Radeon RX Vega 56 availability check: just barely

AMD's Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics card, the lowest-priced and most attractive member of the Radeon RX Vega triumvirate, goes on sale today. The extremely limited retail availability of the air- and liquid-cooled versions of the Radeon RX Vega 64 led us to expect that the GeForce GTX 1070-targeting RX Vega 56 could be even harder to find for sale. So far, our findings bear that notion out.

Newegg has a single Radeon RX Vega 56 card listing: an XFX reference unit that's marked as "out of stock." Amazon doesn't have any listings for the RX Vega 56, but the retailer does have RX Vega 64 cards from third-party sellers for $690. Searches for Radeon RX Vega 56 on Adorama, Microcenter, Walmart, and Sam's Club all turned up empty.

Best Buy has a listing for an XFX Radeon RX Vega 56 reference card in stock for $499.99, a $100 markup from the $399 price AMD promised when it announced the Radeon Vega cards at Siggraph a month ago. That XFX card appears to be a standalone card that's not part of an AMD Radeon Pack, too. Even so, Best Buy lists that card as "out of stock" at that price.

Given the relatively small gap in performance we saw between the RX Vega 56 and RX Vega 64 in some titles, it's no surprise that any cards that were available were snapped up by eager gamers and cryptocurrency miners as soon as they arrived on e-tail shelves. We are in the first hours of Vega 56 availability, however, so more stock of the cards may trickle out to more retailers as time goes on.

For its part, AMD spoke to us last night and advised us that suggested prices for the RX Vega 56 have not changed, but that demand for Vega products has been unprecedented. The company says it'll be working as hard as it can to make these cards available for gamers at or near their suggested prices over the coming weeks. Still, demand from cryptocurrency miners may be such that retail pricing for Vega 56 and Vega 64 cards will remain well above what gamers would consider reasonable.

It's worth noting that high retail prices aren't just a problem for AMD, either. The RX Vega 56's best match from the green team, the GTX 1070, has been similarly set upon by miners for some time now, and custom GTX 1070s are selling for anywhere from $50 to $100 (or more) above Nvidia's $379 suggested price. We'll have to see whether AMD's efforts pay off in light of this cryptocurrency-dominated GPU buying landscape.

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    • freebird
    • 2 years ago

    Just landed a PowerColor Vega[super<]56[/super<] at NewEgg for $370!!! (includes $29.99 bundle discount) ...the catch... bundled with AMD Gift with Purchase- Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and PREY (Model:VGA GIFT AMDvega2gam) @ $129.99 Total Cost $506.99 with shipping comparable to $450-$500 for a nice GTX 1070. YES, it will run a little hotter than my GTX 1070, but I also have a FreeSync Monitor and want to see what it can do...also hoping it will get better with age, but also think I might try the Vega[super<]64[/super<] bios trick I heard about(supposedly more power/thermal headroom for OCing), since they all are supposed to have dual bios.

    • Chrispy_
    • 2 years ago

    I’ve just ordered a dozen for GPGPU reasons

    Hell, I actually just pre-ordered one for myself out of my own funds. I have an unused 144Hz Acer Freesync screen kicking around at home, I might as well spend the disgustingly huge profits I made selling my Polaris cards at the end of May!

    I’ll undervolt it and post my results in the usual place…. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • AnotherReader
      • 2 years ago

      Is undervolting via Wattman working reliably now? I’ve tried undervolting my 290X via Wattman and it has worked very well.

    • deruberhanyok
    • 2 years ago

    Vega 56 looks good! Really liking the DX12 performance numbers on it, but with inflated prices due to mining, it’s just not a good time to buy a GPU anyways. You can’t even find used Radeons from a couple generations back with 4GB of RAM for a decent price.

    At SRP I’d probably go with an 8GB RX 580 over a 6GB GTX 1060, and likewise a Vega 56 over a GTX 1070, largely based on the strength of Vulkan/D3D12 performance. Also a small part of me wants a Radeon again.

    But that’s at SRP. At current prices… I just wouldn’t bother upgrading, unless an RX 560 / GTX 1050ti was actually an upgrade. Prices on those don’t seem to have been affected by the mining.

