RX Vega 56 & 64 are HERE! Are they HOT or NOT?

GTX 1080 or Vega? 1080, 1070 or wait for Vega? 1080 Ti… Wait for RX Vega? Wait for Navi? So GTC last year… We expected to get AMD Vega in early 2017. But as the slide helpfully points out the time line was subject to change And change it did. It is now August. (cough) But today, we finally find out Was Vega worth the wait? ♪ Theme music ♪ Synergy allows you to share your mouse and keyboard between multiple computers at once! Check it out now at the link in the video description! Meet Vega or more accurately RX Vega 56 and 64. The consumer versions of the Vega Founders Edi…[cough] Excuse me… Frontier Edition cards that launched back in June of this year. It’s named for the number of Next-gen compute units on board, if we compare it against the Frontier Edition, we can see that we’re on par for compute units on Vega 64 But we’ve got about half the video memory at 8 gigs and our clocks are a little lower. Much lower in Vega 56’s case but like that card and one of the likely reasons behind the delays they both have HBM2 memory. The newest revision of the blazing fast memory that first debuted on amd’s own Fury cards back in 2015. Which both does and doesn’t feel like a long time ago depending on how you look at it. Anyway, aside from actually basically everything new to Vega is a tile based rendering mode that AMD calls the draw Stream Binning Rasterizer. A feature similar to what nVidia implemented on Maxwell that AMD tells us will improve performance without any extra work from game developers. Let’s meet our line up for today! We’ve got Vega 56 both air and liquid cooled flavors of RX Vega 64 and the GTX 1070 and 1080 that their pricing puts them up against. And we’ll be treating all three cards to our mainstream gaming platforms from both the Red Team And the blue team. At the top-end, we immediately see the vega 64 Liquid Cooled card pull out into a comfortable lead. Though this quickly changes in Rise of the Tomb Raider where the GTX 1080 over runs it. Moving a teardown… While the Vega 56 significantly widens and closes these gaps on the 1070 at times appearing like a kind of 1070 Ti. This theme of trading blows seems to take place across all of our gaming benchmarks and our synthetics tell a similar tale. So if you’re an AMD fan who wanted to see competition… You’re going to be happy. But if you wanted AMD to blow the doors off nVidia… Well, you might be a little disappointed. You’ll be more excited about the productivity applications in Cinebench R15, Blender and Adobe Media Encoder, we see a clear trend favoring even the air-cooled RX Vega 64 over the GTX 1080. Something that we’re not entirely surprised by but we’re happy to see. Considering AMD’s traditional strengths in general purpose GPU tasks. Unfortunately, another point of divergence is power consumption. The RX Vega 64 is an absolute hog when it comes to power to say nothing at the liquid cooled version and thermal performance isn’t much better for the air-cooled Vega 64 either with the heaviest throttle out of any of the cards we tested. You actually need both 8 pin power connectors for these cards. Ouch… With that said, the value proposition here is still pretty compelling. Our air-Cooled RX Vega 64 is quite close to the GTX 1080 Founders Edition in gaming, while the liquid cooled variant is a better performer but one that’s ultimately held back a little by its higher price tag. For productivity and GPGPU though, RX Vega really shines. Of course the same is true of the excellent productivity performance of RX Vega 56. But the real story is gaming. Holy balls! We’re actually doing pretty great at this price. Especially since we couldn’t even find a GTX 1070 for less than about four hundred and Thirty dollars. Though with that said, the value argument of the entire Vega lineup is pretty complicated. Because the higher end cards may not be purchasable without AMD’s value added bundles, so we’re talking a discount on a Ryzen 7, a FreeSync monitor and some free games… That seems to add about a hundred dollars to the price. Though, AMD says it’s worth $420. So the question really becomes Vega 56 looks pretty good with or without the bundle. Depending on whether you want that stuff that’s part of amd strategy to deter coin miners from buying these cards but at the very high end the Vegas 64 liquid cooled at $699 with rebates and games… That one becomes a tougher sell But feel free to tell us if we’re wrong in the comments below. So conclusion then. The wait is finally over Vega might bear more similarity to the performance and power consumption profile of nVidia’s last generation Maxwell architecture when it comes to gaming tasks but the good news is that it’s enough to be in the conversation for high end GPU Buyers and those poor folks with high resolution freesync monitors that now finally have a real option for a graphics card to drive them. The only thing remaining then is to see what nVIdia has up their sleeves with Volta Synergy It’s symbiosis It’s energy It’s a software product that lets you solve the problem once and for all of having two keyboards and two mice. Because you can share one mouse and one keyboard between multiple computers So whatever your reason for having more than one computer, laptop and desktop You know linux workstation and windows machine for gaming or Mac or whatever… It works on everything it’s amazing! You just install synergy and you just seamlessly move your mouse between the computers. wow They’ve got basic and pro options with a one-time payment and advanced features include things like clipboard sharing between the computers for easy cut paste, dragging and dropping files between computers, The ability to set up hotkeys and more and the best part is you can use our link in the video description to get 50% off synergy today. So thanks for watching guys if you dislike this video you can hit that button But if you liked it hit the like button get subscribed maybe consider checking out where to find the stuff we featured at the link in the video description. Also down there is our merch store Which has cool shirts like this one and our community forum which you should definitely join.

