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entropie commented on 15 July 2019 at 11:42 am UTC

I found the latest phoronix results for OpenGL to be intresting:

Of course for me it would be more intresting to see that in Vulkan, but those geometric mean is showing that the high-end segment indeed isnt ruled by nvidia alone no more. Besides the 2080Ti, the lead is fairly distributed between AMD and nvidia. Intresting is that the Vega 64 is above the 1080Ti, when the Vega 64 was meant to be the counterpart to a 1080. That shows in my opinion how the mesa driver improved over the years.

I'ld go for a Vega 56 + Ryzen 2700X that is around 450 € at the moment, so pretty cheap. If its still too much, you can get a smaller Ryzen, I think down until 1600X its ok for this build. That way you can build a pretty budget gaming PC with decent performance.

If mesa will receive the new ACO compiler, instead of LLVM that will put AMD in the lead in Linux Vulkan gaming. Cause shader stutter is drastically reduced that way. Imo AMD is catching up with big steps with Nvidia on Linux and while a 2080Ti is 65% more expensive than a Vega 64, it has only 27% more performance, the 2080Ti makes really only sense for 4k enthusiasts.

Alyana commented on 17 July 2019 at 7:32 pm UTC

Thank you all so much for the great comments! I have been away for a few days so I haven't had the chance to post earlier.

You have given me a lot of information I haven't had before. It still is a tough decision!

It will for sure become a Ryzen based machine, as far as I know, and a midrange card. I will post the decision here shortly. Thank you all again!

Feda commented on 18 July 2019 at 4:42 pm UTC

I would go with Radeon RX580 with 8GB VRAM. It will cost less and perform better than a 1050ti.

Alyana commented on 21 July 2019 at 8:43 pm UTC

After looking at the prices and all that, I think an RX580 is indeed a good choice. I haven't seen a better card for that price. And if there are no huge differences anymore, compatibility wise and regarding driver support, it might be well worth it to give it a try.

I will keep you updated about it and some testing results I will be doing, comparing it to my own 1050 Ti.

Thank you again for all the info, you are awesome.

dubigrasu commented on 22 July 2019 at 5:19 pm UTC

Be careful about the brand though, some 580 cards have issues regarding cooling and noise.
If I may, give Sapphire cards a try, I have a Sapphire Radeon RX 590 Nitro+ and it behaves really well, review here:
If you can find one of these (they go for similar prices) go for it.

As for AMD/Nvidia drivers, really, you'll be fine fine with both, don't listen to the banter.
If you go for Nvidia I would suggest the GTX 1660 ti, is the second best in terms of performance per dollar.

Some numbers regarding temperatures, power consumption and performance per dollar for both cards:

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