    (Also, I am slightly annoyed at myself for selling an RX 470 a month or two before prices went through the roof on them).

    • ronch
    • 2 years ago

    Maybe Navi will finally be a GPU worthy of goosebumps. It’s like AMD is fighting hard to keep GCN alive. They really need a much more efficient architecture. HBM will not save an inefficient chip.

      • tipoo
      • 2 years ago

      Navi and even “Next Gen” are still GCN though afaik. They really do need to move on, and I’m afraid they’re in a self sustaining loop where they can’t afford that.

      [url<]http://images.anandtech.com/doci/11404/gpuroadmap_575px.png[/url<]

        • ronch
        • 2 years ago

        Leadership… yeah… Sounds good to me, AMD!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • RX Vega 56
    • 2 years ago

    The RX Vega 56 has been selling out fast, however, it is still available to buy at listed suppliers:
    [url]By now many people have discovered that the RX Vega 56 Graphics card is super cool as it’s fast.

    Plus, the RX Vega is recommended for Ethereum Mining & gaming:
    [url<]http://rxvega56.zohosites.eu/[/url<]

    • anubis44
    • 2 years ago

    I’m waiting for the custom cooled Vega 56 cards, and for the prices to stabilize somewhat. Meanwhile, my R9 290 is doing just fine. I won’t buy nVidia come hell or high water. Call me names all you like, I don’t give a fig. They’re a pack of lying cheaters, and the GTX970 4GB = 3.5GB fisco was truly the last straw for me. I’ll stick with an old AMD card or start using Intel integrated graphics before I’d give the Green Goblin one cent of my money again.

      • K-L-Waster
      • 2 years ago

      I think you have a little spittle on the side of your mouth after that…

      • Chrispy_
      • 2 years ago

      I hate Nvidia for their anti-competitive, closed-API, proprietary BS as much as the next man, but I honestly don’t see the problem with the 3.5GB fiasco. I’m on a GTX970 again at the moment and it works just fine in every title with exactly the performance expected of it.

      The fact that it’s not a unified 4GB is hardly a new thing and hardly unique to Nvidia either. It was just ambulance-chasing lawyers blowing up the situation in order to get their slimy hands on the class-action profits.

    • MaxTheLimit
    • 2 years ago

    The 4 Vega cards on Newegg are $700 CAD No thanks. GTX 1070 it will be for me. Managed to find one for $525CAD, which I will tweak to get it running as good as it can, and that will be fine. I’m not paying almost $200 for a few games to run a bit better…some not even as good.

      • AnotherReader
      • 2 years ago

      I don’t even see any Vega 56 listings on Newegg.ca

        • JustAnEngineer
        • 2 years ago

        Four of them at CA$700:
        [url<]https://www.newegg.ca/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=-1&IsNodeId=1&Description=rx%20vega&bop=And&Order=PRICE&PageSize=96[/url<]

          • MaxTheLimit
          • 2 years ago

          Also found one on NCIX. It’s a bit better ( $650 CAD )

          Still not going that way myself.

          LINK:

          [url<]http://www.ncix.com/detail/xfx-amd-radeon-rx-vega-a8-142858.htm?promoid=1970&affiliateid=7474144[/url<]

            • AnotherReader
            • 2 years ago

            Both of those prices are too high. Sigh! I suppose my 290X will have to suffice until prices drop though at this rate who knows when that will happen

            • JustAnEngineer
            • 2 years ago

            With the Canadian dollar recently strengthening to 80ยข US, that’s equivalent to US$520.

    • techguy
    • 2 years ago

    As far as I’m concerned these products don’t exist. If you can’t buy them outside of a super-expensive bundle or the prosumer FE versions for $1000+ then gamers can’t really buy them.

    • ronch
    • 2 years ago

    AMD Radeon RX Vega 64.

    Good grief who came up with this name?!

      • Mat3
      • 2 years ago

      I liked the naming scheme that started with the 3000 series and ended with the 7000s.
      i.e. 4850, 4870, 4890

        • tipoo
        • 2 years ago

        Made too much sense. Marketing could not abide by that.

