Today, AMD has announced three new graphics cards the AMD RX Vega 64 (two variants) and the AMD RX Vega 56.
Air Cooled AMD RX Vega 64
The AMD RX Vega 64 is more powerful and comes in two variants – a liquid cooled slightly more powerful variant and an Air cooled variant. The new AMD RX Vega 64 and RX Vega 56 are based on the new AMD Vega architecture and also come with the new AMD High Bandwidth Memory 2 (HBM2).
Further, the AMD RX Vega 64 comes with 64 compute units in comparison to the AMD RX Vega 56 that has 56 compute units. Also, there are some differences which we compare the Liquid Cooled AMD RX Vega 64 and Air Cooled RX Vega 64.
AMD RX Vega 64 Liquid Cooled Edition
The Key Specs for Liquid Cooled AMD RX Vega 64 includes 4096 Stream processors, a higher clock speed of 1406 Mhz (base clock) and a boost clock speed of 1677 MHz, comes with 13.7 TFLOPS performance and a Board power of 345 Watts. There is 8 GB of HBM 2 on all of the graphics cards.
The AMD RX Vega 64 Air Cooled Edition
The Air Cooled version has includes 4096 Stream processors, slightly lower clock speed with 1247 MHz base clock speed, and 1546 Boost clock speed. It offers 12.66 TFlops of performance and comes with a slightly lower TDP of 295 Watts.
The AMD RX 56
It comes with 3584 stream processors, and with 1156 MHz Core clock speed, 1471 Boost Clock speed. Furthermore, the memory bandwidth on both RX 64 cards is 484 GB/s on the RX 56 it is 410 GB/S.
Additionally, the AMD RX 56 comes with 10.5 TFLops of performance and has 210 Watt TDP which is significantly lower than both the RX Vega 64 cards.
All three Graphics cards are based on the Advanced Gaming Architecture with superior High BandWidth Cache system that allows lesser frame drop and higher consistency in game scenes which are highly demanding. So, you can have an edge over your opponents.
Specs Comparison Chart for AMD RX 64 Liquid Edition, AMD RX 64 Air Cooled and AMD RX 56
AMD Graphics card Pricing and Bundled Offers
The standalone AMD RX Vega 56 is the cheapest option for $399. We can expect a price close to Rs. 35,000 in India. While the higher RX Vega 64 with Air Cooling comes at $499, and we can expect a price of Rs. 42,000 for the graphics card in India.
The Liquid Cooled RX Vega Comes only in the bundled pack priced at $699. It also includes a $200 discount on the new Radeon Free Sync Monitor even $100 discount on the Ryzen 7 Desktop processor, plus two free games – Prey and the Wolfenstein 2.
There are two more bundled offers for the Radeon Black Pack Rx Vega 64 for $599 and the Radeon Red Pack for $499. Exact offers for India and other countries will be announced soon. The graphics cards will go on sale starting 14th August 2017.
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 and RX Vega 56 Performance
The graphics cards real performance numbers will start flowing around 14th August when they will hit the markets. AMD shared some vague numbers during the presentation and a video was released by the company.
Furthermore, AMD shared the below charts which yet again showcase the superior performance of the HBM2 Cache and shows that there is fewer frame drops and more consistent frames for the AMD RX Vega 64 when compared to the Nvidia GTX 1080 and GTX 980Ti.
As mentioned below, AMD has tested some of the games like Ashes of Singularity, Battlefield 1, Doom, Deus EX, Forza, Hitman, Sniper Elite and Warhammer.
Another benchmark performance shared by AMD states that the new Graphics cards – Vega RX 64 offer more consistent FPS in latest titles compared to rival Nvidia.
RX Vega 64 VS GTX 1080 and 1080 Ti
The new RX Vega 64 and Vega 56 brings back the competition in the High-end graphics cards market. And as I have stated many times competition is good in the GPU and CPU market, we don’t want Nvidia or Intel monopolies.
The performance for the AMD RX Vega 64 seems to trade blows with the Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics card but is no match for the GTX 1080 Ti that is currently the king of High-end graphics cards.
The GTX 1080 is almost a year old and the 980 Ti is way too old to be compared. But at the same time, we know AMD cards tend to last long and also improve with refined driver updates. Additionally, HBM2 is an added advantage that is bound to offer a great gaming experience.
The board power for both the AMD cards RX 64 air cooled and Water Cooled is very high even in comparison to the Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti that uses 250 watts of board power. You will need a 750 Watts plus PSU to run the air-cooled version of RX Vega 64 and 1000 Watts Plus PSU for the Liquid Cooled version.
Now that’s an added expenditure if you don’t have a large PSU already. On the other hand, the GTX 1080 or 1080 Ti is far more energy efficient and can run on a 600 watts PSU easily.
The Nvidia GTX 1080 is, even more, energy efficient and comes with just 180 Watts board power and can run on a single 8-pin connector compared to 2, 8-pin connectors required for the AMD cards.
(Also I live in India where the summers are really cruel, heat matters. I like it cool and quite.)
AMD RX Vega 56 Vs GTX 1070
Coming to the RX Vega 56, the graphics card looks more promising from a TDP (210 Watts) perspective but it is still much higher compared to a Nvidia GTX 1070 (150 Watts). We will have to wait and see if the RX Vega 56 can offer a better price to performance ratio in comparison to the Nvidia GTX 1070.
So, that’s All from my side, share your thoughts about the new AMD RX Vega 64 and RX Vega 56 in the comments section below. Are you planning to jump to the red side or will stay with the greens?
Also, Watch the Latest AMD RX Vega Introduction Video
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