AMD RX Vega 64 Graphics Card Review

The AMD RX Vega series – the much awaited card from the red camp that’s supposed to give the team a fighting chance in the graphics department – so how does it far?

AMD RX Vega 64 Graphics Card Review

Before we look at the benchmarks, here’s a look at the RX Vega that is of AMD’s usual design which is a black box with blower fan.

AMD RX Vega 64 Graphics Card Review

The RX Vega inherits the GPUTach from R9 Fury models where it shows the GPU load.

AMD RX Vega 64 Graphics Card Review

Here’s the GPU-Z for the RX Vega 64.

AMD RX Vega 64 Graphics Card Review

Benchmarks

I did the benchmarks in 1080P and 1440P test and it seems that the RX Vega 64 held itself well with performance around the GTX 1070 Ti and the GTX 1080, note that the GTX 1080 model here is overclocked while the GTX 1070 Ti is on stock. (Nvidia doesn’t allow factory OCed GTX 1070 Ti).

AMD RX Vega 64 Graphics Card Review

AMD RX Vega 64 Graphics Card Review

To sum it up, the RX Vega does pack good performance BUT is that enough?

Thermals and Power Draw

Running Furmark stress test the RX Vega 64 peaked at 85┬░C with fan speed hovering at 63% RPM but being of the reference model the RX Vega 64 is noisy in operation.

If you noticed the RX Vega 64 has 2x 8-pin PCI-E connector and from my test it seems to draw about 277W on load.

The Verdict

The AMD RX Vega 64 – while it delivers good performance, the performance is delivered at a huge penalty. It runs at almost 300W just to deliver the performance around the ballpark of the GTX 1070 Ti and GTX 1080, for the most part it performs like the GTX 1070 Ti.

Factoring in the price of RM 3,199 at SRP the RX Vega 64 costs almost 50% more than the GTX 1070 Ti that’s attainable for as low as RM 2,199 on some models.

All-in-all there’s really no way to recommend the RX Vega 64 for gamers, not at the price point and power draw.

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