Radeon RX Vega 64: 23% more powerful than the GTX 1080 Ti in Forza 7

It seems that AMD’s new flagship, the Radeon RX Vega 64, is starting to catch a break after all the harsh criticism it received because of its gaming performance in comparison to the competition. After some graphics performance tests were run on the new Forza Motorsport 7, AMD’s graphics card has outpaced the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti by 23%, and by 32% when compared to the GTX 1080.

The test has been done by the people at Computerbase.de with a test system including a six-core Intel Core i7-6850K with 12 threads at 4.3 GHz and 16 GB of DDR4 RAM running at 3,000 MHz in quad-channel mode. The drivers that they used were Crimson ReLive 17.9.3 for AMD and GeForce 385.69 WHQL for NVIDIA.

An interesting fact is that these tests have been run using the DirectX 12 graphics API, and in all cases 8x MSAA was used because “the game is not too demanding”. Demanding or not, the fact is that AMD’s graphics cards have managed to get a pretty big advantage over NVIDIA’s cards (in every price range) in this game. However, this only happens at 1,920 x 1,080 and 2,560 x 1,440 pixels resolutions, as NVIDIA’s cards take over once again at Ultra HD resolutions. You can see it in the following graphs taken from the original source.

Radeon RX Vega 64

Radeon RX Vega 64

Radeon RX Vega 64

If you look closely, you will see that the advantage that Radeon RX Vega 64 has is in terms of both average and low FPS, which is something that we appreciate because it means that there will be no huge FPS drops. In any case, there is one more thing to take into account: DirectX 12 is designed for scenarios where the processor acts a limiter, but in this test it does not seem to be the case with the high-end Core i7 that they used. However, it seems that AMD’s graphics cards have taken a clear advantage of it, as even the RX 580 cards have higher minimum FPS than NVIDIA’s GTX 1080 Ti cards.