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AMD Radeon RX Vega 9 performs on par with the RX 550X in Geekbench with an 8% lead over the NVIDIA GeForce MX230

The RX Vega 9 should debut in the Ryzen 5 3550U. (Image source: AMD)
The RX Vega 9 should debut in the Ryzen 5 3550U. (Image source: AMD)
It has been a few months since there were rumblings online about AMD integrating a new Radeon RX Vega GPU on an upcoming Ryzen 3000 series APU. Now, reliable leaker @TUM_APISAK has spotted a Geekbench listing confirming the existence of an RX Vega 8 with 9 compute units, ergo an RX Vega 9. The upcoming integrated GPU looks mighty powerful, with it even having an edge of some dedicated cards.

A few months have passed since resident leaker @TUM_APISAK mentioned the possibility of AMD releasing a Vega 9 GPU, although their tweet was devoid of any detail. However, they have now backed up their previous tweet with a link to a Geekbench listing that seemingly confirms their initial speculation. We are exercising some caution here as the GPU identifies as an RX Vega 8, although not one as we currently know it.

AMD names its integrated RX Vega GPUs by the number of compute units (CU) they have, with the RX Vega 8 and RX Vega 10 having 8 and 10 CUs respectively. However, the RX Vega 8 in the Geekbench listing tweeted by @TUM_APISAK has 9 CUs, which does not currently fit with AMD's RX Vega nomenclature. This appears to be more than a misreporting GPU too, as it achieves a 20% higher OpenCL score in Geekbench than a regular RX Vega 8 does. Geekbench also reports that the GPU has a 1.3 GHz boost clock, which is 200 MHz higher than that of the RX Vega 8 and on the same level as the RX Vega 10.

Hence, it appears that AMD has an RX Vega 9 on the cards after all, unless it plans to confuse matters and market two GPUs as the RX Vega 8. Moral and legal questions aside, NVIDIA regularly does this with its GPUs, with the 1D12 and 1D10 versions of the GeForce MX150 being prime examples of this tactic.

Either way, the RX Vega 9, or RX Vega 8 with 9 CUs, outscores the GeForce MX230 and even the Radeon RX 550X in the same benchmark, underlining its excellent performance for an integrated GPU. This does not necessarily mean that the RX Vega 9 will outperform these dedicated GPUs in all benchmarks and games, but it is good to see AMD continuing to move the integrated GPU market onwards.

(Image source: Geekbench via @TUM_APISAK)
(Image source: Geekbench via @TUM_APISAK)

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Alex Alderson, 2019-08-15 (Update: 2019-08-16)
Alex Alderson
Alex Alderson - News Editor
I got my first smartphone aged 11, my first PC aged 12 and I have been tinkering with electronics ever since. I like to keep abreast of the latest news and technology, which inevitably leads me to switch my laptop and phone every few months. When I'm not writing for Notebookcheck, you will find me seeking out new coffee shops, bars and trying to find some hidden gems in record stores.