Review: Sapphire Radeon Pulse RX VEGA 56 8GB [Manufacturer’s no.: 11276-02-40G]

SAPPHIRE PULSE Radeon RX Vega 56 belongs to the budget gaming series PULSE. The manufacturer did a very good job on the design and cooling of the video card: 2 massive fans (100 mm) from Champion manufacturer, a 6 mm heatpipe, a two-piece radiator, a pretty RGB backlight and a huge beautiful backplate. The video card pulls all modern games on ultra-high settings in FullHD. However, when playing UltraHD, you will have to lower the settings to a high or even medium level. In the program 3DMark Firestrike Ultra, the result is about 4800 points, which roughly corresponds to the result of the competitor’s 1070ti STRIX card without overclocking.

Among the main advantages of the Sapphire Radeon Pulse RX VEGA 56 8GB video card: high performance, factory overclocking, an efficient cooling system, beautiful design and pleasant backlighting, a dual BIOS switch, the ability to easy replacement of cooling system and convenient fan cleaning at home. Despite the fact that the video card is built on a shortened PCB of the Mini-ITX format, the device still turned out to be quite big and takes as many as 2.5 slots in your system case.

You can buy Sapphire Radeon Pulse RX VEGA 56 8.0 GB High End graphics card for the price 354,- . Don’t forget to use discount coupon on computeruniverse.netFWNNROU (How to use it?).

Specifications

  • purpose: gaming graphics card
  • form factor: occupies 2.5 slots, ATX282 X 125 X 50 dimensions / mm
  • 8192 MB of video memory HBM2
  • core frequency: 1208 MHz, in Boost mode – 1512 MHz
  • memory frequency: 1600 MHz
  • SLI / CrossFire support
  • HDMI connectors, DisplayPort x3
  • OpenGL® 4.5, OpenCL 2.0, DirectX® 12, Shader Model 5.0 support
  • BIOS: Dual UEFI BIOS support
  • work with 4 monitors
  • AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics processor
  • manufacturer code 11276-02-40G
  • interface PCI-E 16x 3.0
  • the code name of the graphics processor Vega 10 XL
  • 14 nm process technology
  • number of monitors supported: 4
  • maximum resolution of 7680 × 4320
  • power consumption <750 W

Graphics processor

  • Stream processors 3584, 14 nm
  • The core clock frequency 1208 MHz
  • Increasing the core clock frequency to 1512 MHz
  • API: OpenGL® 4.5, OpenCL 2.0, DirectX® 12, Shader Model 5.0

Memory

  • 2048-bit memory bus
  • Memory Type HBM2
  • 800 MHz effective memory frequency
  • 8 GB capacity

Technology

  • AMD crossfire
  • FreeSync Technology
  • AMD Eyefinity
  • AMD Liquid VR Technology
  • AMD Xconnect ready
  • DirectX ™ 12 Optimized
  • Radeon VR ready Premium
  • HDR Ready
  • Frame Rate Target Control
  • Dual-X Cooling
  • Intelligent Fan Control III
  • Fuse protection
  • Precision fan control
  • Robust VRM Cooling
  • Radeon chill
  • Radeon relive

Other specs

  • GPU frequency 1208 MHz
  • The amount of video memory 8192 MB
  • Type of video memory HBM2
  • 1600 MHz video memory frequency
  • The bus width of the video memory is 2048 bits
    SLI / CrossFire mode support

Connection

  • Connectors: Support 1x HDMI 2.0b3x DisplayPort 1.4
  • HDMI Version: 2.0b
  • DisplayPort Version: 1.4

Math block

  • The number of universal processors: 3584
  • Shaders Version: 5.0
  • Number of texture units: 224
  • Number of rasterization blocks: 64
  • Maximum degree of anisotropic filtering: 16x
  • Support: DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5

Features

  • Compatible with OS: Windows 7, Windows 10
  • Vulkan support: yes
  • OpenCL 2.0 version
  • The need for additional power: yes, 8 pin + 8 pin
  • Recommended power supply: 750 W
    TDP: 180W
  • Cooling system design: custom
  • Cooling: Dual-X 92 mm fans, Dual ball bearings
  • Dimensions (WxHxT): 282x125x50 mm

System requirements

  • Power supply 750 W (recommendation)
  • 2 x 8 pin AUX power connector
  • CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive for software installation
  • Requires a PC based on PCI Express® 2.0 or higher with a single X16 graphics slot on the system board to ensure compatibility with the video card.

Video Card Review

SAPPHIRE RADEON RX VEGA 56 8G is designed for enthusiastic gamers who want to get maximum performance without spending more money. The Radeon RX Vega 56 cards provide complete gameplay for enthusiasts, delivering high performance combined with advanced display technologies designed for serious gamers. Move on to the next generation of exciting games and immerse yourself in the most awesome games and virtual reality. Escape from intense graphics games with high frame rates, ultra-wide immersion and Ultra HD resolution.

