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.


Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Check out our Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Preview for information game settings and our run-through. We are using the full release game with the latest patch installed. We will be using the best in-game settings including Temporal AA and MSAA. The game version is v1.19 build 801.0.

A Note on Testing

How we are going to do this is simple, we are going to evaluate a mix of DX12 and DX11 games, starting with DX12 games and in alphabetical order. In games where we can do both DX11 and DX12 we will do both, like this game below.

All data is apples-to-apples matched by what was playable on the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56. The GeForce GTX 1070 FE video card is then matched to the same highest playable settings as the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 for apples-to-apples performance comparison.

Highest Playable Settings - DX11

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The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 was playable in this game at 1440p with the "Very High" global graphics setting option. This is one step down from "Ultra" settings, so it is not the highest in-game settings possible. We were however able to manually increase texture size back to "Ultra" quality and turn on 16X AF. Therefore, those two settings were at the highest, but everything else was one notch down from the highest setting. This allowed a very smooth gameplay experience with high minimum framerates.

When we compared the GeForce GTX 1070 FE to Vega 56 at these same settings we actually find the GTX 1070 is slower! That’s right, AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 is 11% faster in this game, even in DX11. Quite simply Radeon RX Vega 56 just runs this game better.

Highest Playable Settings - DX12

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In DX12 there is only a slight drop-off in performance with AMD Radeon RX Vega 56. However, there is a bigger drop-off in performance with GTX 1070 under DX12 versus DX11.

It makes it so that now Radeon RX Vega 56 is now 18% faster than GeForce GTX 1070 in DX12 in this game. That’s a very significant difference.