New entry in Ashes of the Singularity benchmarks shows up, pointing to the upcoming RX 490 from AMD; GTX 1080 performance-level
Reports have been rife with rumors of an AMD RX 490. The elusive graphics card is still not officially announced. But all that is set to change in the coming weeks, as many expect Team Red to declare its top dog to compete with NVIDIA’s GTX 1080.
And as an appetizer, we saw today what is largely believed to be performance numbers for the RX 490. As some of you might know, Ashes of the Singularity has a benchmarks database. This database stores every benchmark run in the game. Earlier today, a new benchmark, with an unnamed GPU, popped up on the database. It triggered alarm bells instantly. Interestingly yet, the GPU was able to perform fairly close to the GTX 1080.
Now, let us put on our thinking hats. None of AMD’s GPUs comes close to the GTX 1080. At least none which is already not in the database. The GTX 1080 has a score of 8,500. This new benchmark had 8,400; just shy of the GTX 1080. And with widespread rumors of the RX 490’s imminent release, there is only one candidate for this new GPU.
|Specifications||Fury Pro||RX 580||RX 490||RX 480|
|GPU||Vega 10||Vega 11||Dual-Polaris 10?||Polaris 10|
|Peak Compute||12 TFLOPs||7 TFLOPs||11.6 TFLOPs?||5.8 TFLOPs|
|VRAM||16 GB HBM2||8 GB HBM2||?||8 GB G5|
|Memory Bus Width||2048-bit||1024-bit||>256-bit||256-bit|
|Release||Q4 2016?||Q1 2017?||December 2016||June 2016|
While we appreciate such tidings, AMD sure is taking its sweet time with the card. Ever since the announcement of the GTX 1080 back in May, fans have been waiting for AMD to answer. And though the RX 480 was a solid offering, it was far from an enthusiast’s choice. Since then, NVIDIA has continued to pile up the pressure on AMD with the launch of Titan X. It’s about time AMD made a response.
One thing’s for sure: at least now we know that the RX 490 will compete in the 4K space. Let’s hope AMD brings an end to this painfully long wait, and release the card within a few weeks.