Rx480 vs Vega 56

Mtj

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I would like to know your opinion about an upgrade I'm considering. I currently have a Rx 480 4 GB and I'm considering to get a Vega 56 8 GB. I really don't want to spend 400 € for a midrange card. I have a 1080p monitor and I like to play open world games like GTA 5.

Is it Vega 56 worth the upgrade?
 
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Zstream

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I would like to know your opinion about an upgrade I'm considering. I currently have a Rx 480 4 GB and I'm considering to get a Vega 56 8 GB. I really don't want to spend 400 € for a midrange card. I have a 1080p monitor and I like to play open world games like GTA 5.

Is it Vega 56 worth the upgrade?
Nah. I have a 480, and a 2060. The difference in FPS isn’t as significant as you might think. As a disclaimer I just lower shadows or a few other things and get better results on both. Either wait another year and get something worth the upgrade, or spend more and get a 1080.
 
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I would like to know your opinion about an upgrade I'm considering. I currently have a Rx 480 4 GB and I'm considering to get a Vega 56 8 GB. I really don't want to spend 400 € for a midrange card. I have a 1080p monitor and I like to play open world games like GTA 5.

Is it Vega 56 worth the upgrade?
I would get the new NAVI card (RX 5700).
There is a ASROCK RX 5700 cardavailable at new egg for $359.

https://www.newegg.com/asrock-radeon-rx-5700-rx-5700-challenger-d-8g-oc/p/N82E16814930021
 
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Shmee

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I agree, get a custom cooler Navi card, would be the best upgrade. You may have to be patient though and wait a bit, the custom cooled cards are just trickling out now and often out of stock at the moment.
 
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fleshconsumed

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I'm in the same boat and I was considering Vega 56 as well, but I decided against it. Yes, Vega 56 is 40-50% faster than RX480, but at the cost of big power envelope and heat. Ultimately I didn't feel like 40-50% was a worthwhile tradeoff. Navi is about twice as fast as RX480, but it is also expensive. For the time being I'm going to stick with my RX480 for as long as I can, hopefully next year there will be more competition from 7nm nVidia and maybe even Intel to bring prices down to reasonable levels again.
 
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Mtj

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Yes, I'm from Europe, Slovenia exactly and purchasing from US or outside EU in general (Newegg, ...) it is not attractive, because I would have to pay VAT (22%). I usually purchase computer hardware form Amazon.de. I actually found XFX AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GB card for 349 €, but was in doubt when I compared it to Gigabyte RX Vega 56 Gaming OC 8G for 288,75 €. I'm currently planning in getting a new computer and my budget is a bit tight, so every € counts. Currently I plan to order:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 3600 with Wraith prism cooler
MB: Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite (I know this isn't the cheapest motherboard but it comes with Intel network and ALC1200 sound
RAM: 32 GB HyperX HX432C16PB3/16 (2*16 DDR4 3200)
SSD: Samsung 970 EVO m.2 nvme 1TB
CASE: Phanteks P400S or P400A
PSU: Be quiet! Pure power 11 700w

Thanks to all for your advices.
 

Chicken76

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I am also considering a similar upgrade, only I'm coming from an RX470. The fact I use Linux means that the new Navi cards are not a good idea for me this year, so Vega will have to do.
 
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Flayed

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I upgraded from a 1050ti to a Vega 56 a few months ago. It was a large performance increase considering it only cost £200.
 
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Paratus

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I’ve got the Red Devil 56:


It’s fairly quiet, runs around 210-220W while benchmarking and scores ~7K in Timespy.

OC’d to 1667 core 930 mem with a 4.15ghz OC on my TR1900X and I can hit 7530 in Timespy. Card power goes up over 260W however. This card is roughly on par with a stock 1080FE or 2060. In a few games it’s as fast as a 2070. In a few games it’s around the 1070TI.

If it’s a good price and an aftermarket card it’s probably worth it. It will run any game out there at 1440P 60HZ at high - very high settings*

*usual caveats apply.
 

Guru

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Nah. I have a 480, and a 2060. The difference in FPS isn’t as significant as you might think. As a disclaimer I just lower shadows or a few other things and get better results on both. Either wait another year and get something worth the upgrade, or spend more and get a 1080.
GTX 1080 is essentially only about 5% faster than the RTX 2060, especially with the newer drivers, when counting only DX12 and Vulkan games the RTX 2060 actually beats the 1080 by a decent 5%.

Though the difference between the RX 480 and Vega 56 wouldn't be that big, essentially about 35% performance increase, not really worth an upgrade. Though the RX 5700 might be worth it at $350, which offers GTX 1080 like performance.
 

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