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ASUS ROG Strix Vega 64 Review: Vega, Refined, Kinda

By: Anthony Garreffa | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Oct 24, 2017 6:53 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: ASUS

Overclocking... Yeah... About That...

 

This is one area where I did not expect any wiggle room from ASUS, with some mild overclocking achieved on the ROG Strix RX Vega 64, but it's nothing you can't do on the RX Vega 64 reference card. You'll need to throw the power limit to the max, and then you can get to around 1650-1700MHz on the GPU, while the HBM2 will hit a ceiling at 1100MHz.

 

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I wouldn't recommend overclocking the card at all, as the results are less than 5% better in every test. In most tests, I found absolutely no difference in real-world performance, because we're talking about 55FPS to 56FPS at best, really. The additional power consumption is simply not worth it. The card does alright on its own, especially at 1080p and 1440p.

 

 

Performance Analysis

 

Throughout our 1080p testing, the ASUS ROG Strix RX Vega 64 performed better than AMD's reference RX Vega 64, while trading blows with NVIDIA's own GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition. In games like Rise of the Tomb Raider, we have 116FPS average - the same result as the GTX 1080 FE, and 2FPS more than the RX Vega 64 LCE card.

 

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We're looking at 151FPS average in Shadow of Mordor, just 5FPS off of the GTX 1080 FE, while Metro: Last Light Redux was pushing 146FPS average, the same as the GTX 1080 Ti FE - a $699 card. The RX Vega 64 LCE has just 137FPS, while the GTX 1080 FE has 1FPS less with 136FPS - over 10FPS slower than ASUS' new ROG Strix RX Vega 64.

 

At 2560x1440 in Rise of the Tomb Raider, the ROG Strix RX Vega 64 loses to the GTX 1080 FE and RX Vega 64 LCE - but by losing, we mean 3FPS. We still have 84FPS average at 1440p, which is more than enough for a 1440p 60Hz screen. More so, if you dropped some of the visual details, you could easily run Rise of the Tomb Raider at 120-144FPS for high refresh rate gaming panels on the ASUS ROG Strix RX Vega 64.

 

The same can be said for Shadow of Mordor, with 112FPS average compared to 115FPS on the GTX 1080 FE and 111FPS on the RX Vega 64 LCE. Impressive performance from the ROG Strix RX Vega 64 at 1080p and 1440p.

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