Sapphire snazzes up the Vega 56

Subject: General Tech | January 17, 2018 - 05:31 PM |
Tagged: sapphire, NITRO+ Radeon RX Vega 56 Limited Edition 8GB HBM2, RX Vega 56, amd

The Sapphire NITRO+ Radeon RX Vega 56 Limited Edition 8GB HBM2 with Tri-X dual ball bearing fans and Vapor Chamber cooling bears a name almost as long as the card itself.  There are some interesting physical features, such as easily removable Tri-X dual ball bearing fans for cleaning and the ability to connect case fans to your card.  The improved cooler design is not able to defeat the overclocking limits which both Vega cards seem to have, however it does ensure very quiet operation which may be a more attractive benefit to some users.  Drop by Overclockers Club for performance details.

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"To make sure that this card performs well under a load, Sapphire slapped a massive Vapor Chamber-based cooling solution on the card. The combination of Sapphire's Tri-X dual ball bearing fans and Vapor Chamber cooling solution make this card one of the coolest running cards I have tested, both stock and overclocked. What makes this cooling performance that much more impressive is that the power consumed by the card is in excess of 300 watts stock and overclocked. Impressive indeed."

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January 17, 2018 | 06:07 PM - Posted by nanoflower (not verified)

Wonderful. Another card that will be available to miners but practically no one else as they will be snatched up as fast as possible by the crypto currency miners. Not a bit bitter, am I. ;)

January 17, 2018 | 07:13 PM - Posted by Daniel Waddell (not verified)

I'm sure it will still be the prettiest GPU in the rack

January 17, 2018 | 08:25 PM - Posted by RidersOnTheGPUsStorm (not verified)

Miners would rather have the smallest card possible to save space get the most cards crammed on a rack! Miners underclock/undervolt to get the least Power-Usage/Best Hash-Rate that is optimal for maximum return on investment. But the miners will be all over this card regardless because they need all the Vega Shaders(Hashing Coins) that they can get their hands on.

If you want to game then Nvidia has the less shaders and more ROPs(GTX 1080Ti has 88 ROPs) compared to The Vega 10 die based Vega 56/64(64 ROPs respectively) or the GTX 1080(also 64 ROPs). So the GTX 1080Ti has the 88 ROPs and the pixel fill rate that comes with those 88 ROPs to really fling the frames out there for gaming.

Miners could mostly care less about ROPs and anything other than compute on the shader cores. So Miners love Vega's shader heavy designs compared to Nvidia's shader defficient designs. An AMD used Vega 64 is going for higher than the price of a New GTX 1080Ti and some Vega 64 owners are selling their use Vega 64 and getting a GTX 1080Ti and still having enough cash remaining on the deal for plenty of pizza and beer while thay game on the Ti.

Vega is a hashing monster and AMD can not make enough! So look at those Brick and Mortar retailers' empty Vega GPU shelvs they look like the bottled water/bread shelves right before a big hurricane, empty as hell.

January 17, 2018 | 10:33 PM - Posted by CNote

Just RMA'd my Vega 64... hope XFX has some to spare

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