AMD is taking significant steps to make a comeback in CPU and GPU space. AMD plans to take on Intel’s high-end desktop HEDT chipsets with their new Ryzen line of processors. AMD’s Ryzen 12-core and 16-core chipsets are set to challenge Intel in the processor space that has long been dominated by Intel. And now, it looks like AMD is keen on giving Nvidia tough competition with its Vega GPUs.
AMD Vega GPU to compete with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, the successor of GeForce GTX 1080, is a beast. GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founder Edition set a new world record in benchmarks. The card was overclocked to a whopping 2.5GHz by KINGPIN, EVGA’s in-house over-clocker. As such, GeForce GTX 1080 Ti cannot be under-estimated, but let’s not forget that AMD’s new Vega architecture is far more advanced and powerful that what it has ever had so far.
Radeon RX Vega, the upcoming graphics card, is the result of massive changes by AMD to its GPU architecture. Expected to be released at end of Q2, there are reports about two variants – Vega 10 and Vega 11 – with Vega 11 being the low-end version and Vega 10 being the most powerful one. AMD Radeon RX Vega is expected to come with 4096 stream processors, 64 NCUS, 2048-bit memory bus, 16GB HBM2, PCIe Gen 3×16, 512 GB/s bandwidth and a TPD of 225W. In addition to these, AMD Radeon RX Vega will feature Draw Stream Binning Rasterizer and Primitive Shader – technologies that will enable prediction of pixels that will not be seen in a frame.
Considering the specs, it looks like AMD is directly targeting Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. In the CPU space, AMD Ryzen processors have the price-tag advantage. And AMD may use the same strategy – low-cost high performance GPUs – to target Nvidia’s GPUs.