Originally Posted by yawa
I get the hesitency believe me, but I'm going out on a limb here and calling any previous roadmap for Steamroller bunk at this point because of the switch to the B cores. As such I believe in about 18 or so days they will deliver something we aren't expecting at the press conference.
So I'm going restate my predictions when it comes to high end desktop APU's ( especially since all of the leaks up till this point have only been low end mobile APU's), so here they are.
I'm calling two midrange to high end desktop chips being revealed.
- One, a high midrange FM2+ chip, running 832 Stream processors, no L3 cache, and two Steamroller B modules as the pure HSA enabled APU for an AIO build. This is the Richland Successor. -
- Second, a more traditional, yet made to challenge the high end segment, chip with less than 512 Stream processors ( maybe even 386), using the free space to put in a significant amount of L3 cache, and three to four Steamroller B modules for those of us who already own high end GPU's, and don't need one on the die. This is the surprise, the chip to keep them in the enthusiast market and push user's to get an FM2+ motherboard. To show the high end segment they haven't been forgotten. Keep in mind also, this chip's existence I believe would (neatly) explain the sudden onset of higher end Motherboards in the FM socket range.
Of course the cutback, but not elimination of SP's is because they want all mainstream chips going forward to have access to HSA, while at the same time keeping the higher core count of previous generations to make the ports from the 8 core consoles standardized across platforms and compilers. It just makes no sense to me why AMD would put 8 cores in the consoles and encourage developers to properly multi-thread games if they aren't gonna keep the same core count on their PC products for easy, quick, PC ports.-
I know it sounds crazy, but I will state again what I've said. Hawaii over delivered. No Roadmap at the time even remotely pegged that chip as powerful as it wound up being. I have a feeling the smoke and mirror act AMD pulled with their R290 chips, is going to carry over to SR. It's why we've heard nothing from them since mid-year.
Something is going to happen. Something unexpected, and I have a feeling we are all going to be shocked come the day of reveal.
If I'm wrong, I'm wrong, but considering what AMD did with Hawaii, I think now is probably as good a time as any to up the speculation ( and hope) for their forthcoming CPU's.
Feel free to add your predictions BTW. May as well go nuts till 11/20 or whenever the conference is.