The recently launched graphics architecture Vega marks AMD’s return to the performance segment, where the top model Radeon RX Vega 64 offers similar performance as the main competitor Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080. The launch also included scaled-down Radeon RX Vega 56, which was awarded the award for good product from SweClockers.
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At the time of release, however, only the Radeon RX Vega 64 was available for sale, something that is now changing in connection with AMD starting the sales start of the Radeon RX Vega 56. First out is the company’s reference design, which means that the card is cooled by the same vapor chamber solution. found on the Radeon RX Vega 64.
The Radeon RX Vega 56 is based on the same circuit as its big brother, but with slightly scaled-down specifications. Under the shell, Vega 10 houses 3,584 stream processors, compared to 4,096 in the full-scale circuit. Furthermore, the clock frequencies are lowered, where the model has a turbo frequency of 1,471 MHz, slightly lower than the 1,546 MHz Radeon RX Vega 64 runs in.
The number of texture units is also scaled down, from 256 in full-size Vega, to 224 in Radeon RX Vega 56. Finally, the memory frequency of the circuit’s 8 GB HBM2 memory is reduced, from 945 MHz to 800 MHz, giving a total memory bandwidth of 410 GB / s .
Like the Radeon RX Vega 64, the RX Vega 56 looks set to be introduced at an initially lower price, as confirmed by a representative of the UK retailer OverclockersUK in a forum post.
Radeon RX Vega 56 is available for advance booking today at a launch price of SEK 4,090. At present, availability is extremely limited, but retailers state that more cards will be in stock in early September.