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RX Vega 56 vs. GTX 1070 FE – 28 Game Showdown

Intro

This RX Vega 56 showdown is a follow-up in our Vega “unleashed” series.  We benchmark 28 games at 4 resolutions to determine the overall winner between the GTX 1070 Founders Edition and the reference RX Vega 56 at the $399 price-point.

RX Vega 56 vs GTX 1070 FE

Last month, AMD released its new Vega 64 processor in a vain attempt to beat the GTX 1080 and to take the performance crown from NVIDIA’s GTX 1080 Ti. We have put our liquid-cooled flagship Vega 64 and the Founders Editions of the GTX 1080 and the GTX 1080 Ti through their paces with ten VR games and also each overclocked to the max with 28 modern PC games, and in most cases, the $549 GTX 1080 FE is faster while the GTX 1080 Ti is in a class by itself as the world’s fastest gaming video card.  And now we are going to compare the GTX 1070 FE with the reference RX Vega 56 which are both priced at $399 although the Vega 56 is still mostly out of stock.

Both the reference Vega 56 and the GTX 1070 FE are sturdy cards with solid backplates

Since we are using the reference version of both cards, we have set each card to its maximum power and temperature limits – and in the case of the RX Vega 56 – we have increased its minimum fan speed and allowed it to spin up to maximum so that it does not throttle, and we saw our overall stock-clocked Boost average around 1646MHz.  We had originally planned to post overclocking results between the RX Vega 56 and the GTX 1070 FE, but AMD’s latest 17.9.1 drivers do not allow the core nor memory overclocks to be set under WattMan.

The RX Vega 56 requires 2×8-PCIe connectors; the GTX 1070 FE requires one

Our testing platform is Windows 10 Home 64-bit, using an Intel Core i7-6700K at 4.00GHz which turbos all cores to 4.6GHz as set in the ASRock Z170 motherboard’s BIOS, and 16GB of HyperX DDR4 at 3333MHz. The settings and hardware are identical except for the two cards being tested.  We will compare the performance of 28 modern games at 1920×1080, 2560×1440, 3440×1440 and 3840×2160 resolutions with maximum settings.

Let’s see how well a non-throttling RX Vega 56 matches up with a Founders Editions of the GTX 1070.

  • LIQUIIID!!

    “And the $650 GTX 1080 Ti FE is simply in a performance class by itself.”

    Might wanna fix that.

    • apoppin

      Fixed. Thank-you. Yes, it’s $699.

  • Me Ted

    “Unlike the RX Vega 64 Liquid Cooled edition which fell quite short of its performance target of the GTX 1080 Ti”

    That was never on AMD’s trajectory. The 1080 was.

    • apoppin

      No half-quotes please:
      “Unlike the RX Vega 64 Liquid Cooled edition which fell quite short of its performance target of the GTX 1080 Ti and barely matched the GTX 1080, the RX Vega 56 is faster than the GTX 1070 FE.”

      AMD’s $699 flagship RX Vega 64 is priced to match NVIDIA’s flagship, the GTX 1080 Ti even though the reference version is priced in GTX 1080 territory. By AMD’s own pricing, it is right to compare Vega 64 with both the GTX 1080 and with the GTX 1080 Ti.