Items tagged with radeon rx vega 56

As it pertains to graphics cards, quite a bit has changed over the past year or so. Had you been in the market for a GPU around this time last year, you would have been staring at inflated price tags for practically every mid-range and high-end option on the market. Fast forward to today and things are looking much better, thanks to the cryptocurrency market sinking like the Titanic, and new GPU launches. NVIDIA's newest generation Turing GPU architecture has been especially helpful in spurring better prices, at least in certain segments. Sure, the initial GeForce RTX series launch hit gamers with sticker shock, but then came the GeForce RTX 2060, which is still the least expensive RTX model... Read more...
Many would not argue that the holy grail of graphics rendering is real-time ray tracing, and there are industry-wide efforts to make that a reality. Real-time ray tracing is computationally demanding, though, which is why today's solutions only ray trace parts of a scene, and not the entire thing. This also requires specialized hardware, or so it was always assumed. Interestingly, though, Crytek has released a demo showcasing a method of ray tracing being done on a Radeon RX Vega 56. This is notable because AMD's Vega GPU architecture does not contain any special hardware to handle the demands of real-time ray tracing, unlike NVIDIA's Turing GPU architecture, which optionally includes dedicated... Read more...
Last week, Acer announced the Predator Helios 500 gaming laptop with Intel Coffee Lake processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics. However, Acer is also making a version of the laptop for gamers that bleed AMD red.  The Predator Helios 500 (PH517-61) adopts AMD's new second-generation Ryzen processors, up to a Ryzen 7 2700. This particular processor packs a powerful punch with 8 physical cores for a total of 16 threads. Like the Predator Helios 500 that was announced last week, customers can opt for a 17.3-inch panel with either a 1080p (144Hz) or 4K (60Hz) panel, but this time around it is paired with a Radeon RX Vega 56 GPU and 8GB of HBM2. Both panels support AMD FreeSync... Read more...
Things have been relatively quiet on the graphics front in recent months. AMD launched its Radeon RX Vega 56 and Vega 64 cards last summer, then spent months trying to ramp up production. And when production stabilized, the cryptocurrency gold rush once again wiped out supplies. Despite the most gamers being unable to grab a decent gaming graphics card for MSRP these days, PowerColor has announced a new mainstream offering, and it looks quite tasty. We're staring at the Red Dragon RX Vega 56, which is decked out in a black and red color scheme with accenting dragons on the fans. PowerColor has been an exclusive partner for AMD-based graphics cards, and this latest entry is no different. It is... Read more...
Sapphire is looking to close out 2017 on a high note, and to help accomplish that, the company is releasing a pair of custom, factory-overlocked Radeon Vega graphics cards for gaming enthusiasts. The cards, each with custom cooling solutions, are the Nitro+ Radeon RX Vega 56 and Nitro+ Radeon RX Vega 64. Before we get into the specifics of the cards, let's first start by going over the specifications of reference Radeon RX Vega graphics cards. The reference Radeon RX Vega 56 has 3584 stream processors and base/boost GPU clocks of 1156MHz and 1471MHz respectively. The Radeon RX Vega 64, on the other hand, has 4095 stream processors and goes with base and boost clocks of 1247MHz and 1546MHz. The... Read more...
AMD is running a new promotion that it hopes will make its Radeon RX Vega 56 and Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics cards more enticing. For a limited time, customers who purchase a qualifying card will receive Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and Prey, a couple of AAA titles from Bethesda. While not specifically mentioned, it appears AMD and Bethesda have teamed up for the holiday season. The promotion is in effect now and runs through December 31, 2017. It is a nice bonus that adds up to $100 of value, based on regular MSRPs—when not on sale, Wolfenstein II retails for $60 and Prey goes for $40. Both happen to be on sale right now through Steam, for $30 and $20, respectively. Before this promotion,... Read more...
Now that Radeon RX Vega 56 and Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics card pricing has finally settled down to somewhat sane levels after months of mind-numbing $100+ price premiums for reference cards, we are beginning to see a slow trickle of custom cards from the usual suspects. Earlier this week, PowerColor opened preorders for its custom Radeon RX Vega 64 Red Devil, and now it's XFX's turn with its Radeon RX Vega Double Edition graphics cards. The cards are available in RX Vega 56 and RX Vega 64 SKUs, and are shorter in length than typical reference boards. The cards were teased earlier this month, but now we have official specs for both. However, those that were expecting to see higher clock frequencies... Read more...
