AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 Review: Alternative to a GTX 1070
AMD’s Radeon RX Vega graphics card fill a extensive-standing hole at the substantial-overall performance close of the range, wherever Nvidia had for a extensive time reigned entirely unchallenged. Unveiled alongside the a lot more potent Radeon RX Vega sixty four (and it is even faster water-cooled edition), the Radeon RX Vega fifty six is arguably the most exciting of the a few boards as it delivers remarkable overall performance at a price established to tempt quite a few absent from Nvidia. If you can discover 1 for sale, that is.
HOW A lot DOES THE RADEON RX VEGA fifty six Charge?
As is the circumstance with our Radeon RX Vega sixty four evaluate, the RX Vega fifty six product reviewed right here is an AMD ‘own-brand’ reference board instead than a item you could acquire in the outlets. At the time of crafting, spouse-branded boards are accessible for close to £390 inc VAT. This signifies a conserving of close to £80 when in contrast to the a lot more potent RX Vega sixty four.
And this will make it comparable with Nvidia’s GTX 1070 boards and close to £40 significantly less than the new GTX 1070 Ti.
A warning on pricing
You could wrestle to discover an RX Vega card at the price we quotation. Pricing seems to vary massively dependent on availability and if you’re not careful you could close up paying out way about the odds for a board. We’ve noticed common RX Vega fifty six card promoting for about £500, which is a lot more high priced than a GeForce GTX 1080. The cause seems to be that the cards are in substantial demand for ‘mining’.
RADEON RX VEGA fifty six: Attributes AND Structure
The Radeon RX Vega fifty six is a reduce-down edition of the RX Vega sixty four and is for that reason pretty identical the two internally and externally. In their reference layouts, the two cards appear as pretty boxy, however not unattractive equipment, with reassuringly substantial create high-quality featuring a metal housing with a one created in enthusiast and a comprehensive-duration metal backplate.
|Radeon RX Vega sixty four Liquid Cooled||Radeon RX Vega sixty four||Radeon RX Vega fifty six|
|Architecture||Vega ten||Vega ten||Vega ten|
|Transistor Count||twelve.five billion||twelve.five billion||twelve.five billion|
|Die Sizing||486 mm2||486 mm2||486 mm2|
|Future Gen Compute Models||sixty four||sixty four||fifty six|
|Foundation GPU Clock||1406 MHz||1274 MHz||1156 MHz|
|Boost GPU Clock||1677 Mhz||1546 MHz||1471 MHz|
|Memory Bandwidth||484 GB/s||484 GB/s||410 GB/s|
|Peak SP Efficiency||Up to 13.7 TFLOPS||Up to twelve.7 TFLOPS||Up to ten.five TFLOPS|
|Peak Fifty percent Precision Efficiency||Up to 27.five TFLOPS||Up to twenty five.three TFLOPS||Up to 21. TFLOPS|
|Peak Texture Fill-Rate||Up to 429.three GT/s||Up to 395.eight GT/s||Up to 330. GT/s|
|ROPs||sixty four||sixty four||sixty four|
|Peak Pixel Fill-Rate||Up to 107.three GP/s||Up to 98.9 GP/s||Up to 94. GP/s|
|High Bandwidth Cache (HBM2)||8GB||8GB||8GB|
|Memory Bandwidth||483.eight GB/s||483.eight GB/s||410 GB/s|
|Memory Interface||2048 bit||2048 bit||2048 bit|
The 28cm extensive dual-slot board capabilities four monitor outputs, including a few DisplayPort one.four and a one HDMI two.0b connector. These let ‘Eyefinity’ multi-monitor setups, 4K displays and HDR. Notably absent is a DVI connector, but you can hook up a DVI monitor via an adapter if you will need to. It also calls for two eight-pin PCI-E power connectors following to which is a row of LEDs programmed to show GPU overall performance.
RX Vega fifty six specs are very considerably identical to the RX Vega sixty four other than that it has, as its title would advise, fifty six compute units enabled instead than the comprehensive sixty four compute units of the flagship product. The board is rated at a rather substantial 210 Watts.
