NVIDIA Maxwell GPU Surface Book vs AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
Comparison of Maxwell GPU Surface Book and Radeon RX Vega 8 architecture, market type and release date.
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.
Core clock speed
Manufacturing process technology
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.
Maximum RAM amount
Memory bus width
Memory clock speed
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.
APIs supported by Maxwell GPU Surface Book and Radeon RX Vega 8, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX 12 (FL 11_0), Shader 5.0
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%
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)
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)
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.