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AMD’s RX Vega tour confirms it is targeting GTX 1080

In preparation for the RX Vega’s official launch at the end of this month, AMD has decided to take its latest graphics card out on a mini tour. During these small fan events, AMD is showing off the RX Vega to the public for the first time and demoing it up against a GTX 1080, essentially confirming which part of the market AMD is targeting with Vega.

AMD is taking the RX Vega out on a two-step tour, which started in Budapest yesterday. The event featured closed gaming systems and were set up for a ‘blind test’, which unfortunately means performance was only measured by perception, with no frame rate counters on display. Still, the fact that AMD is putting the RX Vega up against the GTX 1080 is very telling.

This isn’t the first time that we have heard that the RX Vega will target the GTX 1080. The most recent performance leaks for Vega put it at a 15 percent advantage over the GTX 1080 but couldn’t quite meet GTX 1080Ti levels.

During the tests at the Budapest event, AMD was showing both graphics cards running Battlefield 1 and Sniper Elite 4, all on a 3440×1440 ultra-wide display. The final stop on the Vega tour will be Portland between the 21st and 23rd of July. Then, a week later we should see the official unveiling at SIGGRAPH, with the RX Vega shipping out in August.

KitGuru Says: While it’s a shame that we didn’t get solid performance numbers out of this event, it does seem to make it clear that AMD is targeting the GTX 1080 with the RX Vega. Have many of you been waiting for Vega? 

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