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

Performance Summary & Conclusion

Performance summary chart

Below are the summary charts of 28 games and 4 synthetic tests. The highest settings are always chosen and DX12 is usually picked above DX11 where available, and the settings are ultra or maxed.  Specific settings are listed on the performance charts.  The benches were run at 1920×1080, 2560×1440, 3840×1440, and at 3840×2160.

All game results show average framerates and higher is always better. Minimum frame rates are shown next to the averages when they are available, but they are in italics and in a slightly smaller font.  In-game settings are ultra or fully maxed out, and they are identical across all platforms.

The GTX 1070 FE results are in the first performance results column and the RX Vega 56 results are shown in the second performance results column.  “Wins” are shown in yellow font. The first (yellow) performance results column shows the percentage differences between the RX Vega 56 and the GTX 1070 FE.  The third performance column represents the stock GTX 1080 FE results, the fourth performance column represents the RX Vega 64 Liquid Cooled edition results, and the final performance column shows GTX 1080 Ti FE results.

Open each of the 4 charts in separate windows or tabs for better viewing

Rainbox Six: Siege got a new major update and performance has increased with the new patch, especially for the RX Vega 56.  The GTX 1080/Ti and Vega 64 were benchmarked before the update and should not be compared with GTX 1070/RX Vega 56 results.

It appears from our 28-game testing that the $399 RX Vega is faster than the $399 GTX 1070 Founders Edition, but it falls well short of the $550 GTX 1080 FE performance which is just ahead of the $699 RX Vega Liquid Cooled edition.  And the $699 GTX 1080 Ti FE is simply in a performance class by itself.  

Let’s head for our conclusion.

The Conclusion

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.  Using performance as our primary metric, at $399, the RX Vega 56 is a pretty good deal from our testing so far.  However, it is impossible to find a $399 RX Vega 56 in stock at time of writing, and also the GTX 1070s are commanding a price-premium over their base MSRP of $379 because of crypto-currency mining demands on the GPU supply.  

RX Vega 56 inside PC – lit Radeon logo

Although we haven’t yet tested overclocking headroom with RX Vega 56 since overclocking is broken with AMD’s latest 17.9.1 drivers under WattMan, it appears that Vega 56 is the star of AMD’s Vega lineup.  We are next going to work on Vega 56 overclocking with Afterburner or we will revert to AMD’s last driver, and we will test VR performance in a few weeks after AMD has a chance to work on improving Vega VR drivers.  We are especially looking forward to AMD’s partner versions of Vega 56 which may be released in the next few weeks, and we are hopeful that upper-midrange video card pricing may return to normal soon.GTX 1070 fe vs RX Vega 56

Stay tuned, there is a lot coming from us at BTR.  Watch for our Vega 56 overclocking showdown versus the GTX 1070 FE this weekend!  And we have a new Standing Desk, the VertDest v3, that we are setting up now for review as we build our Ryzen 7 platform.  Please don’t forget to check BTR forums.  Our tech discussions are among the best to be found anywhere!

Happy Gaming!

Mark Poppin

BTR Editor-in-Chief

  • 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.