100 thoughts on “RX Vega 56 & 64 are HERE! Are they HOT or NOT?

  1. people keep doing benchmarks . but there is one thing I found out . when it come to vr benchmarks there silent about it . been trying to figure out why . I think it do to the benchmarks I found . when it come to vr the scores are way different . and it not the gforce is making the grade .

  2. I really don't want to add to the flame war in the comments because I know how things get down there. As someone who is making their own game I have found that amd and nvidia offer different tools for their platforms. This is often why games that start with the nvidia tag will run worse on amd hardware.

    as a PC builder I have found that AMD hardware builds play nicer together than if you where to place a nvidia card in the same PC. For example the Ryzen 2 based CPU can do 2 way sli but 3 way Crossfire.

    Either way I run both a red and a blue green team mechen at all times because sometimes one works better than the other and there is no real reason for it except one program uses a proprietary hair shader.

  3. I am about to get the Vega 56 to use as a external GPU with my Macbook Pro. I want to do some gaming like league of legends and PUBG mobile version but not really much gaming and heavily coding. Is this a good choice ?

  4. Please help!!! what should i buy?

    RX vega 64 for combination to my Freesync monitor?


    RTX 2070?

    Please give me some ideas.
    Thank you in advance :))

  5. If you are here after december 2018 the answer to the title is yes vega are hot! Prices have been reduced by 50% and they are defenetly worth it now .Even if vega was not worth it in release

  6. I bought Asus ROG Radeon RX Vega 64 air cooled for €499 in end of 2018 — is it worth it or was it a big mistake ? Should I return it and buy RTX 2080 instead of ?

  7. I'm happy I didn't spend the extra 120 bucks on the Vega 56, got the older generation, because that's the only one that can keep up with Nvidia at a good price point.

  8. Lmao here it is in 2019 and looking at all the comments about volta are similar to Vega ii/Navi. Miners killed the idea of a cheap vega 64 at launch, just like Pascal, but today you can get a brand new Vega 64 for $400. And a 1080 is around that ballpark. But Vega has stronger performance in current titles and the Turing line of rtx cards is a joke. the time has never been more compelling to buy a Vega card than now, you can buy two Vega 64s in crossfire and get better performance than a 2080ti, where supported, for half the price of some aib 2080ti. you can find vega's for$325-350 All day on eBay. And there's something to be said about that.

  9. Nvidia is still the card to get, AMD has always been one step behind in performance, if AMD ever wants to surpass Nvidia they'll have to start from the ground up and design a new chip

  10. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Evga-Gtx-1080-Acx-3-0-barley-used-Great-Overclocker-Read-Description-Please-/202620164684

  11. Gtx 760 is all you need! I can play all of my favorite games ever made maxed out! Picked it up for $30 too 😁

  12. if bitcoin miners want it, why not sell it to them? just means the demand is high. expand your production to reach the demand

  13. Looks like I'm going to be waiting longer then for half life 3 or even worst….my dad. At least half life has a chance not coming back

  14. My r9 290 still draws more power so its an upgrade for me. My xfx r9 290 while gaming will consume up to 450 watts.

  15. I was searching for this video just to laugh for the 0:13 "wait for navi?! Really sad for the amd navi :C

  16. Why do all you nerds keep saying "Veh-guh" and "Neh-vey" (or "nevvi")?… It's "VAY-GAH" and "NAH-VEE".

  17. Just got a Vega 56 for 200€ and a ryzen 2600 for 109€, for a budget pc I don't think I could have done any better, thanks amd

  18. Having issues with the rx Vega 56 driver update on windows 10. It’s been a absolute pain; however, I does still boot half the time then works perfectly. The AMD HDMI audio does not work correctly either so having to use external speakers. It’s 2019 and still bad driver support from AMD. I’m lucky it works fine graphics wise …once I “manage” to boot anyway. I’m using a nice 2nd gen Ryzen 7 8 core CPU and I love it but the Vega rx 56 is still having issues with my current setup. Got a nice mobo ASRock Taichi Ultimate and DDR4 gskill RGB 32g 8g x 4 kit. Excellent when running but still frequent OS crash on bootup due to GPU drivers. If anyone else has encounterd this problem and maybe found a soulution let me know. Maybe even Linus Tech Tips have encountered the problem. Perhaps do a video about it would be nice. Iv seen just as many trouble shooting forums asking for a solution for driver issues just like the start of the video… anyway good luck everyone. Hopefully your experience ends up better than mine.

  19. I have a question for anybody here with a vega. I just bought a Vega 56 saphire nitro plus, and I installed everything properly, bitbthe driver installation was a little shady, and in task manager and other places the card showd up as "Rx Vega" Shouldnt it show up as "Rx Vega 56"?
    I haven't tested the performance yey

  20. I am considering one or two of these cards for my workflow in FCPX. Maybe, one day as these come down a little more in price.

  21. is there a way that i could take my Vega 64 air cooled card and make it a water cooled card? i have been getting temps at around 68C and i just don't like having the card at that temp. and help would be appreciated.

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