While it has been great going for AMD in the CPU side of things, they haven’t been doing much in the GPU section. We did a report on the upcoming RX 590, but specifications wise it seems to be more of a refresh. But now we have exciting news for everyone who is expecting something from the RED team.
VideoCardz just reported about a Final Fantasy XV benchmark with an unannounced Vega card in it. The benchmark shows the card listed as “66AF:C1“, which according to VideoCardz hints at a potential Vega release.
The numbers are very exciting, it sits between the GTX 1080 and the 1070ti. The GTX 1080 is a very strong performer, even two years after release, so the upcoming Vega card seems to be no slouch. The benchmark above is in 4K, so it should have abundant VRAM given how well it seems to keep up with the GTX 1080.
The gap widens between the GTX 1080 and the Vega 20 in 2K resolution, but its still in the same position.
With Lite settings, the Vega 20 again seems to match the GTX 1080. This is probably due to some Nvidia optimized settings being switched off in Lite quality.
AMD has confirmed that a 7nm Vega Instinct card is coming this year, but they haven’t confirmed anything about a gaming card. Maybe AMD is waiting for Nvidia to release the GTX 2060 and GTX 2050.
If this turns out to be a gaming card, it’s definitely going to compete with GTX 2060 or the RTX 2070. The card’s performance in the benchmark is very similar to that of the GTX 1080.
Right now, the RTX 2070 only edges past the GTX 1080 by a 5% to 10% margin. So if AMD prices this card competitively, it can become a serious contender to the RTX 2070. Obviously, it won’t have the RTX lighting feature, but this can be a blessing in disguise as the tensor cores in the RTX 2070 are very expensive to produce, so AMD can undercut Nvidia further in price to performance ratios.
But as we state with every leak, take this information with a grain of salt. The numbers seem believable, but it’s not hard to make fake benchmark results. The Vega 20 is supposed to be a server card without any display connectors, so it might be a different AMD card under testing. In the 4K high-quality results, the GTX 1080 is listed twice, with one of them scoring below the GTX 1070ti. This might be results from two different versions of the card, but it seems very unlikely that any version of the GTX 1080 would score lower than the GTX 1070ti. With the current prices on the RTX GPUs, gamers can really use a new launch from AMD.