AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 vs NVIDIA Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5)

General info

Comparison of Radeon RX Vega 8 and Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5) architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Architecture
Vega
 
Maxwell
Code name
Vega Raven Ridge
 
Surface Book
Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Release date
26 October 2017
 
1 October 2015

Technical specs

Radeon RX Vega 8 and Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5)'s general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon RX Vega 8 and Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5)'s performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
512
 
384
Core clock speed
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954 MHz
Boost Clock
1200 MHz
 
993 MHz
Manufacturing process technology
14 nm
 
28 nm

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon RX Vega 8 and Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5): 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
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GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
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1 GB
Memory bus width
no data
 
64 Bit
Memory clock speed
no data
 
5012 MHz
Shared memory
-
 
-

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by Radeon RX Vega 8 and Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5). You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
GPU Boost
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+
Optimus
-
 
+
CUDA
-
 
+
GeForce Experience
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+

API support

APIs supported by Radeon RX Vega 8 and Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5), sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX 12_1
 
DirectX 12 (FL 11_0), Shader 5.0

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Radeon RX Vega 8 and Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5). Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

RX Vega 8 8.01
Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5) 10.47 +30.7%

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

RX Vega 8 113147
Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5) 123411 +9.1%

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

RX Vega 8 15148 +33.1%
Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5) 11380

3DMark Fire Strike Score

RX Vega 8 2142 +11.6%
Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5) 1919

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

RX Vega 8 2332 +12.3%
Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5) 2076

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

RX Vega 8 3535 +37.2%
Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5) 2577

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Radeon RX Vega 8 and Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5) are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

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)

Advantages of NVIDIA Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5)

30.7% faster 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

So, RX Vega 8 or Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5)?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends NVIDIA Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5).
Should you still have questions on choice between Radeon RX Vega 8 and Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5), ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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