AMD Radeon RX VEGA 56 8GB Graphics Card Review

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AMD Radeon RX VEGA 56 8GB Graphics Card Review

AMD Radeon RX VEGA 56

AMD’s new graphics cards are finally here, launching RX VEGA to the masses and we can’t wait to get it on our test bench. Promising extensive amounts of innovative design features, RX VEGA is a big step forward for AMD. While it’s unlikely the VEGA cards are going to take the ultimate performance crown, they were never designed to do so. VEGA has been built around a new architecture, and the use of HBM2 memory. It uses surrounding technologies to reduce pipeline overheads, cut latency times, reduce in-game stutter and lag, and more.

What’s exciting about VEGA is that these new cards are just the beginning, and we expect to see further developments from them in the not too distant future. Even more so, these cards have been designed to focus on optimisation, and AMD has furnished many developers with the tools they need to improve gaming performance on this hardware. We’ve seen many older AMD cards become increasingly competitive over months and even years after their release. Of course, we expect to see the same from VEGA.

Introducing Radeon RX Vega

What AMD Had to Say

“Radeon RX Vega Graphics is for extreme gamers looking to run their games at extreme resolutions, high framerates, challenging settings, and who want cutting edge features to carry them into the future.” – AMD

“Crank up your graphics quality and bring out every detail at incredible resolutions with the revolutionary “Vega” architecture. Radeon RX Vega cards power the latest displays and feature forward-thinking features like Radeon FreeSync™ 2 Technology.” – AMD


The VEGA 56 we’re reviewing today is the lower-end GPU, while the VEGA 64 and more so the 64 Water Cooled edition being the higher end. That being said, it still packs some solid specifications and should sit between a GTX 1060 and GTX 1070 regarding performance. So basically, somewhere just above the Fury series of cards, which isn’t too sad. Let’s get a closer look, then fire up the test bench!

  • Next-Gen Compute Units: 56nCU (3584 Stream Processors)
  • Base GPU Clock: 1156 MHz
  • Boost GPU Clock: 1471 MHz
  • Memory Bandwidth: 410 GB/s
  • Peak SPP: 10.5 TFLOPS
  • Peak HPP: 21 TFLOPS
  • High Bandwidth Cache (HBM2): 8GB
  • Memory Interface: 2048-bit
  • Board Power: 210W
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6 Responses to “AMD Radeon RX VEGA 56 8GB Graphics Card Review”
  1. @ndrio says:

    With the current prices you can get the cheaper 1080 at the price of that shity Vega 56. No need to see reviews to understand what is better . And no I’m not a nvidia fanboy .

  2. GTX 1070 still rocks and i think there is no point in getting overpriced RX Vega 56.

  3. Streetguru says:

    I think something is wrong there guys. Most other people have it faster than the 1070, and especially faster than the Fury X, yet it’s behind a Fury X in nearly all your testing. Strange.

    *The biggest difference is that you guys used a slower 5960X

    • Peter Donnell says:

      Streeguru, I agree, I’ve seen people get better, and get worse results. They are what they are though. It could be any number of factors with any particular test setup 🙂

  4. Spede says:

    Way to test standard clocked Vega against overclocked gayforces. I think I won’t be reading this biased site again.

    • Peter Donnell says:

      Really? That’s a shame, but since you’re the kind of person who says “gayforces” I’m guessing you’ll be biased in many parts of your life, regardless of what we do.

      We state which cards we used, clearly, and have detailed our recent re-test of all GPUs and why we did that. We state the settings we use, the hardware, etc, so people can make their own judgements on the hardware reviewed. There are PLENTY of overclocked AMD cards on our charts too, so the bias simply isn’t there. We’ll have aftermarket VEGA cards soon enough too. Or should we paid it against slower Nvidia cards to make it look better? Because everyone buys stock, right?

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