The NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti and AMD Radeon RX 490 are undoubtedly two of the highest anticipated forthcoming chips today. Even though neither of the two companies has revealed anything regarding the possible release dates, the build up to the eventual NVIDIA GTx 1080 Ti vs AMD Radeon RX 490 standoff is already intensifying – courtesy, a series of leaks shedding light into the key specs and features of both the products.
Word around the water cooler is that the Radeon EX 490 will be based on AMD’s next-generation architecture. So far, all the recent chips from the company were based on the Polaris 10 GPU. As this WCCFTech report points out, the latest among them, the RX 480 boasted the most powerful combination the said GPU could facilitate.
According to the rumor mills, the Polaris 10 GPU can not possibly used further, thus paving the way for the next-gen Vega 10. This development, if true, will ensure that the forthcoming RX 490 will be capable of delivering a much more enhanced performance compared to its predecessors.
Rumors also have it that the RX 490 will have 12 teraflops and 16GB HB HBM1 memory on a 4,960-bit bus. The base clock might be of 1,200 mHad, as per this Videocardz report.
Compared to the AMD Radeon RX 490, the NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti is going to be based on the Pascal architecture released earlier in 2016. It will be the upgraded version of the GTX 1080 which happens to be the first ever Pascal-based chip.
Even though the GTX 1080 Ti is expected to come with only 10 teraflops of power, its base clock is at 1,607 MHz and can be boosted to 1,733 MHz. With a memory of 12GB GDDR5X on a 320-bit bus, the product will definitely be a powerful competitor to the RX 490.
As of now, these are the only likely specs worth mentioning and as you can see, they give neither product any edge over the other. As for availability, the RX 490 could arrive as early as in November 2017 whereas the GTX 1080 Ti is expected to hit the store shelves in early 2017.