Radeon RX VEGA 56 8GB HBM2 PCI-Express Graphics Card - Stand Alone

  • Core Clock: 1156MHz
  • Boost Clock: 1471MHz
  • Memory: 8192MB 800MHz HBM2
  • Stream Processors: 3584
  • DirectX 12 Support
  • Vulkan Support
  • GCN
  • 2 Year Warranty,
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Stock Code: GX-18X-PC

EAN: 4715409189923


Manufacturer: PowerColor

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Radeon RX VEGA 56 8GB HBM2 PCI-Express Graphics Card - Stand Alone

For the Gamers

As a true high-end graphics card for gamers the AMD Radeon RX Vega comes kitted out with a multitude of features and is designed for gaming in 4K as well as immersive VR to give gaming a whole new feel. Originally introduced on the Radeon R9 Fury X, the Texas chip manufacturer utilises 8 GB of revolutionary 2nd generation High Bandwidth Memory (HBM). This card will be of particular interest to PC gamers looking to pair it with a FreeSync monitor for an incredibly smooth and tear-free gaming experience!

The PowerColor Radeon RX Vega 56 offered here provides 8 GB HBM2 memory clocked at 800 MHz and connected to the GPU via a 2048-bit memory bus interface. One of the unique features of HBM memory is the fact that it is located on the GPU die (that is to say, in the graphics chip) and not, as is normally the case, distributed around the GPU. The GPU itself is clocked at 1.156 MHz and can be clocked up to 1.471 MHz in Boost Mode.

The better cooling the GPU receives, the longer it can maintain its boost clocks. The cooling of the PowerColor Radeon RX Vega 56 is provided by a radial-style cooler design. The fan is located in the rear of the card, acting to cool the PCB and then push the air out of the case. The advantage of this style of cooling is that warm air is exhausted directly out of the case.

The Features of the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56:

AMD Radeon
RX Vega 56
  • Brand new Vega architecture
  • Huge 8 GB HBM2-VRAM
  • 56 Next-Gen Compute Units (NCUs; 3.584 Shader)
  • Base Clock: 1.156 MHz
  • Boost Clock: 1.471 MHz
  • High Bandwidth Cache Controller (HBCC)
  • Rapid Packed Math (RPM) on NCUs
  • New Programmable Geometry Pipeline
  • Enhanced Pixel Engine
  • Air-cooled with radial-style fan

The Architecture of AMD Radeon Vega Graphics Cards

The Vega architecture not only contains a variety of optimisation in comparison to the Graphics Core Next architecture of previous generations, instead it represents a completely new element. In this way Vega GPU architecture builds on a foundation consisting of four new pillars:

  • High Bandwidth Cache Controller (HBCC)
  • Rapid Packed Math (RPM) of Next-Gen Compute Units (NCU)
  • New Programmable Geometry Pipeline
  • Enhanced Pixel Engine

High Bandwidth Cache Controller (HBCC)

AMD’s High Bandwidth Cache
Controller (HBCC) The High Bandwidth Cache Controller (HBCC) enables a marked improvement in the effective utilisation of the HBM (High Bandwidth Memory) modules when compared to Fiji-generation GPUs which were the first to benefit from this unique type of memory. The HBC Controller also allows for highly efficient memory control as well as increasing the minimum Frames per Second (FPS) in many games by up to 100% and the maximum FPS by more than 50%. This means the 8 GB HBM2-VRAM of the Radeon RX Vega performs to a similar level as 16 GB of GDDR5!

Next-Gen Compute Unit (NCU) & Rapid Packed Math (RPM)

Rapid Packed Math (RPM) of the Next-Gen Compute Units (NCU) Rapid Packed Math (RPM) is a 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 to allow mathematically-oriented processes to be calculated more quickly. With RPM activated this doubles the number of calculations capable of being carried out per second without requiring additional resources. Rapid Packed Math is of particular benefit to physics-based calculations, as seen in large explosions featuring in games.

New Programmable Geometry Pipeline

The New Programmable Geometry Pipeline
von AMD Vega The new programmable geometry pipeline of the Vega architecture is capable of processing, thanks to its efficient load balancing, many millions of polygons simultaneously. The AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition Air offers a maximum geometry calculation capacity of 11 polygons (with the help of 4 Geometry Units) per clock, doubling that of the Radeon R9 Fury X with its 4 polygons per clock. Modelling applications in particular benefit from this, and furthermore this enables large 3D models to be renders in near real-time.

Enhanced Pixel Engine

The Enhanced Pixel Engine also unleashes an optimised Shade Unit design, one which provides notable performance increases at high resolutions (WQHD, UHD) and in displaying virtual reality. In specific terms the Enhanced Pixel Engine provides a new rasterizer technology which optimises cache localisation while creating more efficient rendering processes.

In order for the card to reach its maximum potential, new drivers should be downloaded and installed at regular intervals from the AMD website.
Technical Details:
  • Dimensions: 283 x 40 x 127 mm (W × H × D)
  • Slot Height: 2-Slot
  • GPU: AMD Radeon Vega ("Vega 10")
    Manufacturing Process: 14 nm
    GPU Frequency: 1.156 MHz
    GPU Frequency (Boost): 1.471 MHz
    Shader Units: 3.584
  • VRAM: 8.192 MB
    Memory Frequency: 800 MHz
    Type: High Bandwidth Generation 2 Memory (HBM2)
    Memory Bus Bandwidth: 2.048 Bit
    Memory Throughput: approx. 410 GB/s
  • Skit Type: PCIe x16 (PCIe / PCIe 2.x / PCIe 3.0)
  • Ports:
    3x DisplayPort 1.4 HBR3/HDR Ready
    1x HDMI
  • Typical Power Usage Under Load: 210 Watt
  • Power Supply Connectors: 2x 8-Pin PCIe
    Recommended Power Supply: min. 750 Watt
  • Features: OpenCL 2.0, OpenGL 4.5, Vulkan API, AMD Eyefinity Technology, AMD PowerTune Technology, AMD FreeSync Technology Support, AMD XConnect Technology

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I am actually seriously impressed

I have been following vega since its first mention 2 years ago, and when released was very very dissapointed with the performance, and the lack of stock and pricing problems.
When i got a vega 56 for £389 and overclocked it soooooo easily (just increasing the power to +50% was enough), and it was beating a 1080 and vega 64 (easily) I was in awe, this card is absolutely amazing, and i have been buying cards for since the 3dfx voodoo graphics card.

It may draw a lot of power, but the performance and cost is worth it and theres hbm2 and features that aren't even being used properly on it yet.
10/10 card

Illuminist 2017-09-15


been a nvidia fanboy all my life, but decided to give one of thease cards ago whist my 1080 ti is replaced, software installation was a brezze as was the hardware side.
playing all moden games at 1440p and WOW i'm only 25-30 fps lower than my 1080ti which was a big suprise, i have to take my hat off to amd and say well done, its a cracking lillte card made better at the price.
i dabbed in a little overclocking but ended up only ajusting the power target (+50) and a extra 50mhz on the hbm2 taking it to 850mhz overall, my cards core clock was able to hit 1579mhz max which averaged at 1532mhz after temps rose to 70 dergess, i set a custom fan curve which is notacible louder under load but i have headphones so didnt notice it XD

honestly amd have managed to create somethig truly special and i may even convert and get a second one in cf and even watercool my whole pc

bottom line get one at lest one if not 2 and enjoy

Dan Borowik 2017-09-05

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