Radeon RX Vega 64

AMD £470


The fastest cur­rent AMD graph­ics card is the RX Vega 64, and it comes up just short of the RTX 2070 for the same price. That’s the suc­cinct ex­pla­na­tion for Nvidia’s sub­stan­tial jump in gen­er­a­tional pric­ing on the RTX se­ries. It’s also why Nvidia could take a chance on real-time ray trac­ing hard­ware and deep learn­ing, be­cause why not?

The good news is that the RX Vega 64 is still a ca­pa­ble card. It does well in DirectX 12 games like Forza­Hori­zon4, beat­ing the RTX 2070, but that’s the ex­cep­tion rather than the rule, and the Vega 64 also pigs out on power. AMD nom­i­nally rates it as a 295W part, but I saw up to 100W higher power use than the 1080 Ti when play­ing games. That means higher fan speeds and more noise.

AMD is work­ing on a 7nm ver­sion of Vega for dat­a­cen­tres, but a con­sumer ver­sion will de­pend on the per­for­mance and cost. HBM2 pro­vides a lot of band­width, but it’s more ex­pen­sive than GDDR5. More likely is that we’ll have to wait for the 7nm Navi in late 2019 be­fore AMD has a GPU that can chal­lenge Nvidia’s RTX cards.

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