The initial performance of the new AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 may have looked a little poor at launch if you had expected it to outperform Nvidia's one-year GTX 10 series. At best, Vega 56 was a bit faster than the GTX 1070 for about the same amount of money, but consumed more power. Although we looked absolutely impressive, we felt it was going to be a tough sale.
We had the opportunity to give Vega 56 a good workout at launch, but we didn't get a Vega 64 card in time for a review. In fact, our rehearsal didn't arrive until Monday. At that point we dropped everything and have been testing it ever since.
Still, this could be the largest GPU benchmarking session in Catrachadas history. It's so big that we almost gave up after accepting the challenge. After about a week of testing, we have an incredible amount of data to flood. Our original plan was to add five games to the 25 titles we originally tested. In the end, after so many requests, we felt forced to add seven more games for a total of 32 titles that were rated in this article.
We also added results from the GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 Founders Edition graphics cards, which were compared with the custom board partner cards with resolutions of 1080p, 1440p and 4K.
We will use our 4.9 GHz Core i7-7700K test bench, but are still planning extensive tests with Vega and the GeForce 10 series on Ryzen as well. Playing around enough, we have work to do …
We have Ashes of the Singularity, also known as "Ashes of the Benchmark", and this is a title that I expected AMD's new Vega series to do quite well. Nvidia has spent a lot of time developing its drivers to compensate for this. The weak DX12 performance of the GeForce 10 series pays off here. The GTX 1070 roughly corresponds to the Vega 56, while the GTX 1080 corresponds to the best version of the Vega 64 – overall a mild result for AMD.
Assassin's Creed Syndicate was brought back for this article after some requests were received, including from Tim – not sure if he was a fan of the game or what. Unfortunately, this is a bad title for AMD and even the air-cooled Vega 64 card falls behind the GTX 1070. With our second tested title, this is not a lot of effort, but AMD has to restore another 30 titles.
Well, it didn't take long for Battlefield 1 and we're already seeing a much more competitive performance from Vega. However, it is remarkable how poorly the air-cooled Vega 64 card performs in this title and just manages to displace Vega 56. The liquid-cooled version is much more impressive at an average of 122 fps, which is a good deal faster than a custom GTX 1080.