Vega 64 for long-term 1080p-1440p?

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Edited 5 months, 5 days ago

Poll: Vega 64 for long-term 1080p-1440p? (13 votes)

Yes 69%
No 31%

Can get a Vega 64 now for 380... I don't see myself going 4k for a long time, to be honest - I'm happy with higher framerates at 1080p+1440p. Currently I have a GTX970 and it's still pretty great at 1080p. But it is starting to show its age, especially on the RAM front.

Thoughts?

My dilemma is basically whether to sit on the 970 for another year or two or get a card that's rather overpowered for my needs right now but will allow me to peg games in my resolution range over that same period I'd otherwise wait to upgrade

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#1 Posted by mrbojangles25 (44045 posts) -

@xantufrog I am in the same boat. Have a GTX 980 and starting to experience some slowdown on occasion (AC: Odyssey, for example). The card is, after all, now TWO generations behind haha. Would like to go to "2K" in the next year or so. I have no interest in ray tracing and so forth, not yet.

Curious to hear some answers, and was actually thinking of doing a "mid-gen" upgrade with a 1080 but they're still expensive new (haven't checked out new) and I would sooner spend 1000 on a new card than 800 on an older one. The compromise to this would be spending far less on a card that is "good enough".

The Radeon VII thread had some benchmarks on it with all the recent cards listed that was interesting, and at another site I was impressed with how well the card performs at 2K high settings.

*Bonus: AMD is giving out three free games (Division 2, Devil May Cry 5, and Resident Evil 2) with card purchases. Not that I'd buy a card just for that, but it's a nice incentive.

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#2 Posted by Random_Matt (4245 posts) -

I had one of those nice limited edition metal cased ones, gets my vote.

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#3 Posted by Pcmasterrace69 (373 posts) -

in portugal brand new vega 56 8gb spahire pulse is 320€ with 3 games included. is it worth it?

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#4 Edited by Howmakewood (5929 posts) -

it's a good card for that price, navi might be still quite a while and dont think there's going to be other 7nm gpu releases from amd before that so...

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#5 Edited by rmpumper (652 posts) -

Worth it for the games, but otherwise 2060 is better choice for the price (half the TDP, so less heat and noise).

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#6 Posted by urbangamez (3491 posts) -

only if you have no other option, otherwise 2060.

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#7 Posted by xantufrog (11517 posts) -

Thanks folks. The 2060 is definitely an option - but I am really pissed off at Nvidia these days, so call it petty but I would be ok spending more for less (as long as the less is enough) from AMD next round. I know it's not "smart" shopping, but it's kind of a hippie "I buy my bread from the co-op" thing I'm digging in on this round

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#8 Edited by ronvalencia (28063 posts) -

Microsoft's DirectML unifies rapid pack maths API access, hence it would benefit Vega 56/64 in the longer term.

Turing GPUs has working rapid pack maths.

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#9 Edited by xantufrog (11517 posts) -

Thanks again everyone - I actually stumbled on a sealed MSI Vega 64 OC on eBay from a small electronics store for $360. Pulled the trigger - that's about what I paid for my 970 "way back when"

Stoked to get this!

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#10 Posted by ronvalencia (28063 posts) -

@xantufrog said:

Thanks again everyone - I actually stumbled on a sealed MSI Vega 64 OC on eBay from a small electronics store for $360. Pulled the trigger - that's about what I paid for my 970 "way back when"

Stoked to get this!

Sounds like MSI Vega 64 Air Boost OC model...

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#11 Posted by xantufrog (11517 posts) -

@ronvalencia: yes that's the one. Has an enlarged variant on the reference blower design

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#12 Edited by ronvalencia (28063 posts) -

@xantufrog said:

@ronvalencia: yes that's the one. Has an enlarged variant on the reference blower design

Btw, somebody installed a normal CPU liquid cooler on VII and it clock to 2.2 Ghz. https://www.techpowerup.com/252693/modding-a-2x-140-mm-all-in-one-cpu-watercooler-onto-the-amd-radeon-vii

It should have enough clock speed to close into RTX 2080 Ti LOL.

https://www.reddit.com/r/Amd/comments/aha8xx/amd_or_partners_please_make_a_liquid_cooled/

Request for Radeon VII liquid cooled AIB models.

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#13 Posted by xantufrog (11517 posts) -

@ronvalencia: holy cracker barrel... That's something else.

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#14 Posted by PredatorRules (12447 posts) -
@xantufrog said:

Thanks again everyone - I actually stumbled on a sealed MSI Vega 64 OC on eBay from a small electronics store for $360. Pulled the trigger - that's about what I paid for my 970 "way back when"

Stoked to get this!

Smart move, I heard Navi / RX3000 series ain't coming till the end of this year, so they might be not relevant when Nvidia will fight with their RTX3000 series.

Shame on AMD.

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#15 Edited by rmpumper (652 posts) -

@PredatorRules: I also heard that, but the current release date seems to be July 7 (7-7 for 7nm): https://wccftech.com/amd-ryzen-3000-cpus-x570-motherboards-and-radeon-navi-gpus-7nm-launch-rumor/

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#16 Posted by Howmakewood (5929 posts) -
@rmpumper said:

@PredatorRules: I also heard that, but the current release date seems to be July 7 (7-7 for 7nm): https://wccftech.com/amd-ryzen-3000-cpus-x570-motherboards-and-radeon-navi-gpus-7nm-launch-rumor/

when was the last time wccftech was right on anything?

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#17 Posted by xantufrog (11517 posts) -

@howmakewood: eh, wouldn't matter much to me either way - i'd likely get very similar performance for the same price; possibly at a lower power draw but nothing to write home about I imagine. It should arrive tonight; I like MSI, I'm sure I'll love the card