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AMD's RX Vega 64 is 20 percent faster than the GTX 1080 in DX12

AMD RX Vega 56 and Vega 64 vs. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 (Source: OC3D)
AMD RX Vega 56 and Vega 64 vs. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 (Source: OC3D)
Futuremark's brand-new VRMark Cyan Room benchmark arrived earlier today and the first set of interesting results is already available. According to AMD's own tests that were conducted using this DirectX 12 benchmarking tool, the RX Vega 64 is 20 percent faster than the GeForce GTX 1080.

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All gamers who are into VR games should take a closer look at the results achieved by two of AMD's and NVIDIA's top graphics cards in Futuremark's VRMark Cyan Room benchmarking tool because the results might surprise them. After the initial shock, they might also change their mind and buy the RX Vega 56/64 instead of the GeForce GTX 1080 (or even the more expensive GeForce GTX 1080 Ti).

According to AMD's charts published earlier today by Overclock3D, the Vega RX 64 and the slightly less potent RX Vega 56 are both faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 by NVIDIA. The two charts reveal the Cyan Room scores in points and frames per second. These are the first four cards in the list and their results:

  • Radeon RX Vega 64 - 7776 points and 170 fps
  • Radeon RX Vega 56 - 7437 points and 162 fps
  • GeForce GTX 1080 - 6437 points and 140 fps
  • GeForce GTX 1070 Ti - 5950 points and 130 fps

In addition to the cards above, the charts also list two popular cards that have been selling really well in the past few months. However, their results are far from impressive - 4721 points and 103 fps for the Radeon RX 580 and only 3764 points/82 fps for the GeForce GTX 1060.

It will be very interesting to see the results achieved by NVIDIA as well, not to mention those obtained by the gamers with mid-range processors and powerful video cards. For the scenario mentioned above, AMD used a Ryzen 7 1800X processor and 16 GB of 2933 MHz memory.

The next few driver updates from both AMD and NVIDIA should make things clear for those looking to get a new video card for VR gaming. In terms of pricing, the AMD RX Vega 64 is usually about 15 to 20 percent more expensive than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080. However, even the cheaper RX Vega 56 is noticeably faster than the similarly priced GeForce GTX 1080 (both available starting around US$500).

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Codrut Nistor, 2017-11-23 (Update: 2017-11-23)
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Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.