Polaris Architecture

Polaris GPU Architecture

The Best of PC Gaming in a Single Chip

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

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Cool Efficiency

AMD 14nm FinFET 

The Polaris architecture precisely combines the latest 14nm FinFET process and AMD's advanced power, gating and clocking technologies for a superior cool and quiet gaming experience.

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4th-Gen GCN

GCN Architecture 

Powerful async compute and new geometry capabilities enable unique support for DirectX® 12 and Vulkan™ in the best version of Graphics Core Next yet.


RadeonFreeSync™ Technology

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 Radeon FreeSync™ monitors.1

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Premium Game Streaming

Polaris Premium Game Streaming 

Radeon™ 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.

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HDR Ready

AMD 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. 

Next-Gen Display Engine

Next-Gen Display Engine 

Radeon™ GPUs with the Polaris architecture support HDMI® 2.0b and DisplayPort™ 1.3 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.

VR Ready for the Masses

VR Ready for the Masses 

The Radeon™ RX 480 graphics cards are engineered to provide premium VR experiences to a wide range of users. The Polaris architecture provides the perfect combination of low latency, smart software and powerful compute that enables a silky smooth virtual reality experience.


GPU Open

GPU Architecture 

GPUOpen represents AMD’s total commitment to open source code that can 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.

Ready for AMD XConnect™ Technology​

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.​2