Amd has finally revealed their new high end gaming graphics card Vega at this years SIGGRAPH event. After more than a year of bigging up their new graphics card the card looks as though it is going to be a complete flop. AMD maybe good at marketing but they sure aren’t any good at making decent graphics cards. AMD even hired Linus from linustechtips to do an unboxing at the SIGGRAPH event to show off the new card in an attempt to dazzle the masses with their shiny new piece of hardware whilst restricting people from actually testing the cards hoping that people would not notice the underwhelming performance of the card. Not only does the new vega graphics card fail to beat nvidia’s year old graphics cards in raw performance AMD has used expensive HMB2 memory to build vega which means the card is priced exactly the same as Nvidia’s! Furthermore the power consumption of the new vega graphics cards is actually a lot more than that of the Nvidia’s cards so will cost you more in electricity bills in the long run.
Vega will come in a number of different variants including the vega 64 and 56 which will be released later this month.
The Vega 64 is priced at $499 and will compete with the Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics card. Gaming is expected to perform a little bit better than the 1080 in optimized games such as DOOM but not by much. There will also be a water cooler version of this card which will be priced at $699. The Water cooled version is priced the same as Nvidia’s GTX 1080ti card but is less powerful in terms of perfromance accordin to AMD’S own released benchmarks. This graphics card will have 12.66 TFLOPS, 64 compute units, 4,096 stream processors, and 8GB of advanced HBM2 memory, 484GBps of bandwidth and will be clocked at 1,247MHz with a boost clock of 1,546MHz. The Vega 56 will launch for just $399 and is going to be battling against the Nvidia GTX 1070 graphics card. This card will have 10.5 TFLOPS, 6 compute units, 3,584 stream processors, 8GB of HBM2 RAM, 410GBps of bandwidth, and will be clocked at 1,156MHz with 1,471 boost clock.
What makes these graphics card even more of a failure for AMD is the fact that Nvidias will be releasing a new line of Volta cards. Volta will be released sometime in early 2018 which are rumoured to be 40% faster and a lot more power efficient making amd vega look pretty lame.