Radeon RX Vega 64 and 56: Specifications, Price & Initial Test Results

By Admin - July 31, 2017 9:41 pm   2   326   0

With the Radeon RX Vega 64, AMD shoots a wide side against the green competition. The RX Vega 56 is also presented. Commercial publication is scheduled for August 14th. Here are the latest facts from the premiere event in Los Angeles.

After a few delays and the limited frontier edition, AMDs new graphics card generation with Vega-10 chip will finally be launched "in August". The 14-nm GPU of the Radeon RX Vega 64 has 64 of the computing engines with 64 shader units, a basic clock of 1.247 as well as a boost clock of 1.546 MHz.

8 GB of HBM2 RAM are connected to the GPU via the infinity fabric interface developed for the Ryzen CPU and transfer almost half a terabyte of data, or more precisely, 484 GB per second. As a bare computing power, the RX Vega 64 produces 12.66 TFLOPS - Nvidias GTX 1080 Ti creates around 11.3. AMDs card also approves 295 watts - 220 watts of the GPU. Graphic card cost: 499 US dollars.

Optional: Aluminum housing & water cooling

AMD is launching two more versions of the RX Vega 64 on the market. The Limited Edition has a noble aluminum case and costs $ 599 a hundred more. For this, the manufacturer packs codes for two games, presumably Prey and Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus. In addition, while buying a 32-inch Samsung FreeSync monitor, there is a $ 200 discount. Who also packs a Ryzen-7 CPU and mainboard into the shopping cart, gets another 100 dollars credited.

If you want even more power, go to the Liquid Cooled Edition: This RX Vega 64 drives clock speeds of 1.406 and 1.677 MHz respectively, thanks to closed water cooling and reaches 13.7 TFLOPS. This card then costs 699 dollars and once more there are games and discounts when you buy. Power consumption: 345 watts, 265 of which consumes the GPU.

 RX Vega 56: The little sister

With the Radeon RX Vega 56, AMD is targeting Nvidias GTX 1070: For $ 399, there are 56 compute engines and 3.584 streaming processors clocked at 1.156 and 1.471 MHz, respectively. The data throughput is 410 GB / second, the performance of the card is still very tidy with 10.5 TFLOPS - the 1070 brings "only" 6.64 TFLOPS on the balance. The energy consumption of the Radeon RX 56 is 210 watts, the GPU contented with 165 watts. Like the 64 cards, the RX Vega 56 has an HDMI and three display port connectors to suit the flowering gaming landscape.

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Test results: 4K gaming

Now, naked performance numbers are such a thing, especially when we have the card (s) not yet in the hand and can test themselves. AMD released a couple of vague statements about the gaming performance of the Radeon RX Vega 64, which refer to the interaction with FreeSync screens.

4K gamers, who have an Asus MG28UQ with 3,840 times 2,160 pixels in use, expect image refresh rates between 43 and 57 hertz. According to AMD, an R9 Fury X came only at 32-46 Hz, the competition from Nvidia at 26-47 (GTX 980 Ti) and 26-56 Hz (GTX 1080). The figures were among others with Battlefield 1, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Civilization 6, Fallout 4, Doom, Far Cry Primal, Hitman, Overwatch, Sniper Elite 4 and Total War: Warhammer. In detail, the RX Vega 64 was only in Battlefield 1, Infinite Warfare and Far Cray Primal in front, Civilization 6, Hitman and Overwatch on the GTX 1080 a touch nimble.

Test results: Widescreen gaming

If you are traveling with a 1440P widescreen display like Samsungs CF791, you have to load 3,440 times 1,440 pixels with game graphics. This was the head-to-head race: RX Vega 64 put 53 to 76 FPS, the GTX 1080 countered with 45 to 78 FPS. AMD tested the titles Ashes of the Singularity, Battlefield 1, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Doom, current editions of Forza, Gears of War and Hitman as well as once more Total War: Warhammer. AMDs card score points at Ashes of the Singularity, Battlefield 1, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and Forza, while the GTX 1080 beat Doom and Gears of War.

Despite the higher naked computing power, the Vega chip does not exceed the competition as much as one might have expected, is often even and even among the Pascal cards from Nvidia. In the next few weeks, we will be handing out our own AMD cards, so keep checking back again and again.