AMD RX Vega 64 is 21% faster than GTX 1080 in Shadow of War

Shadow of War benchmarks

AMD has done it again. After beating the top-end Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti in Forza 7 DX12, the RX Vega is now giving its GeForce rivals trouble in Shadow of War. The benchmarks, which come from our German colleagues at ComputerBase, show the RX Vega 64 surpassing the GTX 1080 by up to 21% at 4K.

Shadow of War GPU Benchmarks: Both RX Vega 64 and 56 Ahead of GTX 1080 At 4K

The test bench included an Intel Core i7-6850K overclocked to 4.3 GHz, paired with 16 GB of DDR4 memory running at 3000 MHz in quad-channel mode. The drivers used were the Crimson ReLive 17.10.1 for AMD and the GeForce 387.92 for Nvidia, both optimized for Shadow of the War.

Since Shadow of War is a demanding game on the PC, Ultra preset and High texture quality are used only in standard HD (1920 x 1080). For 2560 x 1440, preset is set to Very High while it is switched to High at 4K.

Furthermore, AMD’s High Bandwidth Cache Controller (HBCC) remained turned off in all tests, so it’s all straight GPU and memory interface performance.

Moving to benchmarks, the RX Vega 64 is consistently out in front of the GTX 1080. It outperforms the GeForce card by just 9% at 1080p and 1440p, but the lead is stretched to a hefty 21% when the resolution is upped to 4K. What’s more interesting, even the younger RX Vega 56 has the 1080 beat at 4K.

Shadow of War benchmarks 1080p - AMD vs Nvidia

Shadow of War benchmarks 1440p - AMD vs Nvidia

Shadow of War benchmarks 4K - AMD vs Nvidia

The results are impressive for AMD, especially when we consider the flagship GeForce card is generally ahead of both Vegas by more than 30%. This also highlights how well the Vega GPU architecture is designed to deal with such memory-intensive titles.

AMD RX Vega - Classic 'fine wine' approach

The Radeon RX Vega is indeed turning out to be a bit of an AMD vintage. It didn’t look exactly impressive at launch, but the performance seems to be improving gradually as the time goes on.

Hopefully, we will be seeing more examples of their classic ‘fine wine’ approach in the near future. If all works out for AMD, and performance continues on an upswing, Nvidia may be forced to push forward the launch of their next-generation Volta GPUs built using the 12nm process.