GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of RX Vega 56 vs 1070 among all GPUs

Gaming

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more

Graphics

T-Rex, Manhattan, Cloud Gate Factor, Sky Diver Factor and 1 more

Computing

Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Noise and Power

TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon RX Vega 56

Reasons to consider the
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56

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Significantly better floating-point performance 10,544 GFLOPS vs 5,783 GFLOPS More than 80% better floating-point performance
Significantly higher memory bandwidth 409.6 GB/s vs 256.3 GB/s Around 60% higher memory bandwidth
Significantly higher texture rate 329.5 GTexel/s vs 180.7 GTexel/s More than 80% higher texture rate
Much wider memory bus 2,048 bit vs 256 bit 8x wider memory bus
Significantly more shading units 3,584 vs 1,920 1664 more shading units
Significantly more texture mapping units 224 vs 120 104 more texture mapping units
Front view of GeForce GTX 1070

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Much higher effective memory clock speed 8,008 MHz vs 1,600 MHz More than 5x higher effective memory clock speed
Significantly higher clock speed 1,506 MHz vs 1,156 MHz More than 30% higher clock speed
Much higher memory clock speed 2,002 MHz vs 800 MHz More than 2.5x higher memory clock speed
Higher turbo clock speed 1,683 MHz vs 1,471 MHz Around 15% higher turbo clock speed
Better ocean surface simulation score 2,378.31 frames/s vs 1,773.66 frames/s Around 35% better ocean surface simulation score
Lower TDP 150W vs 210W Around 30% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon RX Vega 56 vs GeForce GTX 1070

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX Vega 56
1,108.39 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 1070
686.67 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX Vega 56
183.78 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 1070
150.58 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX Vega 56
1,773.66 frames/s
GeForce GTX 1070
2,378.31 frames/s

Particle simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX Vega 56
1,086.94 mInteraction/s
GeForce GTX 1070
1,622.67 mInteraction/s

T-Rex (Compubench 1.5) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX Vega 56
12.8 frames/s
GeForce GTX 1070
12.8 frames/s

Video composition Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX Vega 56
110.37 frames/s
GeForce GTX 1070
139.79 frames/s

Comments

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Everyone talking about gaming performance, when it comes to content creation, Rendering and stuff. Vega destroys 1070.
"memory compression" not bandwidth or speed. Alex is referring to the tech used to store and transfer information to memory. the tech nvidia has that they developed for Maxwell is far more efficient than what AMD has. Allowing nvidia to use the memory and bandwidth more effectively than AMD which is one of the reasons why the performance between these cards is similar despite the Vega looking far more superior on paper and using much more power. remember that HBM also uses less power than GDDR5 and the 1070 is still more efficient.
Why tests vega56 vs gtx1080ti? It is very interesting to compare them )
You know that these are benched cards from before proper drivers. Technically prerelease versions. Specs can change before release or within manufacturing quarter. Memory software sucks so compression would slow a card down Schwarzenbach. Nvidia usually uses faster memory than their target card. Cooling efficiency is not about looks, it is materials used in the heat sink like copper transfer plate to high grade aluminum would be best, but the aluminum would be too costly. Most heat-sinks are made of mid to high-mid grade aluminum. The exterior cover is to direct air through the aluminum fins, slight ridges in the aluminum fins would help cool better than most flat fins too. AMD is very slow at maturing drivers, but usually makes the chips age far slower than Nvidia drivers or chips. Will be interesting as the R9 chip drivers are still not fully mature. Somewhat like Microsoft does with Windows without dropping support till fully matured. Nvidia makes too many design changes to do anything close without screwing up some added feature in their newer cards. Over all, who cares as long as it does what you want. Both companies make great cards. Nvidia has the speed and uses cheap and easy programmable stencil filler instead of a more realistic cut pixelation generator that is harder to program fast. These differences show up when blowing up the frame to max then zooming it in. Ether the Nvidia stops short or start looking pretty bad in comparison to AMD Radeon of the closest generation and value point. Probably the reason AMD takes much longer to mature as well. Sometimes the programmers look for stability over performance when there is a deadline. Just something to think about.
Are you stupid or what? Vega has a 2048 bit memory bus, the 1070 256 bit 409.6 GB/s vs 256.3 GB/s so vega has twice the effctive memory speed.
Average over 30 games the Vega 56 is the clear winner, doesn't matter which one is better for DX11 or DX12 outside of "future proofing" in which case vega 56 will only get better.
nvidia has way better memory compression, meaning higher effective memory bandwidth. AMD needs to step up their memory compression and we'd see the pixel rate skyrocket on the Vega 56
The stock cooler for nvidia's cards are way better which allow better thermals and performance. It will be interesting to see how much of a jump vega 56 gets once AIB cards start to show up. May even make the Vega 64 pointless.
Funny, reading this comparison it seems like the Vega 56 should completely destroy the GTX 1070. However when checking actual game benchmarks they are fairly similar. The Vega 56 might gain a lead once the drivers get better optimized. At the moment the GTX 1070 has the edge in DX11 titles while the Vega 56 gets the upper hand in DX12 and Vulkan.
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