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AMD RX Vega GPUs released along with a new AMDGPU-PRO Driver

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The brand new line of AMD GPUs are upon us, with the release of AMD RX Vega along with a new AMDGPU-PRO Driver.

To enable Vega to play nicely on Linux, you either need the PRO driver with it's limited distribution support, or a custom kernel with the AMD DC patches, which Vega requires. I really don't think that's a good state, since Mesa is generally better supported than the PRO driver now and getting a custom Kernel isn't exactly user friendly. Hopefully it won't be too long before the patches AMD needs get accepted, so we don't have to mess around with any of that nonsense.

Vega currently comes in three flavours:
  • Radeon RX Vega 64 (liquid cooled): 8GB HBM2 VRAM, clock speed of 1406MHz (boost 1677Mhz) TDP 345 watts

  • Radeon RX Vega 64 (air cooled): 8GB HBM2 VRAM, clock speed of 1247MHz (boost 1546MHz), TDP 295 watts

  • Radeon RX Vega 56: 8GB HBM2 VRAM, clock speed of 1156MHz (boost 1471MHz), TDP 210 watts


I should note, that only Vega 64 is available to buy now as the Radeon RX Vega 56 doesn't launch until August 28th, but the embargo has lifted on all of it today.

We don't have any benchmarks, since we have no AMD contacts. However, Phoronix has a few since AMD sent him hardware. Seems like they perform pretty well in most cases, but their Vulkan performance was a little underwhelming.

Will you be getting one? I'm still totally unsure who I will be going with next, but the performance does seem enticing. Luckily my 980ti will likely last until the generation after this.
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vipor29 14 August 2017 at 4:14 pm UTC
i have a gtx 970 for now,i would literally have to upgrade my monitor to 1440p if i upgrade because 1080p is just too low for cards like that.i saw the performance the vega 56 and 64 can do and its pretty much on par with a gtx 1070 and 1080.so i think im gonna wait this one out.
lejimster 14 August 2017 at 4:30 pm UTC
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Still can't see these cards even for pre-order in the UK.
*Scratch that, they've finally started appearing. Just not coming up on google shopping the last time I checked.* I'm thinking of picking up the 56 with a custom cooler if it isn't ridiculously overpriced. I think there is quite a bit more to come with optimisations and features to be enabled.


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Linas 14 August 2017 at 5:24 pm UTC
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I intended to buy an RX 580, but they are completely sold out, or sold at prices not much lower than Vega. So I will get Vega instead. But I think I will wait for 56, because 64 seems overpowered for what I need.

Available in Denmark for about €540, which is quite reasonable. https://www.komplett.dk/kampagne/41019/amd-vega
opera 14 August 2017 at 6:23 pm UTC
TDP of 345 Watts is just insane.
Plintslîcho 14 August 2017 at 6:49 pm UTC
Should I move close to a power plant with a direct connection I might consider getting one of those new AMD GPUs. But for the time being I'm fine with my nVidia GTX 970.

Seriously, there aren't enough games that I play that would justify getting such a powerful (and power guzzling) graphics card. Besides, I just build myself a new computer around a Ryzen CPU and that was quite a rough ride. I definitely have had enough of trying something "new" and AMD for now.


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slaapliedje 14 August 2017 at 7:02 pm UTC
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operaTDP of 345 Watts is just insane.

Good god, isn't the idea of new tech to take less power, but be more powerful?
Luke_Nukem 14 August 2017 at 8:18 pm UTC
operaTDP of 345 Watts is just insane.

That's more than my house water pump uses. That's more than *all* the LED lights in my house. That's more than my TV and PS4 combined. That's more than 3x the usage of my current PC. That's almost as much as our house uses at night with gf watching TV and me coding.

That's a fucking insane amount of power to be drawing! I sure as shit won't be getting one.
mirv 14 August 2017 at 9:09 pm UTC
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I'll likely end up with something like the Vega 56. Of course, by the time I get around to it there might be a hardware refresh or two, so who knows. Still, it'll definitely be AMD for me - drivers are the clincher.
natewardawg 14 August 2017 at 9:58 pm UTC
I might get one in a few months if I have the cash to spare. Sounds exciting!
TheRiddick 14 August 2017 at 10:17 pm UTC
In all they perform at 1070 levels, neglecting bioshock inf which has special sauce optimizations which 99.99% of other games don't get. VEGA certainly doesn't impress me because I'm a 4k gamer, but those at 1080p and 1440p should be happy with them, BIG cards however, needs a BIG PSU!
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