AMD Vega 10 GPU Graphics Card to Surpass All NVIDIA Pascal Products Including GeForce Titan X Starting with Radeon RX 490

By Jeff Villanueva, Posted: 10/19/16 07:50AM EDT

AMD is making it clear that they will not just release high performing GPUs next year. They are out to surpass what NVIDIA has been dangling these past months - the so-called powerful NVIDIA Pascal architecture led by GeForce GTX 1080 and Titan X.

During its launch towards the end of May, GeForce GTX 1080 was dubbed as 'the most advanced gaming graphics card ever created'. A little more than two months later, NVIDIA released 'the fastest, most advanced graphics card on the planet', GeForce Titan X. But those two accomplishments by NVIDIA will soon be erased when AMD released its upcoming GPU architecture, AMD Vega.

AMD Vega 10

As reported by, AMD will have four tranches in releasing Vega architecture. First will be the Vega 10 which will kick off with Radeon RX 490. According to the report, the next AMD GPU architecture will be based on the 14nm GFX9 architecture which will be incorporated with the second generation High Bandwidth Memory, commonly known as HBM2.

The first of the Vega 10 architecture which will come out on the market Q1 of 2017, the Radeon RX 490, was initially reported to have only 8GB HBM2 RAM and memory bandwidth of up to 716.8GB/s. However, on the latest report about Vega 10 GPUs, features will include 16GB of HBM2 RAM with a bandwidth of up to 512GB/s. The graphics card is expected to run at about 225W TBP.

GeForce GTX 1080 has a memory size of 8GB GDDR5X and memory bandwidth of up to 320GB/s. GeForce Titan X, on the other hand, has a memory size of 12GB GDDR5X and up to 480GB/s memory bandwidth. Telling by the numbers, Radeon RX 490 is hands down more powerful than the two leading NVIDIA graphics card.

Other Vega Architectures

After the Vega 10 architecture is released, AMD plans to release Dual Vega 10 by Q2 of 2017. There's no specific details yet of the features aside from the reported 300W TBP, but basing from the name 'Dual', it sounds pretty much promising.

There are reports that Polaris 10 will be replaced with Vega 11 though specifics have yet to be revealed. But what's getting the attention of tech analysts and reviewers is the reported AMD Vega 20.

As per the accounts of, Vega 20 will be created using 7nm GFX9 architecture. Additional features include a whopping 32GB HBM2 with up to 1TB/s of memory bandwidth. TBP is set around at a very low 150W which means resellers could integrate more cooling system. Additionally, Vega 20 will support PCI-Express 4.0.

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