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Radeon RX VEGA 56
The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 series of graphics cards are based on AMD’s “Vega” GPU architecture and offer 56 Next-Gen Compute Units (NCUs) and a total of 4.096 shaders. The RX Vega 56 also comes equipped with 8 GB of High Bandwidth 2nd generation Memory (HBM2) with a 2048-bit memory bus interface. AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics cards are designed from the ground up for gaming in Virtual Reality (VR) and at 4K/UHD resolutions.
Water-Cooled AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 Graphics Cards with 2 Year Guarantee
The Overclockers UK Tech Labs Team offers, as usual, a water-cooled version of AMD’s Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics cards. To this end an RX Vega graphics cards of your choosing can be modded to include a monoblock and optional backplate. The advantage of the water-cooled Tech Labs Radeon RX Vega 56 is the 2 year Tech Labs guarantee that replaces the manufacturer’s guarantee. Water-cooling allows the card to maintain optimal temperatures and thereby reach its maximum performance potential. Enthusiast gamers in particular use graphics cards with water-cooling, and water-cooled Radeon RX Vega 56 cards also generally overclock better than air-cooled cards.
AMD’s Radeon Vega Graphics Card Architecture
The Vega graphics card architecture does not only come with a multitude of optimisations in comparison to its predecessor, Graphics Core Next (GCN), but instead returns with a completely new design. Thus the is founded upon four primary developments:
- The High Bandwidth Cache Controller (HBCC) enables a marked improvement in the effective utilisation of HBM (High Bandwidth Memory) in comparison to the Fiji range of GPUs that first used this special type of memory. The HBC Controller enables highly efficient control over the memory and raises the minimum Frames per Second (FPS) in many games by up to 100 percent and the maximum FPS by more than 50 percent. This means the 8 GB HBM2-VRAM on the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics cards performs to a similar level as 16 GB of GDDR5!
- Rapid Packed Math (RPM) is a special feature of the Next-Gen Compute Unit (NCU) and utilises the highly flexible core structure of the new Compute Units. For example RPM accelerates FP16 calculations, allowing mathematical calculations to be performed more quickly. When RPM is activated it doubles the number of calculations carried out per second without using additional resources. Physics calculations in particular, such as explosions in certain games, benefit from Rapid Packed Math.
- The new programmable Geometry Pipeline of the Vega architecture is able to process, thanks to its efficient load distribution, many millions of polygons at the same time. The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics cards offer a maximum geometry calculation capacity of 11 polygons (when using 4 Geometry Units) per clock, thereby offering twice as many as the Radeon R9 Fury X with 4 polygons per clock with 4 Geometry Units. Modelling applications in particular benefit from this along with the ability to render large 3D models is near real-time.
- The term Enhanced Pixel Engine actually emerges from the optimised organisation of the Shader Units, which offers a marked increase in performance at high resolutions (WQHD, UHD) as well as the quality of Virtual Reality (VR) experiences. Specific improvements in the Enhanced Pixel Engine relate to a new rasteriser technology which optimises cache localisation and provides more efficient rendering processes.