Review and testing of a video card for AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 laptops : Test | Specs | CPU | Config

Review and testing of a video card for AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 laptops
: Test | Specs | CPU | Config. AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 is the graphics solution built into Ryzen 5 notebook processors.

This video card is based on the Vega architecture (5th generation GCN) and has 8 CUs (512 out of 704 shaders). In terms of the number of shader units, Vega 8 matches the Radeon RX 540 (in addition, the architecture has been improved). However, the lack of fast memory reduces the bandwidth to just 12 GB / s, and the base GPU frequency is only 300 MHz to 1.1 GHz in Boost mode.

In the structure of the video core of the Radeon Vega 8, there are 512 ALUs, 32 texture and 16 raster modules. The peak performance of the video card reaches 1126 GFLOPS. AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 is also guaranteed to support DirectX 12 with feature level 12_1, OpenGL 4.6, Open CL 2.0 and Vulkan 1.0. Vulkan 1.1 was released in March and should be supported as well. This video card does not have its own video memory, so the system is used, at the moment the maximum amount of memory taken from RAM can be 2 gigabytes, which corresponds to inexpensive discrete video cards. The performance of Vega 8 will be between the discrete graphics cards MX130 and MX150 – that is, we are talking about a very inexpensive and simple solution that will only be architecturally in the same family as the flagship Vega solutions.

AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 is not fully suitable for simple office work, it will also cope with multimedia tasks, since it is able to play video in any current resolution (even 4K at 60 fps).

Specifications

CPU
Vega Raven Ridge
Technical process
14 n.m.
GPU frequency MHz
300 MHz (Base) – 1100 MHz (Boost)
Stream Processors (Shading Units)
512
Texture Units (TMUs)
32
Raster Operations Pipelines (ROPs)
16
Memory type
systemic

Synthetic tests

3DMark

3DMark Fire Strike is a beautiful and popular application with DirectX 11 API support for testing computers with high-performance gaming graphics cards in the Windows environment. 3DMark Fire Strike results help you evaluate the comparative performance of a video card and its suitability for the most demanding PC games.

3DMark – Fire Strike Graphics 1920×1080


Nvidia GeForce MX150 (Intel Core i5-8250U)

3739

AMD Radeon RX Vega 11 (AMD Ryzen 5 2400G)

3599

Nvidia GeForce MX130 (Intel Core i5-8250U)

2445

AMD Radeon RX Vega 10 (AMD Ryzen 7 2700U)

2469

AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (AMD Ryzen 3 2200G)

2036

Nvidia GeForce MX110 (Intel Core i5-8250U)

1732

AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (AMD Ryzen 3 2300U)

1506

UHD Intel Graphics 630 (Intel Core i7-8086K)

1439

AMD Radeon RX Vega 3 (AMD Ryzen 3 3200U)

1301


Literally FPS stands for “Frame per second”, or frames per second. Accordingly, the larger this number, the smoother the picture will be on the display during the game. How much FPS is needed for a comfortable game? It is difficult to unequivocally answer this question, if only because in different game engines with the same number of frames per second, the image quality can be different. However, there is a widespread belief that 30 FPS will be enough for a smooth game.

In gaming applications, the eight is not far behind the older Vega 11 model, by about 5-15 percent (depending on the specific game). Competitors from Intel, Vega 8 consistently bypasses in all games and does not leave them any chance. This graphics card can provide smooth gameplay in games like The Division 2, Far Cry New Dawn at 720p display resolution and low details. Next, we tested the RX Vega 8 in popular games at medium and low graphics settings at a resolution of 1280×720 and 1920×1080 pixels, based on 60 frames per second (FPS).


Less than 25FPS

Low frame rate

25-30FPS

Average Framerate

30 FPS and more

Comfortable frame rate


Display resolution: 1280×720 pixels. Graphics Settings: Low


60FPS

Metro Exodus

26FPS43%

Far Cry New Dawn

37FPS61%

Just Cause 4

30FPS50%

Battlefield V

62FPS100%

Call of Duty Black Ops 4

60FPS100%

Dirt Rally 2.0

99FPS100%

Display resolution: 1920×1080 pixels. Graphics Settings: Medium


60FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

17FPS28%

Darksiders III

22FPS36%

Assassin´s Creed Odyssey

18FPS30%

Fortnite

62FPS100%

The Witcher 3

18FPS30%

Apex Legends

28FPS46%