The latest driver from AMD for Linux users has let slip some details regarding the RX Vega GPU which will make its debut later this year. According to the leaked specifications, the RX Vega has almost double the specs the AMD Radeon RX 480 currently offers, as well as the presence of high-speed second generation HBM2 memory.
AMD Radeon RX Vega is will be built on the 14nm Vega 10 XT architecture, with 4 Shader Engines and 4096 Stream Processors. Alongside that, Vega will have 256 Texture Mapping Units (TMUs) and 64 Render Output Units (ROPs) as well as 8GB HBM2 on a 2048-Bit memory interface. The leaks suggest it can provide a staggering 12.5 TFLOPS performance.
A comparison with Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1080 Ti indicates AMD's effort has the upper hand thanks to a greater number of shaders, as well as more texture mapping units. The GTX 1080 Ti provides around 11.3 TFLOPS, which is a shade lower than this upcoming variant from AMD if these specifications are considered true. However, benchmark and gaming performance could differ drastically from the back of the box specs.
All this should be taken with a grain of salt, or sugar if you don't want blood pressure (Blood pressure/diabetes, what a choice - Jon). However, it's crucial for AMD to take some drastic measures in order to regain it's falling revenue streams. AMD announced a $73 million net loss for Q1 2017. This was actually a good quarter considering their overall announcements, and a marked improvement year on year. Team Red has $943 million left in cash reserves having burned through $321 million in Q1 2017, although this is down to a combination of unrealized gains (increased inventory of AMD products), debt interest payments and the timing of cash collections. The net result is a degree of uncertainty surrounding AMD, enough to trigger a stock price crash after a couple of years of impressive gains.
Alleged RX Vega Benchmarks
A lot of AMD's cash is also being ploughed into R&D and marketing for upcoming products, such as Radeon Rx Vega. Earlier this week, alleged benchmark results from Radeon RX Vega cropped up in 3D Mark Time Spy 1.0. However, it's worth bearing in mind these may be from a different variant of the Vega card entirely, an early unoptimised version of RX Vega, or perhaps not even Vega at all. The results show the unnamed GPU performing fairly averagely, scoring 5950 in Time Spy alongside an AMD Ryzen 7 1800X CPU. That puts this mysterious graphics card in the same sort of ballpark as the GeForce GTX 1070. Our expectations are that Radeon RX Vega will almost certainly outperform the GTX 1070 considerably by the time it hits the market, so don't put any great faith in these benchmark results just yet.
What are your thoughts on the leaked specifications of RX Vega? Do you think it'll be a GTX 1080 Ti killer? Discuss it with us in the comments.