Slightly over two years in the past, AMD introduced that it will restructure its high-end GPU improvement workforce. This new unit, dubbed the Radeon Technologies Group, could be led by senior vp Raja Koduri. While RTG was by no means an impartial spin-off or subsidiary, it loved a good diploma of autonomy and concentrated AMD driver improvement, developer relations, GPU design, and GPU architectures all below the identical unit. This was a departure from the earlier badociation, through which AMD has considerably unified its APU, CPU, and GPU groups. RTG, we had been advised, could be the car AMD wanted to ship a best-in-clbad half that might compete with something Nvidia needed to supply. Now, Raja has introduced he’s leaving AMD (he had been on sabbatical for the previous 40 days).
Hexus obtained a replica of the memo Koduri despatched to different members of the RTG group. In it, he thanks his co-workers for his or her laborious work and dedication to a tough two-year interval and particularly mentions each Lisa Su and Mark Papermaster for the belief they prolonged to him in forming and backing RTG within the first place.
An Unsurprising Departure
On the one hand, this information is not any shock; we’ve heard rumors Raja may be leaving for a number of weeks now. But the opposite motive it’s not stunning is as a result of each Polaris and Vega have struggled to match Nvidia’s personal GPUs. Now, remember, the lead time on GPU designs is sort of lengthy. AMD was engaged on Polaris lengthy earlier than they introduced it in late 2015; Vega’s design would’ve probably been underway by then as properly. AMD’s RX 400 sequence was strong and fairly properly positioned, if not a knockout, however the RX 580 solely managed to extend its efficiency by burning an amazing deal extra energy. Boosting the RX 580’s clocks introduced it extra consistent with the GTX 1060, however energy effectivity remained elusive.
Vega 56 and Vega 64 have the same drawback. By the time the playing cards had been prepared for market, Nvidia’s Pascal had been out for 15 months. In peculiar circumstances, one would possibly fairly anticipate AMD to (pardon the pun) piledrive Nvidia. But that’s not what occurred. Instead, the Vega 56 established itself as a considerably sooner GPU in contrast with the GTX 1070, whereas Vega 64 lags a bit behind the GTX 1080.
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This is definitely higher than having no high-end GPU in any respect, and Raja deserves credit score for delivering a component that does compete fairly properly, given value drop is all AMD would really want to promote a a lot better performance-per-dollar ratio than Nvidia’s higher-end playing cards. AMD took a beating for years over its erratic body timing in contrast with Nvidia, however Vega opinions have proven that this drawback is essentially prior to now. In some circumstances, AMD playing cards are literally smoother. But once more, expectations had been extraordinarily excessive for Vega, and the GPU didn’t ship the knockout punch that traders and fanatics anticipated.
We’ve lengthy speculated that HBM2’s tough ramp might have performed a component on this, however finally it doesn’t matter. Vega could also be a contender, but it surely wasn’t a knock-out. It’s an structure AMD can construct on (and is constructing on, given the current take care of Intel), but it surely didn’t vault AMD again into the driving force’s seat.