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Vega 64 2021 + X58 Review - Kana's FineWine Edition

Vega 64 2021 + X58 Review
Kana's FineWine Edition


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Introduction

Happy New Year! Since I have not been able to get my hands on a RTX 3000 or Radeon 6000 series GPU I have decided to write another article on the RX Vega 64. This article will be a bit different than my previous article from last year. The first difference being that I have finally decided to try out the “YouTube Review Thing”, as I call it. So this article will be accompanied with my “YouTube Review” video for the RX Vega 64. The second is that I am covering several titles that I didn’t benchmark in the previous article along with a few more hardware related twists.

I have overclocked my old and trusty Intel X58 to 4.6Ghz with tighter DDR-1600Mhz RAM timings; the previous article ran 4Ghz with normal DDR3-1600 RAM timings (9-9-9-24). I have also overclocked the Vega 64 “HBM” (VRAM Memory Timings) to 1100Mhz, up from 945Mhz, which was very easy to accomplish and should give a few more percentages and performance. The 3 year old RX Vega 64 pulls a lot of wattage and getting the core clock to lock to a specific clock isn’t the easiest thing to do, due to how AMD developed the Vega architecture, so I am just leaving the core at stock for now. I am also running AMD latest drivers for my Vega 64, Radeon Adrenaline 20.12.1 [December 8th 2020]. Later in this article I speak about the RX Vega 64 price before and after my previous 2020 review.

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Vega 64 2020 + X58 Review - Kana's FineWine Edition

Vega 64 2020 + X58 Review
Kana's FineWine Edition

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Update: 1-9-2021: 
RX Vega 64 2021 Article


Update: 7-21-2020: 
Price and Performance Comparison against RTX 2070\2060S - RX 5700 XT - GTX 1080\1080 Ti



Introduction


I finally got my hands on a decently priced RX Vega 64 LC to replace my R9 Fury X. I already knew that another "FineWine" review article was coming the moment I started playing a few games. It took a while to finish everything, but I have benched the Radeon RX Vega 64 LC against 18 different games at multiple resolutions. This article includes roughly 64 individual benchmarks. Although it was time consuming I believe it was worth it. My review is somewhat unique due to running my 12 years old Intel X58 platform which only has a PCIe 2.0 x16 slot for the Vega 64 in 2020. This review will give people more insight into how well both of them perform together. As usual feel free to leave your comments at the end of the article.

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Crimson ReLive 16.12.1 - Several Games Benchmarked @ 4K

 

 

 

 

Crimson ReLive 16.12.1 - Several Games Benchmarked @ 4K

Radeon Software

 

  Initially I was planning on releasing several games running max settings, or the highest preset at 3840x2160 [4K] during the beginning of 2017, however AMD recently released their “Crimson ReLive” 16.12.1 drivers and I’ve sped up the process. The new drivers and features have plenty of AMD users excited. AMD has been stepping up their driver support since 2014-2015. In 2015 AMD went into overdrive mode with their driver support and ensured gamers that they would get up to date drivers more rapidly than in the past.

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AMD Fury X 2020 - Kana's FineWine Edition

AMD Fury X 2020 - Kana's FineWine Edition


Update: 7-4-2020: X58 + X5660 + Fury X Power Usage

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Introduction


During a fierce battle for the GPU crown a much smaller company, AMD, prepares to release the Radeon Fury X. Never failing to rain on a sunny day parade, Nvidia releases the GTX 980 Ti two weeks before the Fury X in an attempt to undercut any hype for AMD. The hype train was off the rails for both companies during these times. This was a huge deal for AMD because not only were they reviving the Fury brand name, they were also releasing a new technology called “HBM” - High Bandwidth Memory. In my opinion HBM was a game changer and one of the major deciding factors during my decision between the 980 Ti and the Fury X. The raw performance numbers looked breathtaking. During this time AMD was trying to re-build trust from enthusiast while fighting several battles at once against Intel & Nvidia. AMD also promised to focus more on driver related issues and to update drivers more often. I took them to their word and they have delivered on several occasions. Nearly every new game released over the past 5 years either has drivers ready or promptly available after release. 

It feels like it was just yesterday when I was undervolting and underclocking my Fury X while still getting well over 60FPS in Doom (2016) @ 4K with "Nightmare" graphical settings. Time flies and nearly 5 years after the Fury X release I am still running my Fury X and enjoying the latest and greatest games. It has been 4 years since my last Fury X Review which you can read by clicking here.AMD FineWine keeps getting better and better. That doesn’t mean that the card wasn’t great on Day 1. I enjoyed the heck out of this GPU every year since I first purchased it in 2015. The fact that I can still play several newer games in 4K with near maxed out settings in 2020 is amazing in my honest opinion. I’m also using a 12 year old platform, Intel X58, to perform the benchmarks. While I might not have the latest and greatest tech my workstation\gaming rig is still capable.

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Battlefield 1 Fury X DX12 Benchmarks

Battlefield 1 Fury X DX12 Benchmarks

BF1

 

  EA is once again releasing another Battlefield title. Over the past few years Call of Duty has been the game to beat, but it seems as if that is an impossible task. BF1 has a lot of hype surrounding it and DICE has some of the best developers on the planet. At the moment Battlefield is winning the public opinion over its rival Call of Duty. This is mostly due to Call of Duty yearly rehashes, buggy gameplay and forcing fans to purchase Infinity Warfare in order to play CoD: MW2. That’s not to say that Battlefield titles don’t have their fair share of bugs and glitches, but Battlefield seems to get plenty of patches far longer than CoD titles.

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