There is no doubt that the recently announced Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is currently the best graphics card in the market, but that doesn’t mean it will never face a competition. And the competitor will be none other than the AMD Radeon RX Vega that is based on the solid Vega architecture. This isn’t just a hollow claim, we will tell you why the upcoming GPU will simply overpower the GTX 1080 Ti.
What does GTX 1080 Ti bring to the table?
First off, the 1080 Ti is the best ‘Ti’ upgrade ever! The GTX 1080 Ti is 35 percent faster than the GTX 1080, unlike their predecessors that saw a jump of 25 percent. The 1080 Ti ships with an 11GB GDDR5X VRAM that runs across a 352-bit bus interface and it holds the fastest G5X solution till date.
It shares a lot of features with the Titan X like the same 250-watt TDP that needs both 8-pin and 6-pin connector. The CUDA cores and Texture Units of the 1080 Ti are 3584 and 224 respectively, again same as the Titan X. the core clock speed is a bit higher at 1481 MHz which can be taken boosted to 1582 MHz.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti vs AMD Radeon RX Vega
Now that you have seen what a beast the GTX 1080 Ti is in terms of raw specifications, it’s about time to see how it fares against the Radeon RX Vega.
AMD was expected to spill the beans over the upcoming GPU architecture but it chose to remain mum. Several leaks have provided us with a fair amount of information while it still lacks some crucial information.
As per several leaks, the AMD Radeon RX Vega will come with higher bandwidth memory with an 8GB of HBM2 VRAM. The Vega GPU will be the first in the industry to implement the HBM2 standard. That brings to a bandwidth of 512GB/s, compared to 484GB/s of GTX 1080 Ti. The upcoming AMD GPU is expected to offer 12.5 Teraflops of performance, which is again significantly higher than 11.3 Teraflops of the GTX 1080 Ti.
The company has completely redesigned its graphics processors to come up with the Vega architecture for ensuring a significantly better performance over its predecessors. The GPU will also offer a more immersive experience on VR while maintaining a steady frame rate.
Pricing will play a major role in positioning the two graphics cards in the market. Considering the past of AMD Radeon GPUs and the pricing strategy of the recently launched Ryzen processors, it is safe to assume that AMD will price the Vega GPUs very competitively. This will give AMD an edge over the Nvidia’s offering that has been priced at $699.
AMD Radeon RX Vega GPU is expected to be officially launched in Q2 2017.