The AMD Radeon RX 490 and NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti are the two most awaited upcoming chips. There are no official information coming from both companies yet, but the swirling rumors have already painted a pretty good picture of what gamers can expect.
The AMD Radeon RX 490 May Sport A New Architecture
It is rumored that the AMD Radeon RX 490 may be based on a new architecture by the chip maker. So far, the latest chips that have been released were still based on the Polaris 10 GPU. The most recent one, the RX 480, was made out of the most powerful configuration of the said GPU, WCCFTech confirmed.
This corroborates rumors that the Polaris 10 GPU cannot be used further, Vega 10 is taking its place. This would enable the AMD Radeon RX 490 to perform better than its predecessor. According to the report, the new chip with the new architecture might have 12 teraflops and 16GB HBM2 memory on a 4,906bit bus.
The AMD Radeon RX 490 should also have a base clock of 1,200 MHz,according to Videocardz. It is unknown how much the boost clock is going to be.
How Does The NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti Compare?
The NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti, on the other hand, is based on the Pascal architecture that was introduced earlier this year. The upcoming chip is an improved of the GTX 1080, which was the first chip to be based on Pascal.
Though there is only an expected 10 teraflops of power, the GTX 1080 Ti makes up for it in the base clock, which is at 1,607 MHz. It can be boosted to 1,733 MHz. Its memory is a 12GB GDDR5X on a 320bit bus.
These are only paper specs and still unconfirmed. As such, there is no clear winner yet. It is unknown how the two will perform in actual since they have not been released yet.
It is said that the AMD Radeon RX 490 is arriving as soon as next month while the NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti has an expected early 2017 launch. Pricing is unavailable at this point, but the latter is rumored to be coming with a $700 to $800 price tag.