The RX Vega fifty six GPU arrives with 3584 Stream processors enabled instead than the Vega 64’s 4096 and arrives with a a little bit decreased base clock speed of 1156 MHz instead than one,274 MHz. The RX Vega fifty six will boost up to one,471 MHz underneath load in its default configuration.
Like its greater brothers, the RX Vega fifty six has 8GB of AMD’s ‘HBM2’ substantial bandwidth memory, which in this board delivers up to 410 GB/s Vs. 484 GBs on the Vega sixty four. This signifies a welcome doubling of the 4GB accessible on the previous ‘RX Fury’ boards and eventually allows AMD to contend with equivalent Nvidia boards on overall memory. AMD’s new High-Bandwidth Cache Controller (HBCC) also allows the RX Vega boards to accessibility your PC’s process memory at substantial speed, most likely supplying your games accessibility to big quantities of overall RAM.
The RX Vega also provides aid for DirectX twelve.one instead than twelve. supported by the RX 5xx sequence and will also let a lot more substantial resolution displays to be related at the similar time. For example you can now hook up a few 4K monitors at the similar time, all running at 60Hz.
AMD RADEON RX VEGA fifty six: Efficiency
The Radeon RX Vega fifty six is a big move up from the Radeon RX 580, and only a tiny driving the a lot more high priced Radeon RX Vega sixty four. This locations it in an appealing posture a tiny in advance of Nvidia’s GTX 1070. This seems to be the enthusiasm driving Nvidia countering with the new GTX 1070 Ti.
In our assessments, the Radeon RX Vega fifty six trades blows with the GTX 1070 and normally outpaces it. This means solid overall performance at 2560×1440 with sixty fps and you could even have a go at 4K resolutions, specially if you’re taking part in on a 30Hz Television instead than a 60Hz monitor. If you’re on the lookout to acquire a appropriate display for your new graphics card, more affordable FreeSync monitors are also a element to get into thought as you’d have to fork out a lot more for a G-Sync monitor appropriate with an Nvidia card.
The Radeon RX Vega fifty six is also a solid VR performer, offering conveniently more than enough power for smooth gameplay on present components.
When evaluating in opposition to the RX Vega sixty four, we see roughly ten for every cent decreased overall performance but at a considerably a lot more competitive price. This means you will be ready to participate in the similar games at approximately identical settings even though conserving a reasonable bit of cash, and this is what will make the RX Vega fifty six card a superior benefit-for-cash solution for quite a few avid gamers – as extensive as you can really discover a board for sale anywhere in the vicinity of the recommended price.
We did discover that the card gets pretty loud underneath load as that one enthusiast whips up to comprehensive speed. Even so, the RX Vega cards can be appreciably tuned and tweaked via the Windows driver program, not just for the regular overclocking but also for managing power consumption. Numerous end users have uncovered they’re ready to lower the overall total of power expected by ‘undervolting’ the card, ensuing in cooler and quieter operation than you’d get with the default configuration.
Should really I acquire the Radeon RX Vega fifty six?
Sad to say for AMD the RX Vega fifty six is now pretty challenging to discover, and when you do, it can normally be at these kinds of an inflated price that it will make no sense to acquire 1. Even so, if you can discover 1 for sale in the vicinity of RRP it will make a pretty excellent benefit for cash proposition as its overall performance is close to the RX Vega sixty four, but at a considerably decreased price.
It’s also pretty competitive with an Nvidia GTX 1070 in phrases of price and overall performance. If you definitely will need a lot more speed, there’s the RX Vega sixty four or Nvidia’s GTX 1070 Ti but you may well not close up obtaining as considerably bang for your buck.
Yet another thought is that the RX Vega fifty six can draw pretty a ton of power and calls for a fairly beefy power source to run adequately. It’s one-enthusiast design and style also means it can make a ton of sound underneath load. A GTX 1070, specially with a third-bash substantial-overall performance cooler, will make considerably significantly less sound.