AMD Radeon RX Vega Compared Against a GeForce GTX 1080 in Budapest – Almost Similar Performance in Battlefield 1, Launches in 2 Weeks

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Jul 18, 2017
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AMD is giving their upcoming Radeon RX Vega graphics cards a tour and today it landed in its first destination, Budapest. During the tour, AMD will showcase the gaming capabilities and details of their flagship gaming graphics cards to AMD community members.

AMD Radeon RX Vega Lands in Budapest – Shows Performance Close To a GTX 1080, Launching in 2 Weeks

In Budapest, AMD partnered up with ASUS to showcase the gaming performance on the Radeon RX Vega graphics cards along with other ASUS and AMD products. There wasn’t anything new to see at the booth except the Radeon RX Vega graphics card which wasn’t actually shown to the public but attendees were able to check out the performance of the graphics card for the first time hands-on. AMD will also be going to other places in the coming days as mentioned by them earlier:

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  • Budapest, Hungary July 18 at the Akvárium Klub from 2 to 7 CET.
  • Portland, USA, PDXLAN in, July 21 to 23
  • Los Angeles, USA, SIGGRAPH 2017, July 30

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The AMD Radeon RX Vega was tested on a Ryzen 7 system inside a closed PC. People were not able to see the graphics card at all and play through only one gaming title. The title selected was DICE’s Battlefield 1 and was running on a resolution of 3440×1440. The graphics card was compared to a second PC that was running a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (reference card). This was confirmed by a AMD representative who said that they were using a GTX 1080 (Non Ti) against the Radeon RX Vega graphics card.

Both systems were running a curved display, one had G-Sync and one had FreeSync so it’s obvious that the G-Sync system had GeForce card installed and the FreeSync system had Radeon installed. However, there was no indication which system was using the FreeSync + Radeon setup and which had the G-Sync + GeForce setup. Both monitors were fully covered so even the specific models weren’t mentioned.

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Anyways, moving onward, there was one system that faced a little hiccup and was performing worse. There’s no way to tell which system that was but we know that a single GeForce GTX 1080 does over 60 FPS (average) on 4K resolution with Ultra settings. The tested resolution is not high compared to 4K so it’s possible that the GTX 1080 was performing even better. Plus, AMD not publicly showing any FPS counter and restricting max FPS with syncing showcases that there was possibly a problem with the Radeon RX Vega system against the GeForce part.

  • The AMD rep guy was asked and he said it’s a GTX 1080 non Ti against the RX VEGA
  • We were given 2 systems with an RX and a GTX to play BF1 on.
  • They do use free- and g-sync and yes there were no fps counters. From my experience there were no fps drops on any of the systems.
  • There was a little hiccup, but they resolved it in an instant and from my experience and many others the difference was unnoticeable. Mind you we were not told and are not going to be told which setup is which. Via Szunyogg Reddit

Lastly, AMD reps told the public that the AMD system has a $300 US difference which means two things.  First, AMD puts the average price of a FreeSync monitor compared to a G-Sync monitor as $200 US cheaper. Then if we take that $200 out of the $300 from what AMD told, it means that the Radeon RX Vega can be as much as $100 US cheaper than the GeForce GTX 1080 at launch which should be a good deal but they haven’t told anything on things aside from that like performance numbers in other titles, power consumption figures and most importantly, what clocks was Vega running at which seems a little sad.

AMD Radeon Vega Lineup:

Graphics CardRadeon R9 Fury XRadeon RX 480Radeon RX Vega Frontier EditionRadeon RX Vega 64Radeon RX Vega 56(Radeon Pro Vega 64Radeon Pro Vega 56
GPUFiji XTPolaris 10Vega 10Vega 10 XTX/XTVega 10 XLVega 10Vega 10
Process Node28nm14nm FinFETFinFETFinFETFinFETFinFETFinFET
Compute Units64366464566456
Stream Processors4096230440964096358440963584
Performance8.6 TFLOPS
8.6 (FP16) TFLOPS
5.8 TFLOPS
5.8 (FP16) TFLOPS
13 TFLOLPS
26 (FP16) TFLOPS
Up to 13+ TFLOPS
26+ (FP16) TFLOPS
TBA~13 TFLOLPS
~25 (FP16) TFLOPS
11 TFLOLPS
22 (FP16) TFLOPS
Texture Mapping Units256144256256TBA256224
Render Output Units64326464TBA6464
Memory4GB HBM8GB GDDR516GB HBM2TBATBA16GB HBM28GB HBM2
Memory Bus4096-bit256-bit2048-bit2048-bit2048-bit2048-bit2048-bit
Bandwidth512GB/s256GB/s484GB/sTBATBATBA400GB/s
TDP275W150W300-375WTBATBATBATBA
Launch20152016June 2017July 2017July 2017December 2017December 2017
Price$649 US$199 (4 GB)
$229 (8 GB)
$999 (Reference)
$1499 (Liquid)
$499 (Reference)
$549 (Limited Air)
$599 (Liquid)
$649 (Liquid LE)
$399TBDTBD

All it tells is that AMD is leveraging their new graphics card using technology that’s much older. It almost seems like that Vega will be great only if you plan to purchase a FreeSync monitor because otherwise, the features touted for the RX Vega cards aren’t doing much to help it in the performance sector against a rivaling card that is more than a year old and available in several custom flavors that further help boost performance. We hope that AMD shares more details of Radeon RX Vega cards in the coming weeks.

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