AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 versus NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070

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Temperature & Noise Testing

The gaming performance on a graphics card is the most important factor in buying a card, but you also need to be concerned about the noise, temperature and power consumption numbers. Since GPU-Z doesn’t yet read the temperatures of VEGA we didn’t have a way to record or log or temperatures. Using AMD Radeon Settings isn’t good for idle temperatures as it uses the GPU, so we ended up using GPU Shark to get some readings.

AMD Radeon RX VEGA 56 Temperatures:

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 reference card ran at 39C idle temps and hit 75C while gaming according to GPU Shark.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming Temperatures: 

The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming has no fans running at idle and averaged 42C and after gaming for over half an hour our temperatures managed to top out at 64C.

Sound Testing

We test noise levels with an Extech sound level meter that has ±1.5dB accuracy that meets Type 2 standards. This meter ranges from 35dB to 90dB on the low measurement range, which is perfect for us as our test room usually averages around 36dB. We measure the sound level two inches above the corner of the motherboard with ‘A’ frequency weighting. The microphone wind cover is used to make sure no wind is blowing across the microphone, which would seriously throw off the data.

When it comes to noise levels the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming with the WINDFORCE 3X cooler is the easy winner. This model has ‘fan stop’ for 0dB performance at idle and at load our meter on hit 46.6 dB. The AMD Radeon RX VEGA 56 has a blower style fan that always spins, so we were about 1dB higher at idle and 12 dB higher when gaming. The decibel scale is a logarithmic scale is used, rather than a linear one. Moving from 50 dB to 60 dB is a 10x increase in sound intensity, so this is a massive difference that one really needs to hear to believe.

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  • forextor

    Impressive review… you even included mining comparison!.. I am looking forward for comprehensive reviews like this in the future..

  • Meow Meow

    AMD should have priced BOTH cards 100$ USD LOWER and this would have been a much better discussion and review…

    Although I guess it doesnt matter what theyre priced if Joe Blow consumer cant obtain one.

    • Meno Mam

      One important piece of information that has been repeatedly presented wrongly in the review. 1070’s MSRP is $349, NOT $379. Miner inflated prices aside, this puts vega 56 in even worse light

  • Meow Meow

    They are limiting cards and still theres no stock.

    Big miners have contacts within the industry to procure cards before release…
    Also Coach, right now, probably not worth it. Unless you get free electric… Or get creative and mine an odd coin that may shoot up in value.

  • Coach

    I do not know why sellers will not limit the card to one per customer to start. That may help. At this point, the return on Ether is way down, is it not? I mean, even if you buy 4 Vegas in quad crossfire, would it be worth the electric to mine?

    • Nathan Kirsch

      The chart below is based one Radeon RX 480 video card at stock settings. It still is profitable to mine, but you are only making a couple bucks a day per card after electric expenses. As you can see the amount you make is generally dropping. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6aaef01d878d256c93e1bb1ea7c62f6d1a7d0f6c4ce0692bc5ef7101bece9a11.png

      • Ted

        This is a truly outstanding contribution to the article, Nate. And if electrical holds steady while performance drops, we got to rethink a lot about latest-gen options in GPU mining.

  • Coach

    I wonder how the aftermarket versions of Vega will fair. The comparison is with a Gigabyte G1 card with Windforce cooling (3 fans) versus a stock reference model. We know they do not cool as well. If you compared a Gigabyte version of Vega with 3 fans, you would see more comparable sound levels and likely a very slight bump in fps in some games, as usual for a non-reference card. When they come out in another month or so, a more direct comparison of Gigabyte cards or another brand would be interesting to see.

    • Coach

      LOL, I jumped the gun posting this after reading page 13, page 14 calls me out!!!! 😀

      • Coach

        At least I wasn’t mean like some people. 🙂 It was a “LEGIT” question.

        • Nathan Kirsch

          Coach, Your comment wasn’t mean it was truthful and makes a valid point. When custom AIB cards come out hopefully next month I’ll of course review them and compare them. I had people call me mean things, tell me I don’t know what I’m doing, that this is a waste of space and even link to ‘better’ sites on this comment section. Funny they linked to sites that are pay to play and have no idea what is going on behind the scenes. Some sites get cards days before others, so to have someone come on here and bash my coverage and then link to another site with better more in-depth coverage does strike a nerve. When a site gets paid for something and gets it earlier than the rest… I do expect it to be more in-depth and better. Heck, it should be as they were getting paid for it. I haven’t deleted a post on LR in years, but that got me. If anyone wants to see something tested and I have the ability to do it then I’ll do it. I do it for free and have always done that for people in the comment section and the forums. It’s one thing to ask someone to try a different test setup if they could and another thing to tell someone they are garbage and bash them. That isn’t right.

          end rant… sorry 🙁

    • Coach

      However, I still want to see a Gigabyte Vega 56 with Windforce tested. 😉

      • Nathan Kirsch

        We are still around a month away from custom AIB cards coming out. Heck, we are still 10 days away from the Vega 56 reference card being released. I so want to see the custom cooled cards as well. Mining performance on the water cooled cards look good, so it looks like lower Voltage and temps might actually help this series! I don’t have any water cooled models here to try it on and AIB’s haven’t even shipped cards to the US yet.

        • Ted

          I believe said card is out today

  • Norman

    Finally a review that compares Vega to the newest GTX cards ….
    Interesting read, bit dissapointed at Vega results and availibility.
    Lets see what the price does compared to 1070 when it does come available over here.

  • AMDominant

    Weak, run of the mill shill “testing” here. Of course FPS, thermals, and noise are going to favor an AIB triple fan vs a reference blower. Thanks for wasting space.

    • Nathan Kirsch

      Glad to see AMD Team Red is still kicking. Please go take a look at Newegg and count the blower style GTX 1070 cards versus the others and let me know what you came up with. No waste of time here just facts. If you don’t like the temperature/noise results then don’the look at those pages. The FPS results are what they are. AMD has had Vega running in the labs since 2016, so I think they were able to properly cool it.

      • Conor

        Deleting comments that call you out, nice one.