AMD RX VEGA 56 Mining Review

The biggest quest for Ethereum miners is undoubtedly the search for a great GPU for their mining rig. There are a lot of options to choose from, and the sad fact that the GPU that comes in most computers by default just won’t do.

MINING SPECS

ETH Hashpower:

  • Power: 306 Watt
  • Hash Rate: 32.4 MH/s

ETH Hashpower (Vega 64 Flash Mod)

*Not confirmed, not tested only theory.

ETH Hashpower (modded in Bios, Blockchain Drivers)

*Claymore tested, by us, with more than 3 cards

  • Power: 160 Watt
  • Hash Rate: 38 MH/s

ETH Hashpower (dual mining NiceHash)

*Claymore tested, by us, with more than 3 cards

  • Power: 160 Watt
  • Hash Rate: 32 MH/s

ZEC Hashpower (modded in Bios, Blockchain Drivers)

*Claymore tested, by us, with more than 3 cards

  • Power: 140 Watt
  • Hash Rate: 420 Sol/s

Our Test on AMD RX VEGA 56 (testing from Sep 13, 2017)

DriversGPUMemoryPower Lim.Power C.SoftwarePoolGPU temp (C)MH/sRPMNote
Blockchain Drivers
(09/18/17)
1102 MHz950 Mhz-15%130WClaymoreEthermine74-7838400-4900unstable
Original AMD (17.9.1)Default800 Mhz0200WClaymoreEthermine74-7832400-4900unstable
Blockchain Drivers (09/18/17)902 MHz900 MHz-10%166WNiceHashNiceHash60312000-4900Stable

Vega 56 Blockchain drivers settings

*Amd Rx Vega 56 tested on 09/18/17  590 W power draw (90W system), 3 Vega 56 cards reported: 6.11 $/day with Nicehash (ETH & Library) BTC price $3950 ETH price $290.

Claymore AMD VEGA 56 ETH Mining at 38MH/s stable, same settings. (Update: 09/19/17)

Vega 56 proof 38MH/s

vega 56 claymore speed proof

 

AMD has started to acknowledge Ethereum miners with its latest line of Vega GPUs.

One of the most well documents problems with AMD’s Radeon Rx Vega 64 is the supply issue. Regardless. it is hardly the only AMD card available, amd a less powerful card was announced that gave users hope for access to a new GPU. The Radeon RX Vega 56 was sold out almost as soon as it hit the shelves.

Amazon had been selling the XFX and the Sapphire Vega 56 although they were quickly sold out. Gamers desperate for a new GPU and others hoping to deplete the supply and sell for a higher price after create the demand made this happen. Both the XFX and the Vega 56 sold at $399.99. The cards also went out of stock on Newegg and Ebay.

Best Buy had the XFX Vega 56 listed at $499,99, which is $100 over the MSRP. It is sold out there, as well.
AMD said that it is working hard to meet the supply demand for these two cards, just as the company said it was doing with the Vega 64. AMD said that it is working with its supply partners to get more of the cards stocked as quickly as they can.

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The Vega 56 looks to be quite promising for gamers, and benchmark tests implied that it would be a viable alternative to the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070. The card is also being looked upon with hope from Ethereum miners, and AMD has released new drivers intended specifically for mining. These drivers will amp up the performance of Vega10 GPUs. The Vega 56 shows a consistent 36.48 MH/s when the memory was clocked to 1900MHz.

Pros and Cons

38.48 MH/s isn’t very high, but it is still the best for 130W of consumption. The memory clock speed is promising, especially when overclocked. However, this GPU isn’t perfect and using a fan or air conditioner will help to keep it cool. Remember that the fan isn’t a one stop solution to the health of your GPU. Regardless the cooling system it uses, operating in a cooled room will be healthier for your GPU than in a hot one.

Final Thoughts on The AMD RX VEGA 56

It may be hard to get your hands on the RX Vega 56, but if you do, would you really want it? There are better cards to get your hands on for around the same price tag, and it seems that AMD has been striking out a little bit with their cards and the use for mining. However, it is nice to see that AMD is looking out for miners with mining specific drivers. As an entry level mining GPU, the RX Vega 56 could work decently enough to get your feet wet in the mining industry.

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AMD VEGA RX 56

$649.00
AMD VEGA RX 56
88

Price

10/10

    Power Consumption

    9/10

      HashPower

      9/10

        Temperature

        8/10

          Noise

          8/10

            Pros

            • Low W/MH (5W per MH/s) *tested

            Cons

            • Difficult to find
            • Only 1 fan

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