFET 14 process and AMD’s advanced power, gating, and clocking technologies. Together, these features have improved the power efficiency of the Radeon™ RX 400 Series by up to 2.8X for a cool and quiet gaming experience.1

4th-Generation GCN

Versatile asynchronous compute, updated shader engines, enhanced memory compression and new geometry capabilities enable incredibly efficient support for DirectX® 12, Vulkan™ and VR in the best version of Graphics Core Next yet.

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AMD FreeSync™ Technology

Every PC gamer knows how incredibly smooth gaming can be at a steady 60+ FPS. Now you can have that low-latency experience at virtually any framerate with AMD FreeSync™ monitors.2

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Premium Game Streaming

Radeon™ RX 400 Series GPUs based on the Polaris architecture are a dream for anyone that’s serious about streaming and recording their favorite games: 4K, H.265, 60 FPS, virtually no performance impact. Need we say more?3

 

HDR Ready

High Dynamic Range (HDR) is a state-of-the-art technology for gamers and cinephiles that care deeply about the display quality of their TV or monitor. Modeled after the acuity of human vision, HDR vastly expands the range of colors and contrast ratios that can be shown by compatible displays. HDR-ready games and movies played on an HDR display appear strikingly sharp, colorful, and vivid, with enhanced contrast and sophisticated nuance compared to even the most stunning SDR content.

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Next-Generation Display Engine

Radeon™ GPUs with the Polaris architecture support HDMI® 2.0b, DisplayPort™ 1.3 HBR3 and DisplayPort 1.4 HDR for compatibility with a new generation of monitors that would make any gamer excited: 1080p 240Hz, 1440p 240Hz, 4K 120Hz-even 1440p ultrawide at 190Hz. All with AMD FreeSync and HDR, too!

 

VR Ready for the Masses

Polaris-powered Radeon™ GPUs are engineered to provide premium VR experiences starting at just $199 USD. The Polaris architecture provides the ideal combination of low latency, smart software and powerful compute that enables a silky smooth virtual reality experience.

 

GPUOpen

GPUOpen represents AMD’s total commitment to open source code to enable developers with the tools to make games look better and run better for PC gamers everywhere. Radeon™ GPUs with the Polaris architecture are born to speed through a diverse selection of  beautiful GPUOpen game effects: TressFX Hair, GeometrFX, ShadowFX, AOFX, SSAA, Forward+ and more.

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Ready for AMD XConnect™ Technology

Should a PC gamer on the go buy a gaming notebook that’s tough to carry, or a thin notebook that’s tough to game on? AMD XConnect™ unlocks the best of both worlds on systems designed for Thunderbolt™ 3 eGFX enclosures—an ideal form factor for fast and efficient Polaris-powered GPUs.4

1. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of May 10, 2016 on the AMD Radeon™ RX 470, AMD Radeon™ R9 270X. Using 3DMark FireStrike preset 1080p AMD Radeon™ RX 470 (110W) scored 9090, AMD Radeon™ R9 270X (180W) scored 5787. Using Ashes of the Singularity 1080P High, the AMD Radeon™ RX 470 (110W) scored 46 fps, AMD Radeon™ R9 270X (180W) scored 28.1. Using Hitman 1080p high at 1080p, the AMD Radeon™ RX 470 (110W) scored 60 fps, AMD Radeon™ R9 270X (180W) scored 27.6 fps. Using Overwatch 1080p Max settings, the AMD Radeon™ RX 470 (110W) scored 121 fps, AMD Radeon™ R9 270X (180W) scored 76 fps . Using Performance/Board power, the resulting average across the 4 different titles was a perf per watt of 2.8X vs the Radeon R9 270X . Test results are not average and may vary. RX-6

2. FreeSync is an AMD technology designed to eliminate stuttering and/or tearing in games and videos by locking a display’s refresh rate to the framerate of the graphics card. Monitor, AMD Radeon™ Graphics and/or AMD A-Series APU compliant with DisplayPort™ Adaptive-Sync required. AMD Catalyst™ 15.2 Beta (or newer) required. Adaptive refresh rates vary by display; check with your monitor manufacturer for specific capabilities.

3. AMD does not provide a license/sublicense to any intellectual property rights relating to any to any standards, including but not limited to any audio and/or video codec technologies such as AVC/H.264/MPEG-4, AVC, HEVC/H.265, VC-1, MPEG-2, and DivX/xVid.

4. Not all notebooks or 2-in-1s feature AMD XConnect™ technology, and not all external graphics (eGFX) enclosures are pre-configured with an AMD Radeon™ graphics card and/or feature user upgradability. Base system’s software package and BIOS must be configured to support AMD XConnect™ technology. System must have Thunderbolt™ 3 connection. Check with your manufacturer for full specifications and capabilities. GD-86

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