AMD is set to give its next generation Radeon RX Vega a tour before it officially launches the GPU at the end of the month. Yesterday, the company made its first stop at Akvárium Klub in Budapest and let the community members test out the RX Vega performance against Nvidia’s GTX 1080.
The event itself had nothing new to showcase about AMD’s upcoming graphics card. Both Radeon RX Vega (which we expect to be their flagship offering) and GTX 1080 were enclosed inside PC towers. The event-goers weren’t allowed to even catch a glimpse of the piece of AMD hardware that was coupled with a Ryzen 7 CPU.
Both cards were running DICE’s Battlefield 1 on a resolution of 3440×1440. The monitors being used to play title were probably from Asus (due to its partnership with AMD in the event), with one supporting FreeSync and the other G-Sync. But their models were covered by cloth so there was no indication which system was running which graphics card.
According to a Reddit user Szunyogg, who attended the Budapest event, one of the systems lagged slightly in one portion of the demo though there is no way to tell which system that was. Since a single GTX 1080 is capable of doing over 60 FPS (average) on 4K Ultra, I’d say that was Vega powered.
Plus, AMD not wanting attendees to be able to discern between their and their competitor’s offering doesn’t inspire me confidence. Should the RX Vega performance be better than GTX 1080, Team Red would be taking every opportunity to showcase its lead.
Things will be clear in the coming weeks, with AMD scheduled to launch the gaming RX Vega at SIGGRAPH 2017 which begins on July 30. In terms of pricing, AMD reps told the attendees that the Vega-powered system had a $300 difference in their favor.
Taking into account AMD’s stance that a FreeSync monitor tends to cost around $200 less than a comparable G-Sync monitor, the new Radeon card could be $100 cheaper than the GTX 1080 at launch. In other words, you can expect the flagship RX Vega to sell around the $500 mark.