AMD Vega 10 Fire Strike Benchmark Results Spotted
Samuel Wan / 2 weeks ago
AMD is set to unveil in their new Vega GPUs over the next couple of weeks. After breaking up their flagship cycle with Polaris 10, the new Vega 10 based graphics cards mark a return to the high end. So far, we’ve seen a number of leaks and reports come out but we now have the first 3DMark result. Device ID 687F:C1 or Vega 10, pops up in the latest 3DMark Fire Strike benchmark listing.
Vega GPUs will utilise AMD’s latest Next Gen Compute Unit as well as other architectural improvements. Vega 10, in particular, is expected to feature 4,096 stream processors just like its Fiji predecessor. The graphics tested featured 8GB of VRAM clocked at 700 MHz and a core clock of 1200 MHz. Compared to the RX 500 cards, this is quite modest but it can be chalked up to the new architecture and the massive size of the chip.
Vega 10 3DMark Fire Strike Result
Running at these modest speeds, Vega 10 manages to score 17801 graphics points. This places the card between the R9 Fury X and the GTX 1070 and on par with the Titan X Maxwell. AMD used the same device ID 687F:C1 in their previous demos as well so we can keep those results in mind as well.
While the results appear disappointing, there is a lot of room for optimism. First up, the low clock speed goes against everything we know about Vega 10. AMD’s MI25 card which is also based on Vega features about 1500 MHz clocks. Consumer Vega 10 should match that at the very least, especially since it will have better cooling. Secondly, the NCU used in Vega is also tuned for higher clock speeds compared to Polaris.
Given all of this information, the sample being tested here is likely an early engineering sample. Rumours and reports have pointed to a GTX 1080 contender. Once the clock speed is pushed up an additional 20-30% compared to this sample, Vega 10 should not have problems matching the GTX 1080 at the very least.