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GeForce RTX 2080 vs Radeon RX Vega 56

Intro

The GeForce RTX 2080 features a clock speed of 1515 MHz and a GDDR6 memory speed of 14 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 12 nm design. It is made up of 2944 SPUs, 184 Texture Address Units, and 64 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX Vega 56, which has GPU clock speed of 1156 MHz, and 8192 MB of HBM2 RAM running at 1600 MHz through a 2048-bit bus. It also is comprised of 3584 SPUs, 224 Texture Address Units, and 64 ROPs.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

GeForce RTX 2080 26155 points
Radeon RX Vega 56 21011 points
Difference: 5144 (24%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX Vega 56 210 Watts
GeForce RTX 2080 215 Watts
Difference: 5 Watts (2%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce RTX 2080 should be 9% quicker than the Radeon RX Vega 56 overall, because of its higher data rate. (explain)

GeForce RTX 2080 458752 MB/sec
Radeon RX Vega 56 419430 MB/sec
Difference: 39322 (9%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce RTX 2080 is a bit (about 8%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon RX Vega 56. (explain)

GeForce RTX 2080 278760 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX Vega 56 258944 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 19816 (8%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce RTX 2080 is superior to the Radeon RX Vega 56, by far. (explain)

GeForce RTX 2080 96960 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX Vega 56 73984 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 22976 (31%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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GeForce RTX 2080

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Specifications

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Model GeForce RTX 2080 Radeon RX Vega 56
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2018 September 2017
Code Name TU104-400A-A1 Vega 10 XL
Memory 8192 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 1515 MHz 1156 MHz
Memory Speed 14 GB/s 1600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 215 watts 210 watts
Bandwidth 458752 MB/sec 419430 MB/sec
Texel Rate 278760 Mtexels/sec 258944 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 96960 Mpixels/sec 73984 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2944 3584
Texture Mapping Units 184 224
Render Output Units 64 64
Bus Type GDDR6 HBM2
Bus Width 256-bit 2048-bit
Fab Process 12 nm 14 nm
Transistors (Unknown) million 12500 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.6 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce RTX 2080

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Radeon RX Vega 56

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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