Tuesday, November 28th 2017

GIGABYTE Launches Radeon RX Vega Gaming OC WindForce 2X Series

GIGABYTE has a custom-design Radeon RX Vega series after all, with the company announcing the RX Vega 64 WindForce 2X and RX Vega 56 WindForce 2X graphics cards. These cards combine a 100% custom-design PCB by GIGABYTE, with a large WindForce 2X cooling-solution that the company is debuting with these cards. The cooler features a split aluminium fin-stack heatsink to which heat drawn by 8 mm-thick copper heat-pipes is fed; ventilated by a pair of large 100 mm fans, which stay off when the GPU is idling. The heat-pipes make direct contact with the GPU and HBM2 stacks, while a base-plate conveys heat drawn from the VRM MOSFETs.

The back-plate has a copper center-plate and a flat heat-pipe of its own, drawing heat from the PCB via non-electrically-conductive thermal pads. The two fans blow air onto the heatsink, but one fan spins clockwise to do this, while the other spins counter-clockwise. The custom-design PCB features a 13-phase VRM, and draws power from a pair of 8-pin PCIe power connectors. Both cards come with factory-overclocked speeds, with the engine-clock boosting up to 1560 MHz, while the memory clock is left untouched. The card features an unusual display connector loadout, including three each of DisplayPort 1.4 and HDMI 2.0 ports, all located on the rear panel. The company didn't reveal pricing.
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11 Comments on GIGABYTE Launches Radeon RX Vega Gaming OC WindForce 2X Series

#1
cucker tarlson
Cheap non-reference, bridging the gap between the awful blower style reference and more expensive Nitro/Devil cards. This is still gonna run hot and loud, but a lot better than reference.
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HD64G
Bad cooling. They didn't make it even for Polaris with this type of cooler. let's hope they have put more heatpipes in it. Only good thing I can see in this iteration is the 6 monitor connections...
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#3
Dj-ElectriC
RX VEGA launch was and continues to be a sad joke unfortunately.
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#4
zo0lykas
8mm cooling pipes are very good, sure not espect to run this at full load with 40c lol, like every one know vega is power hungry card.
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HD64G said:
Bad cooling. They didn't make it even for Polaris with this type of cooler. let's hope they have put more heatpipes in it. Only good thing I can see in this iteration is the 6 monitor connections...
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evernessince
cucker tarlson said:
Cheap non-reference, bridging the gap between the awful blower style reference and more expensive Nitro/Devil cards. This is still gonna run hot and loud, but a lot better than reference.
This is often exaggerated, the reference card isn't actually that bad, especially on the Vega 56. The main question should be "did they undervolt" because the reason the cards run so hot is because AMD way overvolted them at stock.
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Ubersonic
HD64G said:
Bad cooling. They didn't make it even for Polaris with this type of cooler. let's hope they have put more heatpipes in it. Only good thing I can see in this iteration is the 6 monitor connections...
Actually they did use this type of cooler on some of the RX580 cards, which are comparable power wise to Vega 56. Not sure how they will handle Vega 64 though, probably a lower boost clock than reference (or just a lot of noise lol).
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Vya Domus
evernessince said:
The main question should be "did they undervolt" because the reason the cards run so hot is because AMD way overvolted them at stock.
They'll never do that , AMD wouldn't allow for them to sell cards out of spec. There's a reason these cards run at those voltages , they can't reliably undervolt every GPU they make.
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#9
toilet pepper
The Aorus cooler is having a hard time cooling my 1070 at stock. I dont expect much from these cooling a Vega.
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#10
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
Can't wait to see the mining version.
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#11
Valantar
Seems like I'm the only one here relieved to see a non-ridiculous looking custom Vega card. Wonder how the cooler performs, though, as that's obviously the most important thing. Still, what's with the unnecessarily large PCB, Gigabyte?

I love that they actually put a heatpipe along the VRMs on the backplate, though. That's something I'd like to see catch on.
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