AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 and 64 Graphics Card Unboxing Roundup
So AMD’s marketing department is trying a lot of unique things this time around. Not only was the Ryzen Threadripper press kit absolutely fantastic, they have added another date into the NDA contract. The unboxing embargo is the date where reviewers can freely show off the cards to the audience to build up anticipation regarding the RX Vega GPUs. Interestingly however, the 3 variants of the RX Vega appear to have been distributed amongst the available reviewers – so different pubs will have received different variants.
Embargo for ‘Unboxing’ of the RX Vega 56 and 64 has lifted, here is a roundup of unpacking content from various reviewers
Just like the Threadripper review kit contained souvenirs for the reviewers, the Vega kit is no different. Not only is the crystallized Vega logo present in the kit but reviewers will also get a GPU die (one which is presumably dysfunctional). Since this is an unboxing roundup article, without any further ado, I will let the content speak for itseld:
Check out the Radeon RX Vega unboxing on the following sites (all images below are courtesy of these sites):
- PCGamesHardware – Photos of the entire Vega linup
- Computerbase – Air cooled variant shots
- TweakTown – Liquid cooled variant with mining performance review coming up
- Tomshardware – Aftermarket liquid cooling solutions!
- Hothardware – Good closeups of the RX Vega 64 box
- Nordichardware – Excellent unboxing content and full video
The Radeon RX Vega 64 will be powered by dual 8 pin connectors and takes two slots worth of space. Display outputs include a single HDMI and triple DisplayPort connectors. On the back of AMD’s flagship graphics card, we can see the GPU Tachometer switches and LEDs. These tell the load of the GPU itself while the switches let you control the colors (Blue or Red) or disable the LEDs all together. The card is about the same length as the GeForce GTX Titan X and Titan Xp.
The graphics chip will be utilizing the latest 14nm GFX9 core architecture which is based on the NCU (Next Compute Engine) design and measures approximately 484mm2. The Vega 10 graphics core deploys 12.5 billion transistors. The graphics chip will feature 64 Compute Units or 4096 stream processors and 256 TMUs. AMD plans on increasing the throughput of the chip through increased clock speeds. This will allow AMD to pump numbers better than the Fiji GPU which is based on the 28nm GCN 3.0 architecture and comes with the same number of cores, 4096 SPs.
The RX Vega 56, as the name suggests, has 56 CUs with a stream processor count of 3,584. The Radeon RX Vega 56 will also feature 8 GB of HBM2 VRAM which will deliver a rated bandwidth of 410 GB/s along a 2048-bit bus interface. It will be using HBM2 just like its big brother and will retail for $$399. The chip will feature a total compute horsepower of 10.5 TFLOPs (FP32) and will feature a TDP of 210W which will be provided through an 8 and 6 pin power connector configuration.
This means that it is competitively priced to go against the GTX 1070 which originally retailed for $449. If these numbers are true than we are easily looking at one of the performance per $ leaders of this generation. Just like the R9 290 and the Fury, it looks like AMD has reserved the value sweet spot for the second most powerful GPU in its lineup.
The default clocks on the Vega 56 are at 1471 MHz for the boost, which is significantly lower than the Vega 64 Liquid Cooled edition at 1677 MHz. This implies that with proper aftermarket cooling on the reference edition (or the custom variants themselves) AMD has left quite a lot of room for overclocking support on the brand new Vega GPU. In any case, if this report is true, then we should see NVIDIA shedding price on the 1070 and probably the 1080 as well to make it more competitive with the Vega 56.
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 Launch Prices (Credits: Videocardz):
|GPU Name||AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 Reference||AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 Limited||AMD Radeon RX Vega Liquid|
|Official MSRP||499 USD||599 USD||699 USD|
|ShopBlt (US)||650 USD||650 USD||758 USD|
|LambdaTek (UK)||703 GBP||703 GBP||789 GBP|
|Mdcomputers (India)||71,500 INR||72,725 INR||85,350 INR|
|PCThemes (Singapore)||999 SGD||999 SGD||1149 SGD|
|Eurozone||599 EUR||599 EUR||699 EUR|
|Japan||73,800 YPN||73,800 YPN||85,800 YPN|