Thanks to Asus, we’ll be taking a quick look at their ROG Strix Radeon RX Vega 64 Graphics Card.
The Asus ROG Strix Radeon RX Vega 64 uses the latest Vega 10 GPU Architecture from AMD, and boasts 64 compute units and 4096 stream processors. Standard GPU clock rate operates at 1298 MHz with a boost of 1590 MHz. It also features 8GB of HBM2 (higher bandwidth memory) at 945 MHz (effective 1890 MHz) with a memory interface of 2048-bit and a bandwidth of 484 GB/s. All-in-all, the specs does look impressive. We shall see how these numbers will equate to real-life performance.
In recent months (mostly in 2017) AMD have made headlines with their Ryzen desktop processors. It’s their comeback product in direct competition against Intel. And I have to say they did a great job. These Ryzen processors offer the best bang for your buck, in terms of performance, price and availability. Take for example the Ryzen 1800X … it could perform almost the same as the Intel Core i9-7900X, and in some cases better for literally half the price.
Unfortunately, on the graphics card front, AMD is still lacking behind Nvidia (by almost 2 generations). The RX 480 and RX 580 did not do very well last year, and it seems that their latest so called “flagship” graphics card, featuring the Vega 10 GPU Architecture can only muster performance that’s slightly better than a GeForce GTX 1070. To this date, the GeForce GTX 1080/1080Ti is still king of the hill.
OK, we’re not here to debate AMD vs Nvidia … we’ll leave that for another day. So let’s move on and find out what the Asus ROG Strix Radeon RX Vega 64 can give us, in terms of performance, price and features.
ROG Strix RX VEGA64 gaming graphics cards are packed with exclusive ASUS technologies, including all-new MaxContact Technology that is 2X more contact with GPU for improved thermal transfer, and Patented Wing-Blade IP5X-Certified Fans for maximum airflow and longer fan lifespan. While ASUS FanConnect II features 4-pin, hybrid-controlled headers connected to system fans for optimal system cooling. ASUS Aura Sync RGB LED synchronization enables a gaming system personalization and VR-friendly HDMI ports let gamers easily enjoy immersive virtual reality experiences. ROG Strix RX VEGA64 also has GPU Tweak II with XSplit Gamecaster that provides intuitive performance tweaking and instant gameplay streaming.
We’ll start by saying a big thanks to Asus ROG for providing the review sample. This is a snippet from what ROG has to say about themselves on their website:
For years since its establishment, ASUS aimed to put an ever-greater emphasis on PC gaming. This process resulted in the 2006 founding of the Republic of Gamers brand (ROG), formed for the sole purpose of delivering the most innovative hardcore hardware for truly dedicated gamers.
Since then, the efforts of the ROG team have led to a constant flow of PC gaming technology that has become legendary among enthusiasts for its performance. ROG is more than just hardware, though – we take an active part in the global gaming community, helping develop the industry by sponsoring events such as PAX and Dreamhack. Worldwide media have recognized ROG as a leader in PC gaming and overclocking performance, with many of our products winning awards and gaining very positive feedback from hardware pros.
With this great response from gamers and the industry, ROG has all the resources it needs to keep working on enabling even better experiences – technology never sleeps, nor should the action!
Here’s a quick comparison table of the various Radeon RX series of graphics cards…
|RX 480||RX 580||RX Vega 56||RX Vega 64|
|GPU Architecture||Polaris 10||Polaris 20||Vega 10||Vega 10|
|Base Frequency||1120 Mhz||1257 MHz||1156 MHz||1247 MHz|
|Boost Frequency||1266 Mhz||1340 MHz||1471 MHz||1546 MHz|
|Memory Speed||1750 Mhz||8 Gbps (effective)||1600 MHz||1890 MHz|
|Memory Type||GDDR5||GDDR5||8 GB HBM2||8 GB HBM2|
|Memory Bandwidth||224 GB/s||256 GB/s||410 GB/s||484 GB/s|
Performance-wise, I expect the Radeon RX Vega 64 to match, if not better than the GeForce GTX 1070. Yes, we’re only comparing it with the GTX 1070 and not the GTX 1080/1080 Ti. That’s because the GeForce GTX 1080/1080 Ti is still one of the best performing graphics card out you can get.
Let’s start by taking a look at the specifications and features of the Asus ROG Strix Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics card on our next page.
You can buy the Asus ROG Strix Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics card for around USD $550-580 from various e-tailers such as Newegg.