For a while now, NVIDIA has had the upper hand with best gaming performance from graphics cards. AMD’s fastest Polaris cards could only go head on with the GTX 1060 at best. But now that the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 is released, AMD is aiming it towards the fastest single GPU from NVIDIA- the GTX 1080.
Design and Features
The development of the Vega GPU architecture started back since the days of the Radeon Fury products. And with AMD finally making the new Vega graphics series official, there are a total of four different variants that are currently available: the Radeon RX Vega 64, the Radeon RX Vega 56, the Radeon RX Vega 64 Limited Edition Liquid cooled version and the Radeon RX Vega 64 Limited Edition (Air-Cooled). While the Vega 56 is meant to take on the GTX 1070, the Radeon RX Vega 64 is designed to match the performance of the faster GTX 1080. The liquid cooled version is a special variant with faster clock speeds and integrated AIO cooling (similar to the Fury X).
The Radeon RX Vega 64 resembles the reference AMD Radeon RX 480 that we had reviewed a year back. It’s a simple looking shroud design with a rubber-like mesh skin on the front panel, along with the blower-style fan. There are two “RADEON” insignias, one of which is located on the front side (left) and the other on the upper part of the card. Only the one on the top lights up with red-colored LEDs.
AMD also borrowed the GPU Tach LED lights from the Fury X, and you can now choose between blue or red color. We guess the blue has to do with the Frontiers Edition Vega GPU that was announced a bit earlier. The switch to toggle between the colors are located on the rear backplate. You can also turn off the GPU Tach LEDs with this switch.
The backplate is just a plain and simple looking, with no fancy designs printed over it. It’s no surprise that the Vega 64 needs two full-blown 8-pin power connectors to support the 295W TDP.
Oh! And did we forget to mention that there is another switch above the LED-lit RADEON logo? The switch is meant to toggle between two different BIOS to lower the TDP from the base mode.
The ports on the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 include a trio of Display Port 1.4’s and only one HDMI 2.0 port. We think there should have been at least two HDMI 2.0 ports to begin with, something that will surely be offered by custom OEM card makers.
While the design of the RX Vega 64 is quite simplistic, the packaging of the card is special on all fronts. After flip-opening the box from four corners, we got to see a product guide that’s printed in high-quality paper, a Radeon wrist band, couple of stickers and a crystal glass-cube with the “V” Vega logo engraved within it.
While the glass-piece can be used to showcase that your system has a Vega inside, there is one more thing that we found very interesting. It’s an unusable Vega 64 GPU die that’s mostly included as a showpiece compliment.