Gigabyte has silently added a reference design Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics card to its website, referred to simply as the RX Vega 56 8G. As you would expect, the card doesn’t feature any major custom touch from Gigabyte, so there is nothing truly unique that the card offers.
Powered by AMD’s new Radeon RX Vega 56, the card uses the reference air-cooling system with a vapor chamber design that is a step-up when compared to the blower type design seen on Polaris cards. It features a boost clock of 1471 MHz and a base clock of 1156 MHz. In terms of memory, the card includes 8GB of 2048-bit High Bandwidth Memory (HMB2). Connectivity wise, the card includes 3x DisplayPort 1.4 connectors and 1x HDMI 2.0b. With a rated board power (TDP) of 210W, the Radeon RX Vega 56 8G uses dual 8-pin power connectors to draw power. Gigabyte recommends a 650W PSU for the card.
Unless you are an enthusiast, the Radeon RX Vega 56 actually makes more sense for most gamers. For a lower price than the RX Vega 64, you still get great performance as well as significantly higher power efficiency and lower noise. Quite obviously, the Radeon RX Vega 64 does deliver superior performance in almost all games. However, the RX Vega 56 is actually faster than NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1070, which should satisfy anyone except the most hardcore gamers out there or those of you who simply don’t mind spending a premium for higher performance.
The product page on the Gigabyte website only highlights the following features:
Next Gen Compute Units
These revamped nCUs (1 nCU = 64 stream processors) are designed to operate at incredible clock speeds and deliver extreme gaming experiences with the newest high resolution and high refresh rate monitors.
Revolutionary Memory Engine
State of the art memory system shatters the limitations of traditional GPU memory, to tackle the growing high res texture packs in today’s games.
Optimized Pixel Engine
Optimized rasterizer technology enhances rendering efficiency and leaves more headroom to crank up quality settings while maintaining smooth 3D rendering.
Enhanced Geometry Engine
The enhanced geometry engine can efficiently process millions of polygons that make up your game, helping boost FPS.
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