2017 is the year of AMD. For the company was in the shadow of Intel for almost a decade when it comes to CPUs and in the GPU market NVidia ruled supreme for years, but now AMD has competitive products in both markets. The company managed to offer excellent performance with its new Ryzen CPU lineup, giving gamers and professional excellent processors capable of competing with the most powerful Intel models. But the GPU part of the company struggled for a while, having to postpone the launch of the new graphics card lineup because of production problems with HBM2 (high bandwidth memory), letting NVidia reap profits from the high-end market with its GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 models. Today, AMD finally unveiled its new Radeon RX Vega family of high-end graphic cards and it looks like the company managed to design some pretty interesting hardware.
The Radeon RX Vega was in the rumor part of the news for more than a year. The new architecture looked like it is capable of disrupting NVidia’s most powerful cards, something AMD failed to accomplish for almost two years since the last flagship card released by AMD was the Fury X, which came out in 2015. The card brought a new memory architecture called HMB capable of offering insane memory bandwidth, but NVidia soon replied with the GTX 980, which was more powerful and more popular.
Now, AMD is bringing three new cards for hardcore gamers that come with a new generation of HBM. All three cards offer 8GB of HBM2 memory, featuring up to 60 percent more memory bandwidth than GDDR5, present in most high-end cards from both AMD and NVidia. The memory bus is 2048 bit on all three models with a memory bandwidth of 484GB/s (also on all three cards).
The Radeon RX Vega 56 is the slower model, coming with 56 computing units and a base clock of 1056 MHz for a total computing power of 10.5 TFLOPs (the GTX 1070 for instance, has a computing power of 6.5 TFLOPs). The card costs $399 and will compete with the GTX 1070. The Radeon RX Vega 56 is a great choice for 60fps gaming at 1440p ultrawide resolutions (like 3440×1440) and should offer more bang for your buck than the GTX 1070.
The flagship model, Radeon RX Vega 64 comes in two flavors. The first one features a classic air cooler, has 64 compute units and a base clock of 1247 MHz for a total computing power of 12.6 TFLOPs (compared to GTX 1080’s 8.9 TFLOPs). The second Radeon RX Vega 64 model comes with a liquid cooler, 64 compute units, a base clock of 1406 MHz and 13.7 TFLOPs of computing power. The two RX Vega 64 models should compete with the GTX 1080 and offer enough power for 4K UHD gaming. The first one is priced at $499 and the liquid cooled model sports a price of $699.
The Radeon RX Vega GPU family launches on August 14.