Getting a new GPU is perhaps the hardest thing for a gamer; when you consider the current options, it’s safe to say that the market isn’t making it easy to choose the one suitable for you.
The acclaimed GTX 1000 series or the newest VEGA series GPUs, both of which are currently in the game, but with VEGA being a lot late to the party. Is it time to finally give in to the over 1-year GTX series and get a GTX 1070 or a GTX 1080 or should you just bite the bullet and go for a Vega 56 or 64 GPU.
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The new VEGA GPUs are powerful beasts, but they are still struggling with their lackluster gaming performance. When you compare the GTX 1070 to a VEGA 56 graphics card, you’ll notice (as of now at least) the performance of the VEGA is just SLIGHTLY better than the Nvidia card.
Even though it’s been a year, VEGA is yet to completely annihilate its NVIDIA counterparts or at least have enough of an edge to call it “newer generation”. Though, it’s not all bad. While VEGA 56 is better than 1070, the performance difference will keep on increasing as time passes due to that FineWine you keep hearing from AMD.
An expected different of up to 10% is expected from both the VEGA 56 and 64 in the coming months.
Now let’s discuss the VEGA 64. Being “newer” generation than the GTX 1000 series, it is trying to keep up with the GTX 1080. In some tests, the 64 is clearly beating the 1080 and in others, it is being beaten slightly. As the aforementioned performance increases, the card will definitely be a greater choice when comparing to the GTX 1080; but for now, the performance difference and the power requirements are too high to give 64 the trophy.
As of now, both the AMD cards are more power hungry than their counterparts. But, when you consider that the thermals (believe it or not) are similar, and in some cases, AMD actually taking the lead when it comes to the heat output, you can consider the situation tied at best.
with future AIB variants and improvements in the performance, we can expect AMD to rattle away the previous champions in both gaming performance and “mining performance”.
Initially marketed with a $499 tag for the 64, the graphics card is hardly sold for that much. WIth a +$100 price tag within the hour of when the orders started rolling, gamers had gotten worried whether or not the price is being inflated by the sellers or by limited stock.
AMD has come out saying that the $499 price tag was an introductory offer and was only applicable for the first batch of cards and that the price will stay at the inflated price of $599 for a good period of time.
And this is for the AIR cooler model, or the “FE”. For the liquid cooled variant, you can pay upwards of $699, or equivalent to a GTX 1080 Ti, which is iffy for most people.
At the end of the day, it boils down to both personal preference and waiting for the FineWine to kick in; if you’ve waited long enough for VEGA already, waiting for a few months will definitely be something worth considering, but if you already have a GTX 1070 or a GTX 1080, then “upgrading” to a VEGA 56 or 64 wouldn’t be worth the extra money, unless of course, you want to mine.