AMD RX Vega 64 and Vega 56 Review

Test Setup and Clock Speeds

AMD RX Vega64 and Vega52 Review

Test Setup

AMD RX Vega64 and Vega56
Intel i7 6850K
ASUS X99 Strix
Corsair ROG Dominator Platinum 3200
Corsair RM1000i
Corsair LX 512GB OS
Corsair LS 480GB x2 Raid0 Games
Corsair H100i V2
Windows 10

Clock Speeds

 

The method to overclocking both of the Vega cards is simplicity itself. Move the power slider to give it more beans, and Robert is your mothers brother. With all graphics cards you can be certain that more power and better cooling gives faster clock speeds and thus higher performance, and the Vega seems to take this ethos to its natural conclusion.

AMD RX Vega56 Overclocking  

With the Vega64 we've checked out two ways of powering the card to see what difference cooling can make. Our top screenshot shows an average of 1617 MHz and this was obtained with 100% fan speeds. YES WE HAVE GONE DEAF. PARDON?

Whereas with automatic fan speeds as shown on the bottom screenshot the average GPU Core clock only hit 1578 MHz. Thankfully it was quieter, but clearly if you want to extract the maximum from your new purchase, and wish to do so in a manner that doesn't sound like a hair dryer, then you need to invest in one of the liquid cooled offerings.

AMD RX Vega64 Overclocking 100% fan

 

AMD RX Vega64 Overclocking Autofan

If you prefer your figures in a more readily digestible format, here is the graph version of the above. As you can see, cooler = more consistent. Not exactly breaking news.

AMD RX Vega64 and Vega56 Clock speeds  

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Most Recent Comments

22-08-2017, 14:39:35

Dicehunter
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

russler
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

Avet
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

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

22-08-2017, 16:10:28

jellowiggler
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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