There are new rumours circulating regarding the launch of an AMD Radeon RX 490 high-end graphics card, suggesting a possible December 2016 launch.
Throughout 2016, rumours have pointed to various RX 490 and/or Vega launch dates so this kind of information should be taken with a pinch of salt. Nevertheless it's interesting to consider these sources and how closely they correlate to official information from AMD, such as the GPU architecture roadmaps
released at the AMD Capsaicin event, and a slip-up
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Considering first the official information - from the Capsaicin slide above - we can see that Vega is definitely very near. Using the guidelines tool in Photoshop, for example, puts the launch period of Vega right on the border between 2016 and 2017 - perhaps on the 2016 side, depending upon where you believe year markings should start and end on the chart.
The strongest supporter of the new RX 490 rumours looks to be WCCF Tech
. The site's sources indicate that an AMD Radeon RX 490 card will not only launch but also hit retail this December. It asserts that AMD has previously officially confirmed that this card is aimed at 4K and VR enthusiasts, will have a >256-bit memory bus, and be priced near to the Nvidia GTX 1080. However, it can't determine whether the RX490 will be a dual-GPU Polaris 10 or Vega 10-based design.
Considering the matter more closely and looking at past indicators, WCCF Tech puts its money on the RX 490 being a dual-GPU card. This is based upon more hearsay and a Zauba shipping manifest from a couple of months back. Furthermore, it is thought that Vega GPUs might spawn their own distinct Radeon nomenclature - so will not be part of the Radeon RX 4XX series.
Whatever the case, the next iteration of AMD graphics hardware will definitely offer more performance for the watt and, one would assume, enough horsepower to give the GTX 1080 serious pause of thought. Watch this space, graphics enthusiasts.