AMD Radeon Vega 8 Review: Is it Good? Is it Bad?

This article is an AMD Radeon Vega 8 Review, we will have a detailed analysis on how to this GPU perform as well as the good and the bad of it.

In 2011, AMD debuted its first accelerated processing units (APUs). These are designed to act as a GPU and a CPU on one die, also known as integrated graphics. The first generation of the APUs announced in January 2011 was the Brazos for low powered devices and Llano. The second generation was Trinity and Brazos 2 released in 2012 and the third generation in 2014, known as Kaveri.

The first generations were impressive although the CPU architecture was aging fast and bogged down AMD’s subsequent releases of the APUs. However, they did not stop there. The APU line up was revived when they released the Ryzen series of APUs that featured new architecture and the AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 graphics.

AMD Radeon RX Vega 8

The AMD Radeon Vega 8 is an integrated graphics solution (iGPU) for laptops and notebooks. It was launched in the fourth quarter of 2017 in the Ryzen 5 APUS. Specifically the Ryzen 5 2500U and the Ryzen 5 2700U.

The integrated graphics is based on the fifth generation GCN (Vega architecture). It offers 8 compute units which have 512 shader processing units out of the 704 shaders. The graphics units in the Ryzen 5 2500U is clocked up to 1100 MHz.

The performance of the GPU depends on a wide range of factors including the clock speed set by the manufacturers. The cooling and the configured TDP (12 watts – 25 watts at launch). The iGPU should also benefit from the system memory configuration, as it does not have a dedicated VRAM of its own. The system can be fitted with the slower single-channel DDR4-2133 or the faster DDR4-2400 dual channel RAM.

Most AMD Radeon Vega 8 reviews note that the iGPU is suitable for use in slim and light laptops due to its comparatively low power consumption and clever power saving features. The Radeon Vega 8 is manufactured in the finer 14 nm process.

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Vega 8 architecture

The Radeon Vega architecture supports DirectX 12 (12_1) which is an improvement over the Polaris generation. The iGPU uses the same chip as the fully unlocked Radeon Vega 11 but AMD disabled some shading units to reach the product’s shader count target. The GPU features 8 compute units, 32 texture mapping units and 8 render output processors. The Raven chip has 4,940 million transistors on a 210-mm2 die size.

Radeon Vega 8 performance

The performance of the Ryzen 5 2500U is very promising on paper. It is even faster than the Intel Core i7 8550U in TrueCrypt 7.1a. PC Mark 10 and POVRay benchmarks results provided by the NotebookCheck. However, actual performance depends a lot on the implementation in the laptop.

The specifications of the Radeon Vega 8 puts it between the Nvidia GeForce MX 150 and the GeForce 940MX graphics cards. According to AMD, it can handle smooth gameplay in less demanding titles such as CS GO in medium settings. Overwatch in low settings, Dota 2 low settings and League of Legends in medium settings.

That is all for our AMD Radeon Vega 8 Review, if you have any questions regarding this topic, ask them in the comments.