AMD Vega Showcased, Outperforms Nvidia GTX 1080 And Tesla P100
AMD Vega has been a long time coming but now we have something to go by that is straight from AMD. AMD demoed AMD Vega and it was something to see. Two systems featuring the AMD Vega GPUs were on display, one had the MI25 enterprise accelerator while the other PC had a consumer AMD Vega GPU. While the MI25 was able to beat the Tesla P100 the consumer level GPU managed to beat an overclocked GTX 1080.
MI25 graphics accelerator featured 16 GB of HBM2. The consumer AMD Vega GPU comprised of 8GB of HBM2 but AMD was very secretive regarding what the GPU looked like. In order to keep things secret, the fans and outlets were tapped off and this could in fact question the thermals of the system.
Some would say that this could cause the GPU to throttle and not work at its best.
It should be noted that for this demo no AMD Vega optimized drivers were being used so I am sure that if proper driver support is implemented and the GPU gets proper airflow you will be able to get even more out of the consumer AMD Vega GPU. Having said that I am sure AMD will be able to squeeze some more power out of the GPU before it hits the market.
This GPU managed to beat the GTX 1080 at running Doom with the Vulkan API even though we know that the API favors AMD GPUs, this is still very impressive. It has been confirmed that the consumer version of AMD Vega will feature 8GB HBM2.
It has also been slipped that it will feature 512GB/s of memory bandwidth. We still do not know how many stream processors the upcoming GPU will have and this is something that many want to know.
We might be able to see this GPU at the New Horizon event, so stay tuned for that.