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The packaging for the Vega is worthy of some design award. When we received the Ryzen CPUs they came in amazingly gorgeous wooden boxes, and the Vega is replete with a glass Rubix cube affair that has the Vega logo in the middle and, as you saw from our front page image, the Vega word around the bottom. Very cool.

AMD RX Vega64 and Vega52 Review  
AMD RX Vega64 and Vega52 Review  

The card itself, here in Vega64 guise, is a very nice take on the reference design we've seen a hundred times. Rather than go all out on huge gaudy logos and things AMD have just got a subtle Vega logo on the front and a small R in the corner. Usually shrouds on these blower designs are plastic - indeed the Vega56 is - but here on the 64 it is brushed aluminium which gives the whole thing a very classy look and feel. Couple it to the nicely designed backplate and the whole card seems like a premium product.

AMD RX Vega64 and Vega52 Review  
AMD RX Vega64 and Vega52 Review  
AMD RX Vega64 and Vega52 Review  

As a new flagship GPU the Vega comes with 8+8 pin power inputs to keep the card fully saturated with all the power it requires, whilst connectivity continues the AMD tradition of dispensing with the DVI-D and going solely for DisplayPort and HDMI connectors. Where we'd usually find a Crossfire finger there is instead a switch to toggle Turbo mode, which we'll also test today as well as our stock and overclocked ones.

AMD RX Vega64 and Vega52 Review  
AMD RX Vega64 and Vega52 Review  
AMD RX Vega64 and Vega52 Review  

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Most Recent Comments

22-08-2017, 14:39:35

Great vid, Really miffed at AMD about this, I wanted a full AMD rig i.e CPU+GPU but the lack of power and over the top power draw have killed all fancy of getting a Vega 64 card

Ryzen was a pure win, Fantastic product, Vega is...well...a big fat fail.

As a side note I did a test on the rig I'm currently using, 1800X overclocked to 4GHz, 16GB 3200MHz, 1080 Ti Strix overclocked to 2050/6000, All fans at full and the max I saw was 450 watts, Briefly, Very disappointing to see such terrible power draw from AMD.Quote

22-08-2017, 14:45:22

It really paid off reviewing this a little later, im glad you said what needed to be said about the crappy pricing making it noncompetitive.Quote

22-08-2017, 15:03:06

AMD just struck gold for nVidia. All those people that have been waiting for Vega will now go and buy nVidia cards.

Just complete and utter fail from AMD. If the mining hasn't gone up just before the launch of Vega I really think that AMD graphic division would go bankrupt.

I don't think they can continue like this for much longer. This is their 4th generation of cards that is demolished buy the green team, and the Volta is coming. nVidia will now just refine manufacturing process and continue to rule. In the past AMD offered good budget option, but now they are more expensive, they use 2x more power, they heat up like furnaces, and they offer roughly the same performance. Who in the right mind would buy Vega (apart from the pathological fanboys)?Quote

22-08-2017, 16:02:15

I'm glad I bought a GTX 1080 when I did Quote

22-08-2017, 16:10:28

It just puts AMD behind a bit again, that's all.

It's better than where they were I guess. They do now have an upper tear set of cards. But who will pick these up with the increased power draw and heat? Especially with inflated pricing. It just doesn't line up well on the shelf.

I waited, and waited, and waited, then I bought a 1080.

Hopefully the AIBs can do a bit of fun stuff to the boards and come out with some wins.

No pressure on Nvidia to release the Volta consumer adaptations if AMD's best can't get up to the level of last year's cards. Pascal may be it for the next 6-12 months. That's OK I guess. Maxwell/Pascal is a nice and stable platform for nvidia and AMD can use the time to polish their drivers and software.Quote

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