AMD Radeon RX Vega review: Vega 56, Vega 64, and liquid-cooled Vega 64 tested

Find out whether RX Vega was worth the wait.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider tends to perform better on GeForce cards, on the other hand. It’s utterly gorgeous and one of the first games to receive specific optimizations for AMD’s new Ryzen processors (not that it matters here).  

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Vega 56 manages to hang blow-for-blow with the GTX 1070 even in this best-case scenario for GeForce cards—impressive indeed. Vega 64 churns out decent frame rates of its own, but isn’t as fast as the GTX 1080 Founders Edition, even with a decent performance boost in liquid-cooled form. The gap is most noticeable with everything cranked at 1440p resolution, where the air-cooled Vega 64 lags the GTX 1080 by 15 percent. Still, Vega 64’s 90fps average is nothing to sneer at.

The $700 GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition outpunches the $700 Vega 64 liquid-cooled edition by nearly 33 percent. That is something worth raising an eyebrow over.

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