        Granted jokes aside, Vega’s names just count the CUs, so that’s at least consistent. Drop the RX though.

        • ronch
        • 2 years ago

        It actually started with the HD 2000 series. Came out about 10 years ago.

          • Chrispy_
          • 2 years ago

          I still think the hat goes to the XFX X1900XTX XXX Edition.

          Lots of love,
          Chrispy_
          XXXXX

      • derFunkenstein
      • 2 years ago

      You can play Super Mario 64 in Mupen 64 on your RX Vega 64.

        • tipoo
        • 2 years ago

        With 64 instances of it open

      • psuedonymous
      • 2 years ago

      [quote<] Good grief who came up with this name?![/quote<] Same team that named the [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1kxlhEPVUg<]Daihatsu Metroid Save Code[/url<].

      • DoomGuy64
      • 2 years ago

      Remember the X1900XTX? Some even came in XXL.

        • ronch
        • 2 years ago

        I still think that’s better than Vega’s naming scheme.

        AMD Radeon RX Vega 64.

        Goodness gracious me.

          • tipoo
          • 2 years ago

          The numbering is at least based on something constantly telling within an architecture – the CU count. They just added too many words around it. Radeon 56/64 would be fine. Or Vega 56/64.

            • ronch
            • 2 years ago

            Exactly. Drop a few proper nouns there, AMD. But which ones? They can’t drop Radeon, and AMD Radeon Vega 56/64 still sounds long.

            • tipoo
            • 2 years ago

            They didn’t call it AMD Radeon Fiji XT C8 X, so the architecture is unnecessary. Radeon 64 would sound great, and people would recognize it’s a new performance ranking system.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 2 years ago

          That’s worse than “ATi Radeon X1900XTX”? Between XTX, XT, XXL, LE, and Pro, how are you supposed to know which is the fastest?

      • Mr Bill
      • 2 years ago

      Presumeably # of NCU’s will be a future determining factor?

    • willyolioleo
    • 2 years ago

    I got 2 off amazon at MSRP. $399 yay

    All gone in less than 2 minutes though. My order was confirmed but when i clicked on the product page again, it was sold out and quickly de-listed.

      • shank15217
      • 2 years ago

      You can make $100+ off each one right back on Amazon.

    • DoomGuy64
    • 2 years ago

    Newegg has 4 Vega 56’s listed right now. None of them are in stock.

    I’m interested in buying one, since I just sold my Fury for $330 on ebay, (bought for $250), but when are the aftermarket editions coming out?

    Hell, if I can find a reference 56 in stock, I might buy it just to use until the aftermarket ones come out, then resell it on ebay for more than I bought it for just like the Fury.

    Using my old 390 atm, still rockin after all this time. Driver updates have been good on this card.

      • freebird
      • 2 years ago

      You could probably sale your 390 for around $300 on ebay and get a 1080TI. With Ethereum and Monero prices up crypto-mining won’t be going anywhere soon…until the bubble pops but that is probably not until next year some time. I was hoping for an RX Vega [super<]56[/super<] also, but it won't be until October or later that supplies get better and probably into next year if the prices ever get reasonable.

    • Krogoth
    • 2 years ago

    HBM2 supply issues are going to persist for the rest of the year plus the inflation from crypto-currency craze is going to ensure that prices are beyond the reach of the masses.

      • DrCR
      • 2 years ago

      I hope AMD figures out a way to make real money out of it rather than just the vendors.

        • Krogoth
        • 2 years ago

        They are making money out of it. It is just that etailers are taking a healthier margin out of it.

        AMD isn’t selling their Vega SKUs at a loss or at ultra-tight margins here.

    • DPete27
    • 2 years ago

    crypto-mining is silly. Just invest your money in crypto-currency and you can double your money in a day.

      • Krogoth
      • 2 years ago

      Miners aren’t bothering with Vega because it has too much upfront cost and eats too much power for a small bump over 470, 480, 1060 and 1070.

    • chuckula
    • 2 years ago

    An update to TR’s scatter graph that reflects real-world prices for both AMD and Nvidia might be helpful.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 2 years ago

      How much fun is a graph with a bunch of “N/A”? Zero.

