AMD may have surrendered the very highest end of the graphics card market to Nvidia (its Radeon RX Vega 64 competing with the GeForce GTX 1080) but it looks as if it won’t be that way for long. AMD reportedly has a dual-GPU Radeon RX Vega graphics card in the works, providing a mammoth 25 TFLOPs of FP32 compute performance, versus the 11.3 TFLOPs achieved by a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.
WCCFTech alleges that a source within ASUS has confirmed that the AIB partner is currently working on a custom variant of AMD’s upcoming dual Vega GPU graphics card. It contains a pair of Vega 10 GPUs, providing 25 TFLOPs of single-precision compute performance and 50 TFLOPs of half-precision compute performance. It is, as expected, a bit of a power guzzler. It’s got liquid cooling and has an average TDP of 600W.
Radeon RX Vega 64 X2
Radeon RX Vega 64
Liquid Cooled Edition
Peak SP Performance
High Bandwidth Cache (HMB2)
If true then the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 X2 would be the most powerful and power hungry gaming graphics card on the market. On paper, it would thump the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, but it will predictably cost an absolute bucketload. A single-GPU liquid-cooled AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 costs $599, so it’s reasonable to expect the dual-GPU Vega is somewhere in the region of $1200.
Should AMD want to tempt folks into picking this up rather than a pair of RX Vega 64 graphics cards, then a sub $1200 price could well be on the cards. Anything more than that and the value proposition begins to drop substantially, while anything less may be enough to start getting Nvidia worried. However, for now, Team Green is fairly comfortably at that $700-800 price point.
AMD seems intent on securing the performance crown at any cost. Are the sky-high TDP and inevitable pricing just too much? Or can you see enthusiast gamers jumping ship from the GTX 1080 Ti in order to have the best possible performance? Let us know!