AMD RX Vega 64 & Vega 56 Performance Review

Author: SKYMTL
Date: August 14, 2017
Product Name: RX Vega 64 / RX Vega 56
Warranty: 3 Years
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A Closer Look at the RX Vega 64 & 56

Iím sure you thought the first image of the Vega cards would be one with a sexy brushed aluminum heatsink but that wasnít meant to happen. You see, the vast majority of buyers will receive a card that looks like the one above since the one seen in most images will only be available in a Radeon Black Pack and will be a limited edition. The RX Vega 64 and 56 will basically look like supersized RX 480ís with a black dimpled fan shroud, blower style fan setup and a length of about 10.5Ē.

These cards require copious amounts of power and therefore AMD has chosen to utilize a pair of 8-pin power connector inputs. Remember that a power supply needs to have two native 8-pin PCIe cables for the Vega cards and you should not be using 6-pin to 8-pin adapters.

The back is covered by a full contact heat dissipation plate thatís also been painted black. The whole setup gives the Vega series a pretty stealthy look.

That backplate has a few cut outs, one of which is for the GPU Tach, an LED indicator that shows GPU usage in real time. Meanwhile, thereís also a pair of DIP switches that are used to either turn off the cardís main LED (on the Radeon logos) or change it from red to blue.

The I/O connectors are pretty straightforward as well with a trio of DisplayPort 1.2 outputs and a lone HDMI 2.0 plug.

I couldnít finish this section without at least mentioning the Limited Edition Vega 64 now could I? The only real difference between this card and the more plebian reference version is its shroud. Gone is the black plastic and in its place is a high quality brushed aluminum affair with the RX Vega logo front and center. It really does look incredible and it would have made a great visual alternative to NVIDIAís Founderís Edition.

It also has a small cubic Radeon logo thatís illuminated with a soft red glow.

The backplate also gives the card a finished look and carries on the cardís design to a clean conclusion.

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