Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX Vegas put a big chill on spicy-hot chips

We've already seen custom Radeon RX Vega cards from AMD-exclusive board partners PowerColor and XFX, and now it's Sapphire's turn at the wheel. The company has announced its Nitro+ Radeon RX Vega 56 8G HBM2 and Nitro+ Radeon RX Vega 64 8G HBM2 graphics cards, and those rather long-winded names suggest extra-spicy clocks. Both models are dressed in a custom vapor-chamber cooler topped off with three of the blue jewel brand's Quick Connect dual-ball-bearing fans.

The Nitro+ Radeon Vega 56 hasa base clock of 1305 MHz, significantly up from AMD's reference spec of 1156 MHz. The boost clock has also been raised from the reference 1471 MHz all the way up to 1572 MHz. Those figures are actually higher than those of AMD's reference air-cooled Radeon RX Vega 64. The 8 GB of HBM2 memory hums along at the same 800 MHz as the reference RX Vega 56.

The 8 GB of HBM2 memory in Sapphire's custom Vega 64 card also runs at the same 945 MHz speed as its reference equivalent. The GPU's 4096 SPs cruise along at a 1423 MHz base clock, boosting to at least 1611 MHz when conditions allow. For comparison, AMD's reference air-cooled Vega 64 has a base clocks of 1247 MHz and a boost clock of 1546 MHz. For those keeping score at home, the water-cooled reference board has 1406 MHz base and 1677 MHz boost clocks.

The two outer fans astride the Vapor-X cooler are encircled with RGB LEDs in case users want to add some color to the cards' otherwise subdued black-and-silver color scheme. The Quick Connect fans can be popped out and replaced easily if necessary in order to avoid annoying RMA shipments in case there's a problem. Sapphire's Trixx 3.0 software can keep track of fan operation and control the light show from the shroud's RGB lights. The board also has a pair of four-pin fan headers for connecting chassis fans to spin up and down in time with the spinny-whirlies on the card.

Builders will need to allow three expansions slots for these cards. Both versions measure 12.2" long, 5.2" wide, and a whopping 2.1" thick (31 cm x 13 cm x 5.4 cm). The accessory kit includes a bracket to support the end of the board and eliminate unsightly graphics card sag. The output section on either card has a pair of HDMI connectors and two DisplayPorts, a departure from the reference boards' three DisplayPorts and single HDMI jack.

Sapphire says the Nitro+ Radeon RX Vega56 8G HBM2 requires a 750 W power supply and the Nitro+ Radeon RX Vega64 8G HBM2 needs an even larger 850 W unit. By our reckoning, Sapphire's talking about quality PSUs, too, not figure-inflated cheap units. Either way, buyers will need to connect three eight-pin PCIe power connectors to get the Vega party started. We don't have pricing or availability information for the RX Vega 56 version, but Tom's Hardware says that the Nitro+ RX Vega 64 should have a $659 price tag.

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    • deruberhanyok
    • 2 years ago

    [i<]Either way, buyers will need to connect three eight-pin PCIe power connectors to get the Vega party started.[/i<] ... They've gone to plaid.

    • ronch
    • 2 years ago

    Until AMD catches up on the efficiency front I think Nvidia will be on top of my list. I mean, I’ve stuck with AMD for so long now but more effort cooling a (much?) more power hungry GPU across the entire lineup is just getting a bit unappealing.

    • Hsldn
    • 2 years ago

    and still Vega makes no sense. A significant discount is needed before this gpu starts to be appealing.

      • ermo
      • 2 years ago

      What is your use case?

        • Hsldn
        • 2 years ago

        I’m going to use it for gaming.
        But if OpenGPU or mining performance is the use care then this GPU rocks.

    • techguy
    • 2 years ago

    [url<]http://bit-tech.net/reviews/tech/graphics/sapphire-radeon-rx-vega-56-nitro-review/1/[/url<] $569 for the Vega 56 version of Sapphire Nitro+ Oh good, only $170 over MSRP for a reference card. If you still think AMD makes money on these things @ only $399...