        • chuckula
        • 2 years ago

        Oh Vegas are available (in very limited quantity) and there are prices available for them.
        As for GTX cards, they appear to be available too although the 1070 is apparently popular enough with miners that it’s at an inflated street price right now.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 2 years ago

          Yeah, it’s pretty crazy how everything in that family is $450 on up. I mean, if the scatter plot is just price and performance (either average or 99th percentile) it’d be boring, but it’s boring at a higher scale. They’re still pretty evenly matched but even the difference scales linearly between performance nad price.

          • MOSFET
          • 2 years ago

          Even 1060’s are inflated. 3GB 1060’s today are going for the launch price of 6GB 1060’s.

      • homerdog
      • 2 years ago

      IDK if they should update graph they put in reviews but an article on the situation including a real price graph would be nice.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 2 years ago

      You can’t even get Jeff to be fair and honest with retail pricing. I doubt he would show real world pricing. His pricing in this Vega 64 review was shady enough.

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 2 years ago

        No eagle eyed readers here or just blind fan boys. Jeff listed gtx 1080 pricing as $550 and used the $499 price to make Vega 64 not look like a turd. Gtx 1080 pricing is $499. Jeff claims he used a 1080 FE, but the graph didn’t designate that. He used a higher priced special edition gtx 1080 and the non special edition rx 64 pricing of $499 instead of $599. You are all blind to this and encourage poor behavior. Reviewer bias and manipulation is real. These are the facts. I apologize if AMD made you do this in exchange for a review sample.

      • Freon
      • 2 years ago

      I feel the original graph was essentially *never* a true representation of the MSRP, thus should be updated. It’s embarrassingly wrong. TR bought the lie and resold it, it needs to be updated.

      It’s really a matter of honest reporting at this point.

        • Jeff Kampman
        • 2 years ago

        AMD has told me, on the record, multiple times, that it has not changed the suggested price for Vega 64 cards. Please tell me how continuing to report this information is dishonest. Neither we nor AMD are responsible for demand wildly outstripping supply and driving up prices at retailers.

          • chuckula
          • 2 years ago

          With all due respect Jeff, Nvidia officially lists the GTX 1080 (non-FE, but frankly who buys the FE these days anyway) at $499 and the GTX-1070 is officially listed as $350. Links below provide proof.

          Now you might correctly say: But you can’t really buy those cards at those prices!!

          Sure, you can’t. But it’s 100% accurate to say that the “suggested price” for those cards is $499 and $349 for the GTX-1080 and GTX-1070, respectively.

          The issue here is that there appear to be two different sets of rules for how the prices of these products are being reported when you should be consistent in either referring only to the “official” price for both products or (more realistically) to the real-world street prices for both products.

          [url<]https://www.pcper.com/news/Graphics-Cards/GDC-NVIDIA-Announces-GTX-1080-Price-Drop-499[/url<] [url<]https://www.techpowerup.com/231114/nvidia-cuts-price-of-its-geforce-gtx-1080-graphics-card-usd-499[/url<]

          • willyolioleo
          • 2 years ago

          Oh you won’t believe the number of people who refuse to accept that supply and demand are real, that the inflated prices are purely due to some conspiracy from AMD hiding the fact that factory invoice pricing is higher than MSRP, and that the poor, poor retailers are only scraping by when they inflate prices by $100-200.

            • chuckula
            • 2 years ago

            Based on that comment you obviously support an update to the price table that lists the GTX-1070 at $350 and the GTX-1080 at $499 then since those are the suggested prices from Nvidia for those parts even if they go for higher prices on the street.

      • Jeff Kampman
      • 2 years ago

      Please tell me what price from what retailer you would have me choose to make this update, and how you would choose it.

      For the same Vega 64 reference design, Amazon has one card selling at $695, another at $699, and another still at $799. Which of those should be considered canonical? What happens when those cards go out of stock and the prices go up again?

      Another XFX reference Vega 64 runs from $689.99 to $779.99 from five different sellers on Amazon. Which of those five should be considered canonical? Is it more fair or realistic to choose the low end of that range or the high end of that range? Again, what happens when the card goes out of stock because of demand, the prices go up, and the chart is basically out-of-date right away?

