1 Reason NVIDIA Investors Need to Worry

Discussion created by kingfish on Dec 11, 2016
Latest reply on Dec 11, 2016 by goodplay

The launch of the Vega might prove to be a masterstroke for AMD as it has upgraded its GPU architecture in less than a year from the Polaris, which was launched in June this year. By accelerating its product road map, AMD will have the latest offering as compared to NVIDIA's Pascal architecture, which was launched in the second quarter this year.


Can Vega blow NVIDIA away?

AMD's Vega 10 GPU will be equipped with second-generation high-bandwidth memory, or HBM2. The deployment of the HBM2 should ideally help AMD's high-performance RAM to clock a higher bandwidth and consume less power at the same time as compared to NVIDIA's cards.

In fact, it is estimated that the Vega 10 GPU will offer bandwidth of up to 1,024 gigabytes per second, which is much higher than the 320 gigabytes per second delivered by NVIDIA's GTX 1080 card. Thus, AMD's latest-generation GPUs are expected to exceed the bandwidth of NVIDIA's flagship GPU by a really big margin, allowing the card to deliver a better VRAM performance.

This number is important to the gaming community since a higher GPU bandwidth will render higher-quality images more quickly and efficiently as compared to lower bandwidths. This is where AMD will get a leg up on NVIDIA among gamers as its GPU will allow users to tap the potential of graphic-intensive games in a better way due to improved tech specs.

Another area where the Vega will trump NVIDIA's GTX 1080 is in terms of teraflops. The higher the number of teraflops in a GPU, the more the computing power . As a result, the presence of more teraflops in a system will enable the creation of a more complex gaming universe that will be richer in detail and experience.

In fact, the Vega GPU is expected to clock 12 teraflops of performance as compared to the GTX 1080's 10.8 teraflops. Thus, AMD's next-generation GPU could blow away NVIDIA in terms of performance, and if priced right, it could continue to take market share away from the leader.

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