      • xeridea
      • 2 years ago

      The inflated prices are due to Vega being exceptionally good at mining Monero and Electroneum. A Vega 56 currently nets you $180/month, and was over $300/month not long ago.

      Vega 56 was recently available for $399, and stayed $500 or below before that. 64 was recently available for $499. Then Electroneum profitability shot through the roof, and they all sold out, currently going for really high price.

        • techguy
        • 2 years ago

        If you’re trying to make money in cryptocurrency by mining it – you’re doing it wrong!

          • shank15217
          • 2 years ago

          That’s not true, if you are into it already, then you are aware of the market and the currency value then you can make the plunge. Don’t think these are just people sitting at home with a card or two.

          • Bauxite
          • 2 years ago

          Said the tadpole to the whale.

            • freebird
            • 2 years ago

            So how many “experts” at mining profitability on this site are actually mining? Just curious.

          • Krogoth
          • 2 years ago

          This is pretty much applicable for 80-95% of the miners. You need to be an early bird or have a massive scale to make a “profit” from mining. The majority are either barely breaking even or taking some kind of loss.

          The current craze (staring around November 2017) is looking like good, old currency manipulation. I suspect something big is going happen in China that comes into effect in 2018.

          • tipoo
          • 2 years ago

          Would have been more true two years ago than now. Now multiple coins and algorithms have sprung up that are ASIC resistant and still profitable on a GPU. Hence the stupid market prices for them.

      • freebird
      • 2 years ago

      So why didn’t you buy all you could find @ $399 and sell them on ebay for $700+ ???

      I’m just happy I was able to get two for a total of $900 and a couple of games thrown in…

    • JustAnEngineer
    • 2 years ago

    The Asus models are listed at Newegg, too.
    [url<]https://www.asus.com/us/Graphics-Cards/ROG-STRIX-RXVEGA56-O8G-GAMING/[/url<] [url<]https://www.asus.com/us/Graphics-Cards/ROG-STRIX-RXVEGA64-O8G-GAMING/[/url<]

      • techguy
      • 2 years ago

      $699 for Vega 64 Strix and out of stock already.

      /Seinfeld voice

      Who are these people?

        • JustAnEngineer
        • 2 years ago

        Radeon RX Vega56 was actually available for $385 and Vega64 was less than $500 around the beginning of November. Then the mining bubble caught another gear.

          • Renko
          • 2 years ago

          Funny story. I have a very nice 2560×1440 monitor but was using a FE 1080 Ti I bought in May for $699. In November I got the limited edition sapphire Vega 64 for $499. Best part is I sold the 1080Ti for $778.

        • Bauxite
        • 2 years ago

        At that level of gouging retardation, you might as well get an FE. They were at that price point for at least a week on a couple sites.

    • euricog
    • 2 years ago

    Too expensive (to buy and to run), too late.

    • Chrispy_
    • 2 years ago

    That’s an awful lot of power connector for a 210W card which runs best at 185W.

      • TwistedKestrel
      • 2 years ago

      Maybe Delta made the fans 😛

      • xeridea
      • 2 years ago

      V64 Liquid only has the 2 connectors. 3 seems like just overkill for the bragging. Waiting for Buildzoid to do a PCB analyses.

        • Chrispy_
        • 2 years ago

        I’m curious where Sapphire think they’re going with this. 3×8-pin + 75W from the board, means that this thing has access to 525W of power.

        Here’s the thing; Reviews and overclocking attempts have already ascertained that Vega 56 and 64 [b<]bone-stock reference models[/b<] are already overclocked and overvolted at stock way beyond their sweet spot. Getting a Vega64 to more than 1700MHz is going to require a combination of liquid and extreme voltage. I don't personally think a passive vapor-chamber or heatpipes can move even 375W of heat fast enough to keep up, let alone 525W. That extra 8-pin is quite simply just there for some kind of ultra-stupid bragging rights.

    • techguy
    • 2 years ago

    $660?

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
    (breath)
    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 2 years ago

      Lol

    • rnalsation
    • 2 years ago

    RX Vegas, is that the sequel to New Vegas?

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