Competition is always good, and AMD has been quite the disruptor lately. The Intel-dominated enthusiast processor market, which has been stagnant for a while in the absence of a worthy competitor, finally received a much-needed jolt when AMD launched its Ryzen series of processors for both mainstream and high-end platforms. This has in turn, forced Intel to cut prices and rethink its strategy and processor offerings for these same platforms. Consumers win.
It’s similar for graphics cards, arguably the next most important component of any computer, where NVIDIA has had the luxury of running the playground all by itself with its GeForce GTX 10-series GPUs for over a year. Now, AMD is hoping that its new flagship Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics cards can give NVIDIA’s equivalent within the price segment, the GeForce GTX 1080 a run for its money and hopefully, give cause for NVIDIA to look behind their shoulders nervously as they had done to Intel.
Will they? We shall find out from the performance results in the next couple of pages. But first, let’s look at the card.
We have already covered the specifications and pricing details of the Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics card in-depth previously, so we won’t be repeating those here. If you haven't had a chance to catch up on those matters, we encourage you to read them first. Onwards we go to reveal our performance findings on the next page!