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The RX Vega 64 Owners Thread

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Kaapstad, 14 Aug 2017.

  1. Dave2150

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 31 Oct 2002

    Posts: 7,783

    Ah ok, so hearsay. Remember OCUK sold thousands of cards on launch day, as confirmed by Gibbo, so 2 reported faulty cards (that we know of) is probably within the normal figures for complex electronics.
     
  2. Gerard

    Caporegime

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 34,955

    Location: Ireland

    Possibly 3, just a bit odd they're the higher clocked liquid cooled versions. Also, they said they had about a thousand cards for launch which is a bit less than "thousands" :p (which i still find a dubious claim as they were out of stock in minutes despite limiting numbers).
     
  3. Dave2150

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 31 Oct 2002

    Posts: 7,783

    No, Gibbo did not not say they had "about" a thousand, he said over.



    Fact is there have been over a thousand cards sold at one retailer. I'd imagine hundreds of thousands worldwide. We'd know by now if Vega had high numbers of faulty cards, I think you're making a mountain out of a molehill.
     
  4. Gerard

    Caporegime

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 34,955

    Location: Ireland

    Over a thousand still isn't "thousands" as you said, 1001 is over a thousand, still a long way off "thousands". As for the faulty cards, i just find it interesting its a few of the high clocked cards that have developed faults. Not saying there's some kind of problem with them, they're just harder to come by and the people waiting on replacements could be waiting a while. :)
     
  5. nashathedog

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 12 Sep 2013

    Posts: 8,992

    Location: Knowhere

    I've only one got the one and don't know any gamers locally.

    We'll get new cards one day. :)

    The OCUK gent on the phone said I was best off getting a refund due to the lack of stock, I paid £780 for a Powercolor model which was too much but I was willing to live with that if the card had worked properly, I wish I hadn't cancelled my day one order for a £640 Sapphire one, Now I'll wait for the aftermarket models and see what's on offer.

    I think you mean me, One of the phone guy's at OCUK told me there was only 30 of the Aqua packs at the reduced price the day after the release when I phoned to see why I hadn't got a DPD delivery email.
     
  6. MDPlatts

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    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: 2nd City - Manchester.

    Who would have it on anything other than the default RED colour? :D
     
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  7. MDPlatts

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    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: 2nd City - Manchester.

    Yes two cables should be used from separate outputs on the PSU.

    People also need to check the PSU specs (often shown on the sticker on the PSU or on its box/manual) as some PSU's can deliver sufficient current (Amps) only on different rails and hence the card should be spread across 2 or more (mobo too) rails where you plug the end of the cable into the PSU.

    Whilst some high current PSU's can deliver it all on one rail where it doesn't matter - but you should still use two cables - no daisy chaining even if using Molex/SATA to 8-pin PCIe adaptors.
     
  8. Kaapstad

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    I bet it is to do with the HBM memory as it is very delicate and a nightmare to work anywhere near when fitting waterblocks for example.

    This is based on my time with the Fury Xs and I am hoping that HBM2 is a bit more robust.

    I had 2 dud Fury Xs out of 6 in total, both due to faulty memory chips.
     
  9. Chewie

    Hitman

    Joined: 6 Oct 2009

    Posts: 552

    Location: London

    I wouldn't say it's very loud no, just that on load you can hear it as it doesn't have a pleasant acoustic signature. I'm also thinking about replacing the fan, just haven't figured out what would be best way yet.

    Regarding putting the rad in a push-pull configuration (with one of the fan being the default AMD one) as it was suggested earlier in this thread I've tried and it's not worth it. Only gain 1-2°C and noise wise it hasn't changed the behaviour of the AMD fan in any way :(
     
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  10. Chewie

    Hitman

    Joined: 6 Oct 2009

    Posts: 552

    Location: London

    Have you tried running it with the secondary BIOS (which makes the card run basically as a non-AIO Vega 64 power wise)? Apparently the difference is minimal performance wise but it drastically reduces power consumption and so helps a lot when it comes to stability.
     
