AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 Video Card Review

We put the new AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 to the test in twelve games against the competition in DX12, DX11, and Vulkan to find out if this new video card offers a value. We will also overclock the video card and see if there is any extra potential for gamers.


Evaluation Method

We evaluate what the card being evaluated can supply us in terms of a playable gaming experience while supplying the best culmination of resolution and "eye candy" graphical settings. We focus on quality and immersion of the gameplay experience rather than how many frames per second the card can get in a canned benchmark or prerecorded timedemo situation that often do not represent real gameplay like you would experience at home. Then we will follow with apples-to-apples testing in with minimum, maximum, and average framerates.

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For all NVIDIA GPUs we are using the latest driver which is GeForce 385.28 WHQL.

For the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 we are using AMD supplied Beta drivers for press release. The driver installation package is labeled: "Win10-64Bit-Radeon-RX-Vega-Software-17.30.1051-B4-Aug7.exe." There is a newer Beta6a driver AMD made available only for overclocking, which we will use for the overclock testing, it simply opens up WattMan for testing.

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Driver Default Settings

We are using the driver default settings in Radeon Settings. Currently AMD’s feature High-Bandwidth Cache Controller is set to "Disabled" in the software by default. This feature does not work yet. We are also using the default "Balanced" Power Profile in the driver settings for testing.