AMD just demoed the gaming capability of their upcoming enthusiast graphics card. That being said, the recently demoed graphics card could be one of the most anticipated AMD Radeon RX 490 or just Radeon Pro. Furthermore, the AMD?s mysterious graphics card have proven itself to be a formidable threat against NVIDIA?s overclocked GTX 1080.
AMD Radeon RX 490 Benchmarked
Keeping up with NVIDIA?s GTX 1080 or even surpassing it shouldn?t come as a surprise. The RX 490 is rumored to be a dual graphics card. In addition, it is said that the Vega equipped system was able to outperform the GTX 1080 by using the Vulkan API. The benchmark that was used within the event was using Doom at 4K resolution that could also be running at the highest settings.
In the event, AMD showcased two systems that feature graphics card powered by their upcoming next-gen Vega architecture GPU. Furthermore, the first system sports a Radeon instinct MI25 graphics accelerator that features a 16GB of HBM2 memory. HBM2 is the second generation high bandwidth memory from AMD and Hynix.
Could This Be the AMD Radeon RX 490?
Meanwhile, the second system was considered as the consumer version of Vega architecture which featured an 8GB of HBM2 memory. However, unlike the MI25, the company was very keen on keeping every other detail under wraps. Aside from the benchmark scores, further specifications, and even its appearance were not shared.
As a matter of fact, every ventilation, as well as fan inlets were taped shut. In this case, it is safe to believe that the card suffering from thermal throttling while the tests were running given that it deprived the machine of any airflow. However, the card still performed exceptionally despite the lack of airflow which is a positive thing for AMD.
Furthermore, the demo was conducted using Fiji?s ordinary driver which is also used by Radeon R9 Fury X, Nano, and Fury with an additional debugging layer. No Vega optimized driver was used during the demo. Despite all the minor complications stated above, the consumer Vega graphics card was still able to outperform the GTX 1080 by 10% which is running at 1911 MHz.
AMD Vega Confirmed Leaked Specifications
Apparently, a member of the press was able to find some key specifications regarding AMD?s Vega architecture. According to the website WCCFTech, the said person had a glimpse of the expanded statistics in Doom. Hence, an 8GB of HBM2 memory for the consumer type of Vega was confirmed in addition to 512GB/s of memory bandwidth.
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