      I trust that our readers have the ability to look at the chart we published in our initial review, compare it with retail pricing, and say “Man, the RX Vega 64 is a bad deal at current retail prices given its performance.” Trying to build a fair chart and a durable article on the shifting sands of cryptocurrency demand seems foolish to me.

        • chuckula
        • 2 years ago

        [quote<]For the same Vega 64 reference design, Amazon has one card selling at $695, another at $699, and another still at $799. Which of those should be considered canonical? What happens when those cards go out of stock and the prices go up again? [/quote<] The exact same issue exists with GTX parts that have a wide range of prices based on the different tweaks to different models. Additionally, the prices of GTX parts have fluctuated over time as well. Since the GTX parts aren't in a total supply shortage there's probably a larger statistical pool you can use to select an "average" price but it's not like they all go for the same price. The deeper issue is that AMD's official prices are a complete fantasy at this point. Maybe they'll become realistic after several months of time, and you can update the numbers then. However, taking AMD's prices at face value right now is simply not a correct representation of reality and if you want to do that for AMD then I suggest you [b<]ALSO[/b<] do it for Nvidia. That way you'll be wrong, but at least you'll be consistent.

        • freebird
        • 2 years ago

        your comment should’ve read “shifting ether(eum) of cryptocurrency demand…” ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • CampinCarl
    • 2 years ago

    I got so fed up with the cryptomining price spike, and otherwise limited availability of Vega, I bought a 1080 this weekend. $520 on sale at Microcenter. About as close to retail as I could find.

      • brucethemoose
      • 2 years ago

      980 TIs are pretty reasonable. I snagged one for $320 used 2 weeks ago, and it seems to be equivalent to a 1070 (and therefore Vega 56).

        • homerdog
        • 2 years ago

        Yea 980Ti is pretty much like a Vega56 that uses less power. Not a bad find at $320.

          • Demetri
          • 2 years ago

          56 actually uses slightly less power than a 980ti.

          [url<]https://www.pcper.com/image/view/85438?return=node%2F68291[/url<] [url<]https://www.pcper.com/image/view/70091?return=node%2F65431[/url<] Should be consistently faster too, although not by a lot.

            • AnotherReader
            • 2 years ago

            About 20% faster than a reference 980 Ti

            • homerdog
            • 2 years ago

            I stand corrected. Looked at the numbers wrong ๐Ÿ™

      • cynan
      • 2 years ago

      Me too. Though a 1080 Ti (Gigabyte Aorus) at $660. A 1080 Ti is overkill for my 1600p @ 60Hz, but with the price of Vega being the same and in some cases more, inflated prices of lower end GTX cards, I decided to treat myself. Who knows, maybe it will pay off down the road.

      I was looking forward to trying out variable (or even high) refresh rate gaming, but, with the value proposition of G-Sync, I guess this will have to wait.

        • ptsant
        • 2 years ago

        Well, if you have a 1080Ti you don’t really need variable refresh gaming since you can simply set Vsync and saturate the monitor’s refresh frequency. G-Sync and FreeSync are particularly useful if your frame rate occasionally dips below refresh, especially if refresh is 60Hz.

          • Kretschmer
          • 2 years ago

          Take advantage of that horsepower and pick up a monitor that runs at 100+Hz. Also, GSync isn’t THAT pricey if you don’t buy a flagship from Asus or Acer. Dell has a 27″ 1440P 144Hz TN GSync monitor that is currently $430, and the IPS versions dip to $600 or below.

          $430 Dell: [url<]https://www.dealzon.com/deals/dell-s2716dg-27-inch-gaming-monitor[/url<]

      • Ryhadar
      • 2 years ago

      I was in a similar situation but was lucky enough to find an XFX Vega 56 in game combo for $499 on newegg today. Not the card I wanted (was waiting for the 64 air in silver to come back in stock), but definitely will pair nicely with my 144Hz 2K Freesync monitor.

      Not sure if I want to sell the games when I get the codes to bring it closer to the standalone price. I have a huge backlog so I’m not exactly hurting for digital entertainment.

      Grats on the new card, by the way.

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