NVIDIA Maxwell GPU Surface Book vs AMD Radeon RX Vega 8

NVIDIA Maxwell GPU Surface Book
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8

General info

Comparison of Maxwell GPU Surface Book and Radeon RX Vega 8 architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Architecture
Maxwell
 
Vega
Code name
Surface Book
 
Vega Raven Ridge
Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Release date
1 October 2015
 
26 October 2017

Technical specs

Maxwell GPU Surface Book and Radeon RX Vega 8's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Maxwell GPU Surface Book and Radeon RX Vega 8's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
384
 
512
Core clock speed
954 MHz
 
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Boost Clock
993 MHz
 
1200 MHz
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
14 nm

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Maxwell GPU Surface Book and Radeon RX Vega 8: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.
Memory type
GDDR5
 
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Maximum RAM amount
1 GB
 
no data
Memory bus width
64 Bit
 
no data
Memory clock speed
5012 MHz
 
no data
Shared memory
-
 
-

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by Maxwell GPU Surface Book and Radeon RX Vega 8. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
GPU Boost
+
 
no data
Optimus
+
 
-
CUDA
+
 
-
GeForce Experience
+
 
no data

API support

APIs supported by Maxwell GPU Surface Book and Radeon RX Vega 8, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX 12 (FL 11_0), Shader 5.0
 
DirectX 12_1

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Maxwell GPU Surface Book and Radeon RX Vega 8. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

Maxwell GPU Surface Book 4.40 +71.9%
RX Vega 8 2.56

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

Maxwell GPU Surface Book 123411 +9.1%
RX Vega 8 113147

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

Maxwell GPU Surface Book 11380
RX Vega 8 14724 +29.4%

3DMark Fire Strike Score

Maxwell GPU Surface Book 1919
RX Vega 8 2132 +11.1%

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Maxwell GPU Surface Book 2076
RX Vega 8 2319 +11.7%

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

Maxwell GPU Surface Book 2577
RX Vega 8 3535 +37.2%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Maxwell GPU Surface Book and Radeon RX Vega 8 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA Maxwell GPU Surface Book

71.9% faster (about 1.5 times) in synthetic tests
GPU Boost 2.0 (increases NVIDIA GPU voltage and frequency when there's a temperature headroom. Similar to AMD PowerTune)
Optimus (lowers energy usage by automatically switching between integrated and discrete NVIDIA GPU. Similar to AMD Enduro)
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)
CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture - an API for video card computing power usage in tasks different from 3D graphics processing. Can be used for physics simulation for instance)
GeForce Experience (software suite built to manage NVIDIA GPU parameters, and to record and stream game video)
Optimus Support

Advantages of AMD Radeon RX Vega 8

Much newer (26 October 2017 vs 1 October 2015)
More pipelines (512 vs 384)
Finer manufacturing process technology (14 vs 28 nm)
Tiled Rasterization
Shared Memory (up to Dual-Channel DDR4-2400)

So, Maxwell GPU Surface Book or RX Vega 8?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends NVIDIA Maxwell GPU Surface Book.
Should you still have questions on choice between Maxwell GPU Surface Book and Radeon RX Vega 8, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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