Byline: Sharil Abdul Rahman
A High-End Radeon At Last
We have been waiting for this moment; Team Red has finally made a worthy high-end graphics card and it is called the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64. The 64 stands for the 64 compute units in the GPU, and paired with 8GB High Bandwidth memory (HBM) which has a bandwidth of 484 GB/s. That is a lot of data being transferred to render your game frames.
Full-On Gaming Power
Thanks to the new core, the Vega 64 can go toe-to-toe with the GTX 1080 with little problem, as most AAA games are rendered beautifully with the GPU. Most of the titles will give you the coveted 60fps gaming with no sweat – this is with the resolution at 1440p mind you. Pair this with a suitable Freesync monitor and see your games run buttery smooth on screen. Plus, this card is both 4K and VR-ready.
Big Power Draw
Unfortunately, AMD still need to tweak the power curves on the Vega 64. In the manual, AMD states that you need at least a 750w power supply to run this beast, otherwise you will experience system crashes. Of course, if your system already has a 1,000W PSU, this is not a problem per se.
Powerful and Hot
It is advisable that your PC has enough airflow in the case as the card we reviewed did heat up to the touch after intense use. Unfortunately, not many third-party designs are available for the Vega 64, so the stock blower-cooler is used instead. However, if you’re into VR games, the Vega 64 comes with three DisplayPlay 1.4 and one HDMI 2.0 for output. This is more than enough for a VR setup.
Hot and power hungry, but a great high-end graphics card to own