AMD issued a press release earlier today announcing that it will be showing off the much-awaited Radeon 500 series Vega GPUs in an exclusive event later this month — more specifically, on Feb 28.

AMD Vega release date

Dubbed Capsaicin And Cream, the press event is going to be a part of GDC 2017.

If you remember, last week we detailed AMD’s plans to launch the next-generation 500-series Vega graphics cards sometime in May. And further strengthening that assessment, the folks over at has also claimed that the forthcoming Radeon 500 series should hit the store shelves in May 2017.

“Hosted by Radeon Technologies Group’s Senior Vice President and Chief Architect, Raja Koduri, the show will be a celebration of PC gaming, the technology steering its future, and the developers who work tirelessly to transform their imaginations into tomorrow’s blockbuster games.”

“The one-hour live event will offer PC gaming enthusiasts and developers around the world a preview of AMD’s latest graphics and processor technologies, reveal exciting new details surrounding Vega, and showcase the summer’s most anticipated PC and VR games from visionary game developers.”

Vega 10 vs. NVIDIA’s GTX 1080 (and GTX 1080 Ti): What to expect

Starting with the fundamentals, Vega 10 is the bigger one in the extended Vega (Vega 11 being the smaller between the two). Being the flagship in the Radeon 500 lineup, Vega 10 will be the chief competitor to rival NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1080, as well as the GTX 1080 Ti when it launches.

Graphics CardR9 Fury XRX 480RX 500 Series
RX 500 Series
GPUFiji XTPolaris 10Vega 11Vega 10
Process Node28nm14nm14nm14nm
Stream Processors40962304TBA4096
Memory Bus4096-bit256-bitTBA2048-bit
Performance8.6 TFLOPS
8.6 (FP16) TFLOPS
5.8 (FP16) TFLOPS
25 (FP16) TFLOPS

An earlier demonstration already showed Vega 10 outperforming the GTX 1080 by nearly 10% while running on 300-series Fury drivers.

And by all logic, this performance will likely improve even further with all the post silicon optimization, and better-matched drivers. According to WCCFtech, four out of five employees in AMD’d driver team are currently working on improving the driver so they can make the most out of Vega.

GTX TItan X PascalGTX 1080GTX 1080 Ti
(rumored specs)
Transistors12 Billion7.2 Billion12 Billion
Die Size471mm²314mm²471mm²
Memory Speed10Gbps10Gbps10Gbps
Memory Interface384-bit256-bit384-bit
Memory Bandwidth480GB/s320GB/s480GB/s
CUDA Cores358425603328
Base Clock141716071503
Boost Clock153017301623

Vega 11 will lock horns with the GTX 1070

The smaller and less powerful Vega 11 is often coined as AMD’s best bet at wooing the mid-range, a high-performance sect of the market. Needless to say, that puts the Vega 11 on a collision course with NVIDIA’s GTX 1070.

However, unlike the Vega 11 vs GTX 1080 standoff, analysts are not exactly sure whether or not Vega 11 will be able to outshine its NVIDIA counterpart. That’s mostly because we are yet to see the GPU in action. However, the status quo might just change on Feb 28 as AMD is expected to present the first preview of Vega 11.

Press Release


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