For the longest time, NVIDIA has been manning the top position in terms of GPU performance. The company has managed to stay on top for quite some time now. However, that is about to change with the upcoming AMD Radeon RX 490.
On paper, the new graphics card packs one hell of a punch. Featuring 4096 compute cores combined with a 4096-bit memory bus width, this will fire up anyone?s gaming rig.
The AMD Radeon RX 490 is a part of the newest Vega 10 family of graphics processor. These processors are based on the same 14nm FinFET technology as the Polaris with 16GB of HBM2 memory. As stated earlier, the video card has 4096 cores and runs at a base frequency of 1200MHz. There are no news about the boost speed at the moment. However, one can expect that this will be less than 1500 MHz.
The memory bandwidth of the Radeon RX 490 peaks at around 512 Gbps, which is 10.6 percent faster than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. On top of that, with a massive core count, the compute rate now figures to 12 TFLOPs.
In terms of cooling, the RX 490 runs a bit cooler than the GTX 1080 Ti. It registers a 225W TDP or thermal design power against NVIDIA?s 250W for the GTX 1080 Ti.
The new Vega architecture is said to feature both 10nm and 7nm chips on later releases. In the next couple of years, AMD will be releasing improved versions of the new Vega design architecture. By end of 2018, gamers will be seeing graphics cards with 32GB of HBM2 RAM that are capable of 1Tbps memory transfer. For now, gamers will just have to settle for the RX 490.
The new AMD Radeon RX 490 is slated for late 2017 release. This is where NVIDIA gains its footings since it will be release in the early months of next year. Until then, all gamers can do now is wait for AMD to unleash its beast for the high-end graphics market.
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