Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB Review: It's Time to Challenge Turing

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Performance Results: 1920 x 1080

Without a doubt, Radeon RX Vega 56 is fast enough for playable performance at 2560 x 1440. But gamers can also enjoy smooth frame rates at 1920 x 1080 with quality settings cranked up in their favorite titles.

AMD’s reference Vega 56 card originally traded blows with GeForce GTX 1070 across our benchmark suite. Today, it’s typically a bit faster, even approaching the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti in many games.

Sapphire’s Nitro+ RX Vega 56 8G is naturally quicker than the reference model we reviewed two years ago. There are even examples of it sliding past the GeForce RTX 2060 and GTX 1070 Ti at this resolution. Just don’t be surprised if you’re asked to pay a hefty premium for that extra bit of performance, if you can find the Nitro+ card available at all. Moreover, power consumption rises sharply to facilitate the frame rate boost.

Given that GeForce RTX 2060 starts at $350, though, Radeon RX Vega 56 looks better now than it did back in 2017.

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Chris Angelini
Chris Angelini is an Editor Emeritus at Tom's Hardware US. He edits hardware reviews and covers high-profile CPU and GPU launches.
  • MrN1ce9uy
    Sapphire's RX Vega 56 & 64 Nitro+ is my personal favorite all-time AIB partner design. Particularly, the Limited Edition with the vapor chamber. I'm glad this article made the distinction (y) Even the standard edition is one of my favorites.
  • lmille16
    Can we color code the target card for future reviews? Tends to get lost on the chart.
  • ElectrO_90
    lmille16 said:
    Can we color code the target card for future reviews? Tends to get lost on the chart.
    Agree always a pain trying to read them tables for the one they are actually reviewing, as it doesn't stand out. Do as all the others do and what you used to do - makes it easier for everyone involved apart from your graphics artist who has to change the colour
  • King_V
    I have to say, given that it's the non-vapor-chamber version, the cooler is impressive - particularly with how low the temperatures stay with such a low fan RPM.

    Then again, the article used superlatives such as massive, and brutally effective, and that pretty much is my feeling on it.

    In a perfect world, I'd like to see this with the fins oriented so that the rear vents could actually be useful, allowing some of the hot air to be expelled out of the case.

    This isn't the card for me, were I looking to upgrade my son's PC - as I'd need to upgrade his PSU. At 2560x1080, I think running at the lower clocks, for a better performance/watt, as was mentioned in the analysis of the Vega 56 back when the first review was done, would be what I'd go for, and take advantage of things being uber-quiet.

    Eh, basically, I wouldn't need the overclocking - but I'd love a model that was price-effective, and had such an amazing cooler. Major kudos to Sapphire on the cooling front.
  • -Fran-
    I have the Vega64 version of this one, but not the one with the third 8pin connector... It can definitely use it, TBH, as it's one power hog of a card and incredibly silent nonetheless!

    And I think AMD still has a lot of issues with the Wattman thingy as it keeps crashing on me to the point where I just stopped bothering and just used the TRIXX fan profile and that's it.

  • MrN1ce9uy
    I never liked Wattman. It did the opposite of what I wanted it to do more often than not.
  • Saieden
    Why are there no charts with undervolt and increased power limits? Surely you know by that the Vega cards push their clocks higher so long as they're within their thermal and power envelopes. You basically neglected the entire point of buying a non-reference Vega.
  • King_V
    Not specific to this card, but I do have to say that, for the tradeoff of much worse power/performance, and the fall of some Vega 56 models down to the $299 price level, Nvidia, through their pricing for their 1660Ti and 2060, has somehow managed to make the Vega 56 a contender in the price/performance a