The cooling system of SAPPHIRE RADEON RX VEGA 56 8G is good: at idle it works maximun on +40 ºС., And at peak the temperature reaches +70 ºС at 1300 rpm and the noise level is below average.

In game performance

With great WQHD performance, the SAPPHIRE PULSE Radeon RX Vega 56 is the beating heart of a gamer’s PC. The factory-overclocked GPU will pump frames with superb efficiency, delivering smooth and stutter-free gaming in ultra details.

3440×1440 – Game in WQHD

POWERED BY VEGA

The Radeon Vega Series features the 2nd generation of High Bandwidth Memory and many engine improvements to provide top-class gaming performance. On top of the future-proof hardware features, Radeon Software brings in powerful tools and optimizations: Radeon Chill technology, ReLive gameplay recording & streaming or AMD Link monitoring app.

Dual-X Cooling

SAPPHIRE Dual-X cooling keeps the temperatures under control. A quiet duo of 92 mm fans with advanced airfoil section blades works to dissipate all the heat. With dust-repelling dual ball bearings, Dual-X ensures exceptional reliability.

When it’s cleaning time, the fans are easy to remove with a single screw thanks to SAPPHIRE’s Quick Connect 2 system.

Intelligent Fan Control III

Enjoy the silence! Under light workloads, the fans won’t spin at all. They restart when you fire up a new game. This ensures your GPU stays cool.

Quality Components

Rest assured that gaming on SAPPHIRE Pulse remains stable no matter how long your session lasts. We’re using industry-leading components that are engineered to last, maintain great power and minimize coil whine.

 

AMD Eyefinity technology

AMD Eyefinity technology expands the traditional limits of desktop computing by multiplying your screen area. With multiple monitors, games become more immersive, workstations become more useful and you become more productive.

AMD CrossFire

AMD CrossFire technology is the ultimate multi-GPU performance gaming platform. Unlocking game-dominating power, AMD CrossFire harnesses the power of two or more discrete graphics cards working in parallel to dramatically improve gaming performance. AMD CrossFire technology ready graphics cards fit practically every budget. With the flexibility to combine two, three or four GPUs, AMD CrossFire technology is the perfect solution for those who demand extreme performance.

AMD LiquidVR

LiquidVR is an AMD initiative dedicated to making VR as comfortable and realistic as possible by creating and maintaining what’s known as “presence” – a state of immersive awareness where situations, objects, or characters within the virtual world seem “real.” Guided by close collaboration with key technology partners in the ecosystem, LiquidVR uses AMD’s GPU software and hardware sub-systems to tackle the common issues and pitfalls of achieving presence, such as reducing motion-to-photon latency to less than 10 milliseconds.

Testing and overclocking

The video card is also suitable for overclocking: it can be overclocked to the core from 1590 MHz to 1650 MHz, and from memory to 950 MHz, with an increase in the Power Limit by 50%. Below are the test results in TechPowerUp GPU-Z 2.10.0 (information about all the parameters of the video card), 3DMark (synthetic test for enthusiasts), gaming performance (Ashes of the singularity, Assasin’s Creed Origins, Battlefield 1, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Doom, Far Cry 5, GTA V, Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, PUBG, Rise of the Tomb Raider, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt).

Customer Reviews

Buyers have noted following advantages of graphic card: high-quality assembly , has a good cooling system and sufficient performance for all modern games. The Pulse series is built on a simplified PCB, but this has not affected performance much.

Some users have noted in their reviews and negative aspects. This is the noise of the fans, the squeal of chokes in games and most importantly, the size of the video card, because of it three slots are occupied.

Great for 1080p!
July 14, 2018 [Verified Purchase]

I have a 144hz 1080p monitor and I’m able to game with >60fps constant while streaming videos on a second monitor with this GPU. The only time it dipped under 60 was with FO4 but I hear it’s terribly optimized. Make sure you have a good PSU, the power draw was upwards of 180W. Temp never got above 56 degrees though. I hear you can flash a Vega64 BIOS onto it for better performance but I have no idea how to do that and really have no need to yet.

Customer review from Amazon.com

Good card
October 24, 2018 [Verified Purchase]

This card is alright for the price of $479.99 at the time of posting this, I unfortunately purchased this card for $679(was even on sale) because I thought its price was going to rise even more. The card is really quiet & the fans rarely turn on for me & I’d love to talk more about it’s performance but my experience with this card is a bit scewed negative due to not having windows 8.1 drivers available & my 2700X not being supported by win8.1. Even though I have a lack of driver support the card runs pretty well It scored a Graphics score of 4 804 in 3DMark Firestrike Ultra

Customer review from Amazon

 

Very clean appearance and performance than expected.
November 28, 2018
Verified Purchase
Very clean appearance and performance than expected.

ASUS R9 390 STRIX card compared to the picture
You can see a sizable heatsink and a nervous product.
It is equipped with Samsung HBM and is impressive in noise and performance.
Fluid motion is a bonus.
Very satisfied ~~

Customer review from Amazon

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