ASUS ROG Strix RX Vega 56 Review

Test Setup, Overclocking and Boost Clocks

ASUS Strix RX Vega 56 Review

Test Setup

ASUS Strix RX Vega 56 OC Edition
Intel i7 6850K
ASUS X99 Strix
Corsair ROG Dominator Platinum 3200
Corsair RM1000i
Corsair LX 512GB OS
Corsair LS 480GB x2 Raid0 Games
Corsair H100i V2
Windows 10


The Vega architecture definitely needs to be approached from a slightly different angle than you might be used to, but the results are unquestionably spectacular. Rather than the "add more volts, up the clock speed, wait for the thermal limits to kick in", the GPU is much happier with a little lower voltage and an increase in the power target. In fact, as we'll see later, this approach not only gives higher clock speeds but lower power draw too. So take a moment to understand your card and your overclocking results will be all the better for it.

ASUS Strix RX Vega 56 Review 

Clock Speeds

Clearly taking the time to lower the voltage and really free the card up from the overvolted shackles pays dividends, with the Strix being the fastest average clocked Vega 56 we've looked at. Quicker than the AMD version and that had the fan on 100%. 

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Most Recent Comments

16-12-2017, 01:29:06

Seriously tempted to buy a Vega 56 solely because of Freesync - saving 100€+ on the monitor is kind of a big deal.Quote

16-12-2017, 02:25:11

Wow those temps and power draw results are seriously interesting! AMDs stock profiles are trash. Interested to find out other peoples OC results. Because if this is consistent then AMD are really making themselves look worse by running more hot and consuming more power than they need.

Also I really want to suggest testing in DX11 for Warhammer 1 and 2. DX12 in that game is very very inconsistent and more often than not worse performance even with AMD. It's hit or miss with AMD and definitely does worse on any Nvidia card.Quote

16-12-2017, 03:08:14

The cons is that the top MOSFET is still not fully covered by the cooling plate of the heatsink, resulting in extremely high vrm temp on that area just like what guru3d has shown on its vega64 strix review.Quote

16-12-2017, 09:44:33

If there is ever anything for a gamer and enthusiast to be interested in with Vega, it's what Tom has done here. 65°C at 1600Mhz is excellent. Power consumption is high, but if temperatures and performance is consistent and good then it's not a deal breaker for the majority of PC enthusiasts. Performance still isn't great when compared to the 1070Ti, but it would be a fun card to tweak. It's largely not worth it considering its current £560 price tag (that's what I paid for my faster 11Gbps GTX 1080), but it would be a fun project for those who have a lot of money to spare and are more interested in tweaking than gaming. Vega is more of a passion project than a good all round gaming card.Quote

17-12-2017, 01:09:41

Asus is really knocking it out of the park lately with their Strix cards....hell their Strix motherboards too. I've always been an Asus fan but they really just seem to be upping their game lately.Quote

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