RX Vega 64 or GTX 1080 Pick the Best GPU for the Money

After a long break from the GPU market, AMD has finally unveiled its new Vega architecture graphic card RX Vega 64. The AMD’s new GPU comes with technical specs and enough technology to compete against rival NVIDIA's top of the line video card GeForce GTX 1080. The information and comparison below will help you pick the best video card for your hard-earned money.

The AMD’s RX Vega 64 has a major advantage over Nvidia's GTX 1080. The HBM2, the new GPU memory technology, used in the RX Vega 64 is faster than the GDDR5X used in the GTX 1080. In general, HBM2 memory offers higher speed and lower power consumption, favoring graphic cards designed to meet high performance demands.

Both GUPs offer 8 GB of RAM but the advantage of the HBM2 ram is significant as this communicates with the graphics processor of the card at 484 GB / s, whereas in the GTX 1080 the speed is 320 GB / s.

In terms of speed, the GPU will operate in a range that makes it comparable to the top of Nvidia's line. According to AMD, the clock stands at 1,247 and 1,546 MHz, while Nvidia offers the GTX 1080 with 1,607 to 1,733 MHz.

Performance AMD’s RX Vega 64 Vs Nvidia's GTX 1080

Individual performance chart for comparing the two cards don’t yet exist, but AMD estimates can be taken seriously because they show that the RX Vega 64 achieves a performance profile a bit lower than the GTX 1080. According to AMD, running games at 3440 X 1440 pixels, the board will deliver between 53 and 76 frames per second, while the GTX 1080 shows values ranging from 45 to 78 FPS.

RADEON Rx Vega 64 family comes with RADEON RX Vega 64, RADEON RX Vega 64 Limited Edition and RADEON RX Vega 64 Liquid Cooled

VR and 4K

At the launch event of the new GPU, AMD said it had tested its new video cards in more than 100 games that support 4K resolution and achieved satisfactory performance, over 60 frames per second in all of them. The expectation of the creators of the graphic card is that the board has enough breath to be the first Radeon really enabled for Ultra HD. This potential causes the board to have the same footprint as the GTX 1080.

In terms of VR, the consumer should not find any surprises either. The AMD card, as well as the Nvidia option, has technical specifications to spare to handle the demands of the most demanding VR experiences at present.

Power Consumption

Usually a weakness of the Radeon in comparison with the Geforce, Vega 64's power consumption is higher than that of the GTX 1080. In the version with conventional cooling system, the TDP reaches 290 watts, much more than the 180 watts Of the GTX 1080. In addition, AMD recommends a 600 watt source on systems that run a Vega 64 while Nvidia estimates that a 500 watt power supply is sufficient.


In relation to the price, AMD confirms the RX Vega 64 will sale for $ 499 while Nvidia's GTX 1080 is priced at $ 599.


Both GPUs offer high performance even for more demanding players. However, the only downside to the AMD board is power consumption. The 290W TDP represents a lot of wasted energy in the form of heat.