AMD’s Vega 56 GPU might be a bit of an old cat nowadays compared to the latest and greatest RTX and RX 5700 series GPUs, yet that doesn’t mean this thing’s a bad GPU far from it, especially at this price. So what kinda deal are we talking? Well head over to newegg, throw the card in your basket, use code VGASAV33S at checkout and you’ll net an extra $60 off on top of a $20 rebate card, bringing the price down to a crisp clean $230.
- Pick up your AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 from newegg.com for $230 ($80 off)
So then, what do you get with a Vega 56? Well from the outset, spec wise, you’re looking at a fairly strong mid-range 1440p GPU. We’re talking GTX 1070 level of performance. Hardware though, we’re talking 3,584 shader cores, 224 texture units and 64 ROPs. Coupled with 8GB of HBM 2.0 memory, running on a 2,048 bit-bus. It runs slightly more power hungry than the GTX 1070 does, pulling in 210W overall, but on the whole, unless electricity’s a real big issue in your area you shouldn’t have too much of a problem.
So then! On to the numbers? 77 fps, on average in The Witcher 3, 59 fps in Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands, 125 fps in Doom, and near enough 82 fps in Battlefield 1. This pits it right between the GTX 1070 and the GTX 1080 in almost all of our testing suites. That said, that’s about as much as you’re going to get out of this thing, as overclocking headroom is fairly minimal in contrast to the competition. The Vega architecture is a little less refined than its Pascal competition was. However those are still fairly solid figures across some seriously strong graphical titles anyway.
Temps are actually fairly well balanced too, with the card ramping up to around 75 celsius at stock, and 84 C when overclocked.
As for connectivity, you’ll net yourself access to 3x DisplayPort 1.4 ports, and 1x HDMI 2.0(a) ports, oh and you’ll need two 8-pin PCIe cables to power this baby. That said for $230, you’re still looking at a card that can out perform a modern day Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti, and that ain’t nothing.
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