AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 Gaming And Ethereum Mining Beast GPU Launches, Sells-Out In Minutes

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The supply problems surrounding AMD’s Radeon RX Vega 64 flagship consumer graphics cards have been well documented. However, the Vega 64 isn’t the only new enthusiast graphics card that AMD has on deck; it also announced the slightly less potent Radeon RX Vega 56 (read our review of both cards). The Vega 56 launched this morning, and like clockwork, it sold out within minutes.

Amazon was offering both XFX and Sapphire Vega 56 cards via its site, but they were quickly snatched up by eager gamers (or those looking to make a quick buck by flipping them). Both cards were listed at $399.99. Likewise, Newegg listed the XFX Vega 56 for $399.99, but it is currently out of stock.

As for Best Buy, we have a rolled-up newspaper ready to swat at the retailer’s nose. It listed the XFX Vega 56 for $499.99, $100 above its MSRP, and it too remains sold out at the moment. 

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As for AMD, the company is once again stating that it is working to meet the demand for the cards (something that it echoed with regards to Vega 64 availability). AMD provided us the following statement with regards to the Vega 56:

Radeon RX Vega 56 SEP pricing is $399 and Radeon RX Vega 64 SEP pricing is $499 for standalone product. We expect Radeon RX Vega 56 card availability during the coming weeks to target this suggested e-tail pricing. We are working with our partners to restock throughout the next few weeks all Radeon RX Vega 64 SKUs, including standalone cards and Radeon Packs.  Ongoing supply of these cards are expected to arrive at e-tail throughout the quarter to meet the strong demand.

The Vega 56 is sure to be a popular card with gamers, as our benchmarks showed it as a compelling alternative to NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1070. In addition, Ethereum miners also have a lot to celebrate with the card, as new mining-specific beta drivers from AMD have really opened up performance on Vega10-based graphics cards. The Vega 56 in particular put up some solid numbers, delivering a solid 36.48 MH/s when memory speeds were cranked to 1900MHz.