AMD Radeon VII vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

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Value for money (0-100)
GPU code name
Vega 20
Market segment
Launch date
7 February 2019 (2 years ago)
28 February 2017 (4 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
Price now

Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
Core clock speed
1400 MHz
1481 MHz
Boost clock
1750 MHz
1600 MHz
Number of transistors
13,230 million
11,800 million
Manufacturing process technology
7 nm
16 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)
295 Watt
250 Watt
Maximum GPU temperature
no data
91 °C
Texture fill rate
Floating-point performance
no data
11,340 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

PCIe 3.0 x16
PCIe 3.0 x16
305 mm
10.5" (26.7 cm)
Recommended system power (PSU)
no data
600 Watt
Supplementary power connectors
2x 8-pin
1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
SLI options


Parameters of memory installed: 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
Maximum RAM amount
16 GB
11 GB
Memory bus width
4096 Bit
352 Bit
Memory clock speed
1000 MHz
11000 MHz
Memory bandwidth
1024 GB/s
484.4 GB/s
Shared memory
no data

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones. OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display Connectors
1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
Multi monitor support
no data
G-SYNC support


Supported technological solutions. This information will prove useful if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

GPU Boost
no data

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

12 (12_1)
12 (12_1)
Shader Model

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

Radeon VII 65.16
GTX 1080 Ti 68.58 +5.2%

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

Ice Storm Graphics is an obsolete benchmark, part of 3DMark suite. Ice Storm was used to measure entry level laptops and Windows-based tablets performance. It utilizes DirectX 11 feature level 9 to display a battle between two space fleets near a frozen planet in 1280x720 resolution. Discontinued in January 2020, it is now superseded by 3DMark Night Raid.

Radeon VII 430170 +9%
GTX 1080 Ti 394694

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.

Radeon VII 146094 +2.5%
GTX 1080 Ti 142490

3DMark Fire Strike Score

Radeon VII 22241 +13.4%
GTX 1080 Ti 19616

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Radeon VII 27449
GTX 1080 Ti 27564 +0.4%

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

Radeon VII 37881 +0.6%
GTX 1080 Ti 37672

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 sw-03

Radeon VII 87 +27.9%
GTX 1080 Ti 68

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 snx-02

Radeon VII 19 +90%
GTX 1080 Ti 10

SPECviewperf 12 - Medical

Radeon VII 52
GTX 1080 Ti 58 +11.5%

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 mediacal-01

Radeon VII 51
GTX 1080 Ti 58 +13.7%

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 maya-04

Radeon VII 110
GTX 1080 Ti 175 +59.1%

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 creo-01

Radeon VII 62 +3.3%
GTX 1080 Ti 60

SPECviewperf 12 - Catia

Radeon VII 159 +51.4%
GTX 1080 Ti 105

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 catia-04

Radeon VII 170 +61.9%
GTX 1080 Ti 105

SPECviewperf 12 - 3ds Max

This part of SPECviewperf 12 benchmark emulates work with 3DS Max, executing eleven tests in various use scenarios, including architectural modeling and animation for computer games.

Radeon VII 167 +12.8%
GTX 1080 Ti 148

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 3dsmax-05

Radeon VII 175 +18.2%
GTX 1080 Ti 148


This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

Radeon VII 17049
GTX 1080 Ti 17942 +5.2%

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon VII and GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
no data
1427 Mh/s
Decred / DCR (Decred)
no data
4.6 Gh/s
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
no data
35 Mh/s
Siacoin / SC (Sia)
no data
2.96 Gh/s
Monero / XMR (CryptoNight)
no data
0.76 kh/s
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash)
no data
630 Sol/s

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of AMD Radeon VII

Much newer (7 February 2019 vs 28 February 2017)

Cheaper ($136 vs $1029)

Wider memory bus (4096 vs 352 bit)

More pipelines (3840 vs 3584)

Higher memory bandwidth (1024 vs 484.4 GB/s)

Finer manufacturing process technology (7 vs 16 nm)

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti

5.2% better performance in benchmarks

Lower power consumption (250 vs 295 watts)

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)

G-SYNC (removes screen tearing by telling the display when to renew the image. Only works with G-SYNC compatible displays)

Vulkan (a contemporary API for graphics acceleration, based on now-discontinued Mantle)

PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)

So, VII or GTX 1080 Ti?

Technical City couldn't decide between AMD Radeon VII and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. The differences in performance seem too small.

Should you still have questions concerning choice between the reviewed GPUs, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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AMD Radeon VII
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