Date: Monday , March 05, 2018
Last month we evaluated our first AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 custom-retail video card in the form of the ASUS ROG STRIX RX Vega 64 O8G GAMING video card. That video card had an MSRP of $649.99 and took the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 GPU to new heights in terms of gaming performance and overclocking. We were very impressed with the ASUS offering, and it did provide some overclocking headroom, pushing the RX Vega GPU as far as possible.
Today we follow that review with the little brother to the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64, with the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 and ASUS’ implementation of it in the form of the ASUS ROG STRIX RX Vega 56 O8G GAMING video card. MSRP on this one is $549.99. Let’s see how far this one can push Radeon RX Vega 56.
Before we talk about the card we are reviewing, let’s quickly go over the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 since it has been six months since we’ve evaluated one. The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 was launched in late August of 2017 as the cut-down version of the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 targeting a less expensive market. The MSRP was $399.
Now, at the time this was an exciting announcement in price and would have been if that price had been maintained. As we all know, this has not been the case. Shortages and cryptomining have driven up demand, and prices when available have skyrocketed. The video card has never really been at the prescribed MSRP, and that is a shame for a video card that could have been incredible at this price point. Out of the two Vega GPUs enthusiasts were highly looking forward to the potential of overclocking this video card. Unfortunately, here we are six months later only now being able to review our first custom video card to that end.
The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 GPU utilizes 56 compute units, 3,584 Stream Processors, 64 ROPs and 224 Texture Units. The base clock is set at 1156MHz and the boost clock is set at 1471MHz. There is 8GB of HBM2 clocked at 800MHz. The TDP is 210W.
In terms of competition this video card initially was set to go against the GeForce GTX 1070 which also had an MSRP of $399. However, to compete even further in November of 2017 NVIDIA released the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti at $449.99.
In our evaluation today, it is the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti we are going to utilize. You will see as we continue, that on performance, this comparison makes sense. The ASUS ROG STRIX RX Vega 56 O8G GAMING needs the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti to be competitive. Also, with the MSRP at $549.99 it more closely matches GTX 1070 Ti. This is the closest performance to performance comparison you can get. In the review above, it was a difficult comparison for the Radeon RX Vega 56, but today, with the custom retail ASUS ROG STRIX card, it is not, this needs to be seen.
Take everything we learned about the ASUS ROG STRIX RX Vega 64 O8G GAMING video card and apply it to this one. The ASUS ROG STRIX RX Vega 56 O8G GAMING is exactly the same as its big brother, except using the Radeon RX Vega 56 GPU with different clock speeds.
The ROG STRIX RX Vega 56 O8G GAMING will operate at a base clock of 1297MHz and a boost clock of 1573MHz. Remember the reference Radeon RX Vega 56 runs at a base clock of 1156MHz and boost clock of 1471MHz. Now, this isn’t the actual speed you will get in-game. The clock speed will never actually go past the boost clock. Read page 3 to find out the actual clock speed and how it compares to a reference Radeon RX Vega 56.
The ROG STRIX RX Vega 56 O8G GAMING comes with 8GB of HBM 2 at 800MHz. There is one DVI-D port, two HDMI and two DisplayPorts. You will need two 8-pin PCIe power connectors for operation. The length is 11.73 inches.
You will find all of ASUS latest technology on board with Super Alloy Power II technology and components. There is Aura Sync Lighting and a backplate. There is the ASUS FanConnect II system to control fans by GPU temp. The heatsink has 40% more heat dissipation area and better connection to GPU. The three fans are custom Wing-Blade fans with 0dB operation. There really isn’t a lot to talk about, ASUS has put all the latest technology into the STRIX line and this video card is exactly like the Radeon RX Vega 64 version.