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  11. CapitalOne

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 23 Nov 2014

    Posts: 1,627

    Location: The Cronx

    Me - to match my blue theme of course! Shame about the big red Radeon!

    Anyway some more thoughts after playing for 2 hours. System is:

    4790K @ 4.4 Stock volts
    16gb 1866 DDR3
    MSI Z97
    VEGA64 air - was an RX480 8GB
    2560x1080

    Benchmarks - much higher numbers - about a 50% improvement e.g. Heaven score 1450 odd to 2200. Firestrike etc the same.
    Games - PUBG was running around 50-70 fps, same settings now 90-140 fps - 85C. BF1 MP stuck at the max 60 online, but never dips and AB shows VEGA running at about 70% usage, sitting about 70C.

    From Corsair Link - having been running the above max power in 520W max out 495W. GPU temp max 85C min 35C, GPU Fan max 2440 min 623 (even though a blower, very impressed with the lack of noise).

    It's definately the boost my freesync setup needed, if a little expensive (I bought the £579 Powercolour). My gsync setups were there about 2 years ago though. Still overall, I'm happy!

    PS: not fiddled with anything yet, all stock.
     
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  12. melmac

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    Ah, well, it was just a suggestion. At least you are getting your money back. It might work out better for you though, if you decide to buy another Vega when they are next in stock they will probably be cheaper.

    Sometimes people are just unlucky too. When I bought my MST 680 GTX, I had to return 3 of them before I got a working card :( I was using onboard graphics for the most part of 2 months.
     
  13. MDPlatts

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    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: 2nd City - Manchester.

    Heretic!!

    I think I read somewhere you can remove the shroud without removing any warranty-void screws (but not all manufacturers might be the same) - the RED might just be a piece of RED plastic and you could change it to something BLUE instead. But it could be some RED LED' too :(

    Maybe look for some disassembly pictures to see if that might be a route.

    M.
     
  14. Dave2150

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    Joined: 31 Oct 2002

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    How do you know they had faulty memory chips? Did you get a report from the repair/RMA centre, or are you just assuming?

    Did the cards only become faulty after you removed the stock thermal solution and fitted waterblocks?
     
  15. Dave2150

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    Ah I see. I was also considering cancelling and waiting for a aftermarket one, though I like the look of the blushed aluminium shroud and backplate far too much to contemplate waiting. Plus initial reports of the Asus Strix 3 fan cooler aren't that impressive - still runs very hot. These cards need water for low temperatures and silence imo.

    I'd consider paying £700 for a Gigabyte Liquid cooled card, due to the 3 year warranty, though £800 is out of the question, so I'll just wait for the Sapphire one to come in at £640 on my preorder now.
     
  16. Neutral

    Gangster

    Joined: 10 Jan 2013

    Posts: 142

    Location: London

    That's really crap mate, sorry to hear, which board vendor did you purchase from? Hope I don't get back from holiday to my dk04 and a doa vega 64
     
  17. CapitalOne

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 23 Nov 2014

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    Location: The Cronx

    Thanks matey - for that the "botherometer" needs to move past the "can be arsed" marker!
     
  18. nashathedog

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    I haven't but I'm not interested in spending £780 on a card that can't be run at it's stated spec so even if I could get around it that way I wouldn't want to.

    I wish I hadn't sold my Fury Tri-x when I did but luckily I haven't got around to putting my 1060 on the MM yet so I'm okay for now.

    AMD didn't hold back when designing the card's casing, They look amazing, So I'm likely to buy another reference AIO if they're made available before the non reference land.

    It was a PowerColor model, I've got my Fingers crossed for you.



    Thankyou to everyone for the suggestions
     
  19. JediFragger

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 24,592

    Location: Stoke-on-Trent

    Can't blame you man, I'd be pretty peeved if I'd have spent that much for it to not work as intended. Feel for ya :(

    Glad you still have the 1060 though!! Not ideal but it's something :)
     
  20. schneeb

    Gangster

    Joined: 4 Jun 2016

    Posts: 242

    The only warranty void sticker is one of the the 4 main screws holding the heatsink; you can take the shroud off without the heatsink but its a PITA!