NVIDIA Pascal GTX 1080 Ti vs. AMD Vega Radeon RX 490

By Jeff Harris, Posted: 01/10/17 09:09PM EST

This year marks another chapter for graphics card in terms of revolutionary changes. With AMD releasing a new generation of GPU architecture called Vega, packed with new technologies along with the integration of the second generation High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2), tech analysts are asking whether NVIDIA's 'GeForce GTX 1080 Ti' will be able to compete head on with it.

AMD 'Radeon RX 490'

As earlier revealed, AMD will integrate new features and GPU advancements on Vega, which will come in three variants: the consumer graphics card Radeon and two professional graphics cards FirePro WX and Instinct. But while there is no specific graphics card yet revealed on Radeon, numerous reports point to the one graphics card remaining on Radeon 400 Series, the RX 490.

Numerous reports about 'Radeon RX 490' have surfaced since the middle of 2016, with sightings of its name shown on many AMD partner websites. However, AMD has kept mum about 'Radeon RX 490', even during the recent Consumer Electronics Shows (CES) 2017 held in Las Vegas, NV.

With all the reports about 'Radeon RX 490', VideoCardz.com compiled the graphic card's specifications. Based on Vega 10 architecture, 'Radeon RX 490' is reportedly integrated with 8GB HBM2, reaching 4096-bit and 512GB/s memory bus width and bandwidth, respectively. Base clock is set at 1,550MHz with Effective Memory Clock at 250 (1000) MHz and Computing Power (based on FP32) at 12,698 GFLOPS.

NVIDIA 'GeForce GTX 1080 Ti'

Meanwhile, NVIDIA's 'GeForce GTX 1080 Ti' already has an introductory date and venue. As reported recently by The Tech Buyer's Guru, 'GeForce GTX 1080 Ti' will be coming in Boston at PAX East 2017, which will commence on March 10, 2017. The same report also revealed that 'GeForce GTX 1080 Ti' will be available on all board partners at launch.

But while AMD is making a full blast this year, NVIDIA will rely heavily on 'GeForce GTX 1080 Ti'. This is due to the fact that NVIDIA's next generation GPU called Volta is not ready until 2018. By then, AMD is said to have 7nm technology node.

So what are the specifications people could expect of NVIDIA's sole graphics card for 2017? Based on Titan X 16nm GP102, 'GeForce GTX 1080 Ti' is said to have Base Clock of 1607MHz and Boost Clock of up to 1733MHz with Effective Memory Clock at 1250MHz and Computing Power (based on FP32) set at 10,696 GFLOPS. For the memory, 'GeForce GTX 1080 Ti' is said to have a Memory Size of 10GB GDDR5X, Memory Bus Width of 320-bit and Memory Bandwidth of up to 400GB/s.

But is it enough to match AMD's consumer-targeted Radeon graphic cards which will kick off with 'Radeon RX 490'? How about AMD's Radeon 500 Series graphic cards?

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