AMD RX Vega 64 vs Nvidia GTX 1080: Which is Best?

AMD RX Vega 64 vs Nvidia GTX 1080
RX Vega 64GTX 1080
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PROSPROS
Performance generally similar to GeForce GTX 1080.
Future-looking feature set could yield additional performance.
FreeSync cost advantage.
Great all round performance.
Makes 4K gaming viable.
Classy design.
Quiet Cooler.
CONSCONS
High power consumption.
Cooling not handled as well as Vega Frontier Edition.
Top-billed features await future developer support.
Expensive launch price.
Aftermarket cards will be better specced for less.

SPECIFICATIONS

OVERVIEWRX VEGA 64GTX 1080
Card StatusReleasedReleased
ManufacturerAMDNVIDIA
Release Date14th August, 201727th May, 2016
Launch Price$599 USD$599 USD
GPURX VEGA 64GTX 1080
GPU Model14nm Vega 10 XT16nm GP104-400
Cores : TMUs : ROPs4096 : 256 : 642560 : 160 : 64
MEMORYRX VEGA 64GTX 1080
Memory Size8192 MB HBM28192 MB GDDR5X
Memory Bus Width2048-bit256-bit
Memory Bandwidth483.84 GB/s320.26 GB/s
PHYSICALRX VEGA 64GTX 1080
InterfacePCI-Express 3.0 x16PCI-Express 3.0 x16
Thermal Design Power295 W180 W
CLOCKSRX VEGA 64GTX 1080
Base Clock1247 MHz1607 MHz
Boost Clock1546 MHz1733 MHz
Memory Clock (Effective)945 (1890) MHz1251 (10008) MHz
Computing Power (FP32)10,215 GFLOPS8,228 GFLOPS

PERFORMANCE

The system that I’m testing with has an Intel Core i7-9700K CPU @ Stock an Gigabyte Z390 Auros Xtreme motherboard, along with 16GB of RAM running at DDR4-3200 in dual channel. The same Windows updates and game updates were used for testing, and for drivers I’m using the newest available at the time of testing, 430.86 for the Nvidia GTX 1080 and Adrenalin 19.6.2 for the AMD RX VEGA 64, so let’s get into the results.

A Plague Tale Innocence

Let’s start out A Plague Tale Innocence, which was tested with ultra settings. In terms of average FPS the GTX 1080 is 4% ahead of the Vega 64 at 1080p, lowering slightly to an 1.3% lead at 1440p. The winner in this game is GTX 1080.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was tested with the built in benchmark using very high settings. At 1080p the 1080 was just 13% ahead of the Vega 64 in average FPS, rising to a slight 19% improvement at 1440p. The winner in this game is GTX 1080.

Hitman 2

Hitman 2 was tested in campaign mode rather than multiplayer, as it’s easier to consistently reproduce the test run. At both resolutions there was no difference in average FPS. So this is a tie.

Just Cause 4

Just Cause 4 was tested using the built in benchmark with very high settings, and we’re seeing a 3.5% performance boost with the GTX 1080 at 1080p. At 1440p both the graphics card were giving 70FPS, so the winner in this game is GTX 1080.

Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus was tested using the replay feature with the exact same replay on both graphics cards. The GTX 1080 was again ahead here, though just 6.4% higher average FPS at 1080p and there was no difference at 1440p. The winner in this game is GTX 1080p.

Rage 2

Rage 2 was tested with the built in benchmark at ultra settings. Most parts of the game perform a fair bit better than this, so don’t take these results as a good indication of what to expect throughout the entire game, it’s more of a worst case, it does however allow me to perform an accurate comparison. At 1080p there was a large 9.6% improvement to average frame rate with the RX Vega 64, rising up to a 14% increase at 1440p. The clear winner is RX Vega 64.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider was also tested using the built in benchmark with very high settings, and with both resolutions, the RX Vega 64 was coming out 1FPS ahead of the 1080.

The Division 2

The Division 2 was tested using the built in benchmark at ultra settings. This is a game that I’ve found to perform better with AMD, however it also seems to do well with Nvidia graphics, so the result is a 5% boost to average FPS at 1080p with the Vega 64, rising to a 11% improvement at 1440p.

Wolfenstein

Wolfenstein was tested with the Ulletical FPS benchmark, and like many of my other comparisons there was less of a difference between the two here. The RX Vega 64 was actually ahead at both resolutions.

World War Z

World War Z was tested in the practice range as I can easily perform the same test run compared to playing with bots or other players which will vary every time. There was quite a nice improvement with the RX Vega 64 here, which was giving me 15% higher average FPS at 1080p, and 17% higher at 1440p.

CONCLUSION

Overall both the graphics card are performing well. Now which is better and which to buy? It depends on game you want to play. For me, I personally think it’s a tie between them. Personally, I will recommend you to buy RX Vega 64 because it is latest than GTX 1080. If you were buying today let me know which card you’d pick down in the comments and why, the GTX 1080 or RX Vega 64.