AMD has taken the graphics challenge to a whole new level. With the upcoming release of the Radeon RX 500 series, AMD is stepping into the future where achieving highest clock speeds- which were not less than a dream in the past few years- is not a problem anymore. Not only this, AMD announced the Radeon RX Vega lineup a few days ago which is expected to be launched at the end of Q2 most probably. The card is said to come in a face to face competition with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.
The announcement regarding the upcoming Vega lineup was made during the event of CES in the past month of January. People who are following the news may know that the launch date as announced by the company, is drawing near and chances are firm that the cards will be released at the end of June or just a bit later.
What’s New In Vega?
People are thinking about the possible differences between Vega series and the older Radeon series. There is a whole lot of difference between the two lineups as the company claims to have introduced a number of up gradations in the architecture of the GPUs. Rumors suggest that two of the models of Vega lineup comprise of RX Vega 10 and RX Vega 11. Vega 10 being the best among the both and Vega 11 being a slightly lower with respect to the specifications. The list below shows some of the upcoming specifications briefly:
- 4096 stream processors
- 14nm GFX9 GPU
- 64 NCUs
- 512 GB/s bandwidth
- 225W TPD
- 2048-bit memory bus
- 16 GB HBM2
- PCIe Gen 3 x 16
Added Features Other Than These Specifications
In addition to the above-stated features, AMD is determined to introduce 2 new features namely, Draw Stream Binning Rasterizer and Primitive Shader. The purpose of these features is to determine which pixels will not be seen in a frame. This is a very important and useful feature as it will save the need to do unnecessary calculations.
Double Bandwidth With HBM2
In advancement of the old HBM technology, AMD will be using HBM2 technology in the Vega series which offers double the bandwidth with the 8 GB maximum capacity. Mr. Herkelman, the Vice President for gaming in AMD, the future notebooks will also be receiving the Radeon RX Vega GPUs. It can be the Vega 11 with a single HBM2 stack for better performance in notebook gaming or any other professional usage.
How Can AMD Radeon RX Vega Take On Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti?
The claim itself is based on the supposition of the popular belief that AMD is always cheaper than the Nvidia graphic cards. The recent flagship graphics card by Nvidia, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is described to be the most powerful Ti card ever released by Nvidia. The card comes with a hefty price tag of $699.99 and there is still not much known about that of the Vega series. So keep your fingers crossed and wait until the end of Q2 to experience the latest offering by AMD.