Asus’s RX Vega 56 and 64 Cards Are On The Way, But Questions Remain
It’s taken a while, but it looks like Asus’s 56 and 64 Vega graphics cards are on the way.
The cards were originally announced back in August, but there were some technical issues that necessitated a delay in their launch. One of the biggest issues that affected the majority of AMD’s partners was a high amount of variance in the quality of the chips that AMD sent to them. They simply couldn’t find a stable overclock frequency that worked well. However, now, it appears that these issues have been resolved.
That being said, there is a lot we don’t know about these cards. Asus hasn’t announced the clock speed yet. It’s a pretty safe assumption that they will feature the same speeds as the reference models though it is always possible they may be a bit higher.
In terms of software support, Asus’s cards will support Crossfire which will enable gamers to make use of multiple GPUs as well as AMD FreeSync. The latter should help make images look better and cut down on tearing and choppiness. Those seeking multiple monitor support will be glad to know that Eyefinity will provide support for up to four monitors.
In terms of cooling, the cards offer a triple-fan setup and Asus’s MaxContact Technology which they claim is 10 times flatter than standard heat spreaders which will provide better thermal transfer. The fans themselves will be Wing-Blade IP5X-certified fans.
In terms of appearance customization, the fan shroud and backplate will feature RGB lighting which can be customized using Aura Sync.
Beyond that, there are still some important questions that Asus needs to answer in regards to these GPUs. Perhaps most importantly, we don’t know when the company will ship them or how much they’ll cost. We expect they’ll be in line with other cards in the Vega family, but we simply don’t know.
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