SAPPHIRE NITRO+ RX Vega 56 Video Review: Big, Bold, and Unapologetic

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Dec 23, 2017
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PRODUCT INFO

SAPPHIRE NITRO+ Radeon RX Vega 56 Limited Edition

12-15-2017
Type Graphics Card
Price $569.99

It has been a long time coming, and still not the easiest of graphics cards to get your hands on, but we’ve had a bit of time to work with the SAPPHIRE NITRO+ Radeon RX Vega 56 Limited Edition.  In a previous video we took a detailed look at the card and what makes it different over something like the reference model, you can find it here.

 

But today we’re digging into the full performance review with this new video.  We cover both stock out-of-the-box performance as well as optimized performance.  We didn’t have time to go for full out overclocking results as well, but the tweaked performance seemed to be what most people were asking for. Don’t worry, power draw figures are included, and rather surprising.

SAPPHIRE NITRO+ RX Vega Specifications

ModelSAPPHIRE NITRO+ Radeon RX Vega 64 Limited EditionSAPPHIRE NITRO+ Radeon RX Vega 56
Limited Edition
Memory8 GB HBM28 GB HBM2
Stream Processors40963584
Compute Units6456
Boost Clock1611MHz1572MHz
Base Clock1423MHz1305MHz
Memory945MHz (1890MHz Effective)800MHz (1600MHz Effective)
Cooling system2x 92 mm dual-ball bearing fans running
counter-clockwise (left & right)
1x 80 mm dual-ball bearing fan running
clockwise (middle)
Nominal speed: 0~1500 RPM
Maximum: 3200 RPM
Main module:
Heat pipes (3x 8 mm + 3x 6 mm)
Vapor Chamber
VRM module:
Heat pipes (2x 6 mm)
CU base
2x 92 mm dual-ball bearing fans running
counter-clockwise (left & right)
1x 80 mm dual-ball bearing fan running
clockwise (middle)
Nominal speed: 0~1500 RPM
Maximum: 3200 RPM
Main module:
Heat pipes (3x 8 mm + 3x 6 mm)
Vapor Chamber
VRM module:
Heat pipes (2x 6 mm)
CU base

ETH and XMR Performance

Coin-30% Core, 900MHz Memory, -15% Power LimitPower Load From Wall
ETH39.8 MH/s281w
XMR1300 H/s280w

I know in our first video we showed the NITRO+ V56 mining ETH at more impressive numbers, but we found it to be unstable over time at those settings.

8.25

Big, Bold, and Unapologetic are the best ways to describe this RX Vega 56 card that has no problem fighting with higher tier cards.

Performance8
Value7
Design & Aesthetics9
Features9

Pros

  • Massive Heatsink
  • Silent operation while running very cool
  • External fan control
  • Excellent VRM cooling solution
  • Easy to control RGB
  • Tweaked performance was excellent
  • Comes with graphics card support bracket

Cons

  • Expensive, comparable to GTX 1080 pricing
  • Requires 3x 8pin power connectors
  • Out-of-the-box performance was lower than expected
  • As of the time of publishing very hard to find
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