AMD unveils Vega gaming GPU lineup

AMD RX Vega

Officially announced last night at the SIGGRAPH conference in Los Angeles, AMD's new Radeon RX Vega GPUs are the talk of the PC hardware town.

How does it compare to Nvidia's graphics cards?

Team Red has revealed the Radeon RX Vega 64 and Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics processors and apparently these GPUs will compete with the NVIDIA GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 respectively.

As far as the Radeon RX Vega 56 is concerned, the $399 price tag earns you 56 compute units, 3584 stream processors, the same amount of RAM as the Radeon RX Vega 64 pair but with a lower bandwidth of 410GBps. All the graphics cards are having numbers after their name because that is the number of card's Compute Units.

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With specs out of the way, let's get to the pricing: the RX Vega 64 can be had for US$499 while its younger brother, the RX Vega 56 can be had for US$399. Vega 10 is having around 12.5 billion transistors and is manufactured using a 14nm FinFET LPP process.

After quite a wait for fans of Team Red, AMD is almost ready to take on NVIDIA in the GPU space. It offers a memory bandwidth of 320GBPS, which is less than what the Vega 64 offers.

However, we now have a little bit more insight into Radeon RX Vega 64 performance thanks to some benchmarks posted on AMD's website. Also 410GB/s memory bandwidth, 8GB of HBM2, and a 210W TDP. If performance is up to snuff for the new cards, then AMD might just have Nvidia beat.

In Battlefield 1, The Radeon RX Vega 64 provides roughly a 25 percent performance advantage over the Radeon R9 Fury X at 1920x1080.

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Meanwhile, the top-end RX Vega 64 too comes in two versions, one being air-cooled while another comes with a water-cooling solution.

Following moths of speculations and anticipation, AMD has finally unveiled the Vega gaming GPU family of Radeon RX Vega 64 and Radeon RX Vega 56. It sports 8GB of memory like its more powerful sibling, but has fewer texture units and a slower boost clock speed of 1471MHz.

Featuring the same silver aluminum shroud as the RX Vega 64 Limited Edition, but on a much shorter PCB with dual-slot design, the RX Vega Nano apparently has the same display output configuration, with three DisplayPort and single HDMI port and uses a single, center-placed fan.

The Radeon Aqua Pack with Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid Cooled will cost $699 and arrive in September.

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Raja Koduri, senior vice president and chief architect, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD explains, "The enthusiast gaming experience is defined by high resolutions and a tear-free, buttery smooth 60 frames per second, something that only approximately 600,000 gamers are capable of enjoying today". Heck, AMD Windows drivers have really improved over the years too, making it a treat to upgrade when a new version is released.

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