AMD Radeon RX Vega 56: specs and benchmarks

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AMD Radeon RX Vega 56
Radeon RX Vega 56
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 1138
  • Max video memory 8 GB
  • Memory type HBM2
  • Memory clock speed 800
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2017
Performance 46.29

Summary

AMD started Radeon RX Vega 56 sales 14 August 2017 at a recommended price of $399. This is Vega architecture desktop card based on 14 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 8 GB of HBM2 memory clocked at 800 GHz are supplied, and together with 409.6 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 409.6 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is dual-slot card attached via PCIe 3.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 267 mm. Two 8-pin power connectors are required, and power consumption is at 210 Watt.

It provides good gaming and benchmark performance at

46.29%

of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti.

General info

Of Radeon RX Vega 56's architecture, market segment and release date.

Place in performance rating89
Value for money12.97
ArchitectureVega (2017−2021)
GPU code nameVega
Market segmentDesktop
Release date14 August 2017 (4 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$399
Price now$1587 (4x MSRP)of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
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Technical specs

Radeon RX Vega 56's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon RX Vega 56's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores3584of 18432 (AD102)
Core clock speed1138 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Boost clock speed1474 MHzof 2903 (Radeon Pro W6600)
Number of transistors12,500 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology14 nmof 4 (H100 PCIe)
Thermal design power (TDP)210 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate329.5of 939.8 (H100 SXM5)
Floating-point performance10,566 gflopsof 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon RX Vega 56's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16
Length267 mm
Width2-slot
Supplementary power connectors2x 8-pin

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon RX Vega 56: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeHBM2
Maximum RAM amount8 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width409.6 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed800 MHzof 21000 (GeForce RTX 3090 Ti)
Memory bandwidth409.6 GB/sof 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)
Shared memory-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon RX Vega 56. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.

Display Connectors1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
HDMI+

API support

APIs supported by Radeon RX Vega 56, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX12 (12_1)
Shader Model6.4
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL2.0
Vulkan1.1.125

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of Radeon RX Vega 56. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

RX Vega 56 46.29
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark Ice Storm GPU
  • SPECviewperf 12 - Catia
  • SPECviewperf 12 - 3ds Max
  • Passmark

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.

RX Vega 56 125359

3DMark Fire Strike Score

RX Vega 56 17098

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

RX Vega 56 20759

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

RX Vega 56 29086

3DMark Vantage Performance

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

RX Vega 56 54586

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

Ice Storm Graphics is an obsolete benchmark, part of 3DMark suite. Ice Storm was used to measure entry level laptops and Windows-based tablets performance. It utilizes DirectX 11 feature level 9 to display a battle between two space fleets near a frozen planet in 1280x720 resolution. Discontinued in January 2020, it is now superseded by 3DMark Night Raid.

RX Vega 56 412820

SPECviewperf 12 - Catia

RX Vega 56 141

SPECviewperf 12 - 3ds Max

This part of SPECviewperf 12 benchmark emulates work with 3DS Max, executing eleven tests in various use scenarios, including architectural modeling and animation for computer games.

RX Vega 56 145

Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

RX Vega 56 13631

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon RX Vega 56. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto) 28.5 Mh/s  

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Radeon RX Vega 56 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular modern games across different resolutions:

Full HD115
1440p77
4K49

Full HD
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 77
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 45−50
Battlefield 5 151
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 45−50
Cyberpunk 2077 45−50
Far Cry 5 98
Far Cry New Dawn 96
Forza Horizon 4 141
Hitman 3 45−50
Horizon Zero Dawn 45−50
Red Dead Redemption 2 45−50
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 105
Watch Dogs: Legion 45−50

Full HD
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 70
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 45−50
Battlefield 5 140
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 45−50
Cyberpunk 2077 45−50
Far Cry 5 93
Far Cry New Dawn 93
Forza Horizon 4 134
Hitman 3 45−50
Horizon Zero Dawn 45−50
Metro Exodus 70
Red Dead Redemption 2 45−50
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 91
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 124
Watch Dogs: Legion 45−50

Full HD
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 52
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 45−50
Battlefield 5 131
Cyberpunk 2077 45−50
Far Cry 5 89
Far Cry New Dawn 84
Forza Horizon 4 109
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 74
Watch Dogs: Legion 45−50

1440p
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 45−50
Hitman 3 45−50
Horizon Zero Dawn 45−50
Metro Exodus 42
Red Dead Redemption 2 45−50
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 58

1440p
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 44
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 45−50
Battlefield 5 99
Cyberpunk 2077 45−50
Far Cry 5 74
Far Cry New Dawn 74
Forza Horizon 4 88
Watch Dogs: Legion 45−50

4K
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 45−50
Hitman 3 45−50
Horizon Zero Dawn 45−50
Metro Exodus 27
Red Dead Redemption 2 45−50
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 31
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 44

4K
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 27
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 45−50
Battlefield 5 55
Cyberpunk 2077 45−50
Far Cry 5 39
Far Cry New Dawn 42
Forza Horizon 4 59
Watch Dogs: Legion 45−50

Relative perfomance

Overall Radeon RX Vega 56 performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop video cards.


NVIDIA equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon RX Vega 56 from NVIDIA is GeForce GTX 1070, which is slower by 1% and lower by 1 position in our rating.

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Similar GPUs

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