PowerColor Announces Red Devil Radeon RX Vega 64 and 56by Nate Oh on December 5, 2017 12:00 PM EST
Last week, PowerColor announced two custom Radeon RX Vega graphics cards: the Red Devil RX Vega 64 and Red Devil RX Vega 56. With triple-fan coolers and 2.5-slot wide designs, both cards come factory-overclocked and encased a black-with-red shroud with metal backplate, very much typical of PowerColor’s high-end Red Devil series. The Red Devil RX Vega 64, earlier listed on Overclockers UK, is now listed on Newegg but out-of-stock, with the OCUK listing providing an estimated shipping date of December 8.
Almost four months since the launch of the reference Radeon RX Vega 64, custom RX Vega cards have been slow to trickle out. For consumers, the Red Devil RX Vega cards have much of the elements expected of custom boards: expansive cooling solution, zero fanspeed idle (branded “Mute Fan”), and the inevitable LED. Both Red Devil RX Vega 64 and 56 essentially share the same design, but only the RX Vega 64’s full clockspeeds were detailed; PowerColor is stating a 1417MHz base and 1607MHz boost, putting it in the realm of the reference Liquid Cooled edition of 1406/1677MHz. The boost clock of the Red Devil RX Vega 56 was reported elsewhere to be 1526MHz, but otherwise has the reference 800MHz HBM2 clockspeed.
|Specifications of Selected Radeon RX Vega Cards|
|PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX Vega 64
||PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX Vega 56||AMD
Radeon RX Vega 64
Radeon RX Vega 56
|Base Clock||1417MHz||TBA||1406MHz (Liquid)||1156MHz|
|Boost Clock||1607MHz||1526MHz||1677MHz (Liquid)||1471MHz|
|VRAM||Clock / Type||1.89Gbps HBM2||1.6Gbps HBM2||1.89Gbps HBM2||1.6Gbps HBM2|
|Board Power||TBA||345W (Liquid)
|Dimensions||316 x 150 x 55mm||272 x 112 x 40mm|
|Power Connectors||2 x 8pin|
|Outputs||2 x HDMI 2.0
2 x DP 1.4
|1 x HDMI 2.0
3 x DP 1.4
|Launch Price||TBA||$699 (Liquid Pack)
Coming in at a little over 12.4 inches (316mm) in length, the cards’ shrouds and heatsinks extend beyond the PCBs slightly. Nevertheless, the heatsink features two 8mm and four 6mm heatpipes, and the 1.5mm metal backplate comes equipped with an additional cross bracket supporting the HBM. The boards feature a 12 phase power design with what PowerColor calls Platinum PowerKIT VRMs. While TDP was not disclosed, the cards are listed with a 750W system power requirement, and feature dual 8pin PCIe power connectors like the reference designs.
In terms of multi-BIOS, the Red Devil RX Vega cards feature three BIOS modes: Silent, Standard, and OC. What each mode exactly entails isn’t clear, but PowerColor does describe Silent as utilizing Mute Fan that kicks in when temperatures are below 60 degrees; elsewhere it was detailed as straightforward thermal profile and power limit adjustments. Display output wise, PowerColor have opted to go for a 2x HDMI configuration in the interest of compatibility with VR setups, which can include an HDMI headset and HDMI TV display.
Lastly – and to some, leastly – the Red Devil cards do feature token LED functionality, although perhaps thankfully limited to the toggleable “Red Devil” lighting inset at the top of the cooling shroud.
As mentioned earlier, the PowerColor Radeon RX Vega 64 is listed on Newegg at $620 with a $50 rebate, out-of-stock at this time but explicitly qualifying for the Wolfenstein II & Prey bundle. Meanwhile, the card remains listed on Overclockers UK for £589.99 with estimated availability on December 8, though PowerColor has previously stated that the retail UK price would be at £529.99. However, the Red Devil RX Vega 56 is not listed at any retailers. Given the timing and listings, the Red Devil Radeon RX Vega 64 is arguably more likely than not to arrive in time for the holidays.
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PeachNCream - Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - linkThose GPUs look as stupid as Seth Rogen would in a leather n' lace Halloween devil girl outfit with the pointy tail and spike horn headband. Who thinks up product branding like this? And 2.5 slots wide? Why?! Is that really the way PowerColor is trying to one up the competition by molesting away all of our expansion slots with an obnoxious cooler? What's wrong with a little kiss, man?
JoeyJoJo123 - Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - linkIt's not a crime against humanity for cards to exist with 2.5 or 3 PCI-e slot width coolers. I do in fact end up recommending them to friends since they have that much extra cooling mass and are effectively more cooling for the money since all they're really interested in is a single GPU for their GPU-slots, and maybe an M.2 PCI-e SSD.
JoeyJoJo123 - Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - linkPCI-e* slots. Not sure what I was thinking.
PeachNCream - Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - linkTo each their own, but don't blame me if Seth Rogen doesn't like you after you basically endorsed putting him in a devil girl costume.
JoeyJoJo123 - Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - linkI really don't care about Seth Rogen, nor do I care for Jeff Dunham-tier SNL antics/humor and was mostly only notable for starring in a pothead movie. I really don't get what kind of comparison you're making here, either, with Seth Rogen to video card width.
For what it's worth, I have one friend who's still using a 3570k + Asus DirectCU II 7950 (https://i.imgur.com/dQC90.jpg) PC build to this day, because they still doesn't see much point in upgrading since everything he plays runs at 1080p 60fps, although with some adjustment/disabling of objectively bad and graphically taxing visual presets like Motion Blur, HDR, Bloom, Depth of Field, Volumetric Lighting/Weather effects, etc. High textures, medium models/meshes/character detail, 16x AF, 2x or disabled AA is all they feel they need/want and the games still churn at 60fps+ avg despite being on a GPU that's since lost driver updates many moons ago. This is just anecdotal, and presumably you don't care anyways what some unnamed no-face "friend" of some guy you don't even know posting online, which is fair.
3-slot GPUs are just a lot easier to clean out without disassembly, and if they're available for a similar price as 2-slot GPUs, why not if the user's just going to run a single GPU in the PCI-e slots anyways? You get more longevity, better thermals, and less noise with bigger fans and bigger heatsinks.
I don't particularly care for Powercolor, but they must be doing something right if they're still in business. I only really look for manufacturer warranty periods and lowest prices on any GPU purchases anyways, so I don't delude myself into thinking that one company's Vega GPUs are consistently better than another company's Vega GPUs. I'm not particularly interested in Vega GPUs either since they don't really carry an adequate price/performance ratio for most game titles right now. The HBM2 is nice, but according to benchmarks isn't a game-changer for the price it's going for.
Luscious - Friday, December 8, 2017 - link"It's not a crime against humanity for cards to exist with 2.5 or 3 PCI-e slot width coolers"
No, it just makes it glaringly obvious that the ATX 2.x spec is OBSOLETE.
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