AMD Radeon RX 490 vs NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti Comparison, Price & Release Date: Why Gamers Need To Choose GTX 1080 Ti Over RX 490

By Maria Alamban - 19 Oct '16 18:20PM

Rumors about AMD Radeon RX 490 and NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti are all over the web. However, it seems like the former will not arrive that soon just yet.

According to PC World, AMD Radeon RX 490's launch is slated next year. However, NVIDIA is reportedly doing its few touches before they finally release GTX 1080 Ti. This will give gamers the chance to experience another upgrade of the killer GTX 10 series.

Gamers don't have to save up for too long, too. NVIDIA has announced two key products which they can buy soon. GTX 1050 Ti only costs $139 and will be made available by October 25. While a cheaper and almost close to the graphics cards' power is also going to be launched by November 8 at $109. Critics say that gamers should choose the Ti instead since it only costs a few dollars more than GTX 1050.

Enstarz notes that AMD Radeon RX 490 and NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti are two of the best devices with high FPS. The two also has the extreme kind of Graphics Processing Unit (GPU). They are said to have almost similar performance but they also differ in a lot of factors.

For one, they have powerful memory architecture but of different kinds. For AMD Radeon RX 490, it has the GCN 1.3 Greenland XT, while for the NVIDIA, it has the Pascal P104-400-A1. RX 490 boasts 96 Texture Mapping Units more than that of the GTX 1080 Ti. However, the GTX 1080 Ti has a more powerful core clock speed with 557 MHz more than the RX 490.

As for the memory bandwidth, the AMD Radeon RX 490 has 716.8 GB per second greater than the NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti. This means that the RX 490 can carry more memory load performance way better than GTX 1080 Ti. The two also differ in transistor size technology. Gamers may check this review by MW Technology to see a close comparison on a similar product from AMD and GTX 1080.

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