When it comes to AMD's Radeon RX Vega family of graphics cards, we haven't seen much [yet] as far as custom boards go. Sure, we've seen a custom board from ASUS and Gigabyte's Radeon RX Vega 64 GAMING OC, but that's about it. Thankfully, the folks over at XFX are teasing an upcoming Radeon RX Vega card, and it's quite the looker. Our first look at the card comes thanks to Mark Regimbal, community manager over at XFX, who posted images to reddit.  The first thing that caught our attention is most definitely the twin red fans, which are ensconced in a carbon fiber-esque shroud. It's a dramatic departure from the rather Plain Jane look of the single-fan reference Radeon RX Vega cards that we've... Read more...
AMD is still trying to get a handle on Radeon RX Vega production in the wake of the cryptocurrency craze that is contributing to a shortage of graphics cards in general. In the meantime, it appears that AMD's hardware partners are readying custom designed cards with fancy cooling solutions and, in some cases, factory overclocks, among other features not found on AMD's reference cards (such as RGB lighting). Look for them to hit store shelves next month (hopefully)A French-language website says it was informed by a source that custom designed cards from the likes of Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI will not arrive until mid-October. The wording (which has been translated by Google) suggests that the middle... Read more...
AMD graphics cards are no stranger to BIOS modifications to “unlock” previously unsupported functionality. Back in April, we reported of enthusiasts flashing Radeon RX 480 GPUs with the BIOS from the RX 580 in order to unleash additional performance. Now we’re hearing that the AMD’s new Radeon RX Vega 56 is ripe for BIOS modification. Some rather enterprising folks first attempted to install a Vega 64 BIOS onto a Vega 56 in an effort to unlock additional compute units. However, these efforts were thwarted, as it appears the inactive CUs cannot be restored using BIOS trickery. However, flashing a Vega 56 with the BIOS from a Vega 64 did have one beneficial side effect: it bumped up the default... Read more...
Raja Koduri, head of AMD's Radeon Technologies Group, is back in the United States after spending two weeks in India, a combination of a vacation and visiting AMD's engineering sites in Hyderabad and Bangalore. While he was gone, there has been much chatter about AMD's recently launched Radeon RX Vega 64 and Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics card for gamers, including perceived price hikes and supply falling short of demand. If you are wondering what Koduri's take is on all that has transpired, you need only visiting his Twitter stream. "I try to stay away from social media while traveling to be present where I am! Sometimes successfully. Looks like folks missed me too much," Koduri joked on Twitter,... Read more...
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... Read more...
There are not a whole of Radeon RX Vega graphics cards to choose from at the moment (pretty typical following a launch), but that is going to change. So too will the lack of custom cooled Vega cards by AMD's hardware partners. ASUS alone is prepping a handful of Vega cards, including several under its Republic of Gamers (ROG) banner (and a rumored dual-GPU model). After having strutted out a bunch of Radeon RX Vega 64 cards at the end of July, ASUS has put up products pages for two Radeon RX Vega 56 parts. These are both ROG cards. The include the ROG Strix RV Vega 56 (ROG-STRIX-RXVEGA56-8G-GAMING) with 8GB of HBM2 memory on a 2,048-bit bus. ASUS does not list clockspeeds for this particular... Read more...
In case you haven’t been keeping up, late last month AMD officially announced the consumer version of its Vega-based graphics cards to much fanfare. With prices starting at $399 for the Radeon RX Vega 56, $499 for Radeon Vega RX 64 Air Cooled and topping out at $699 for the Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid Cooled, AMD is playing squarely in territory currently occupied by NVIDIA’s higher-end GeForce GTX 10 graphics cards. As it turns out, late this week AMD finally had a shipment delivered to us that contained a graphics card presentation unlike any other we've seen to date. Luckily for us, we’ve got our hands on both the Radeon RX Vega 56 and the air-cooled version of the Radeon RX Vega 64. As... Read more...