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2 PCIe 8-pin
- 86 points
- 15 months ago
from completed build My one weakness
It's a radeon VII. I chose this card for the insanely good 1% fps lows. i don't care about 150+fps if my card dips down below 60 at any point. This card never does, and still hits 120+fps in most every game at 1440p with high-ultra settings.
- 26 points
- 15 months ago
from completed build First official build 2700x with Radeon vii
As my first gpu it is fast and loud. But powerful delivering fast FPS in gaming and helps the cpu kill render times. I did a small overclock boosting this from 1802 to 1991 and so far it has been working fine. renders in Premiere and Davinci are fast with no issues.
- 16 points
- 10 months ago
from completed build Not your average-looking PC
It's $150 cheaper than some RTX 2080s out there. I've always been an NVIDIA user but the better price to performance ratio won me over. Newer drivers fixed the stability and noise issues many reviewers talked about when the Radeon VII came out two months ago. Compatibility with macOS is certainly a good bonus if I decide to hop back on the Hackintosh train.
- 10 points
- 5 months ago
from completed build Silent and Powerful CAM Programming Workstation
I picked these up new for $560 each. According to the developers of the CAM software we use, the programs wants graphics memory bandwidth more than anything else. I figured it's hard to beat the 1TB/s memory bandwidth these cards offer, especially for the price I got them at.
- 7 points
- 5 months ago
from completed build Completed X99 Rig - Umpteenth rebuild
It's a Radeon VII. I have a love-hate relationship with this card. My specific RVII was actually straight from AMD, ordered it 3 hours after launch and had it overnighted. It's a bit of a funky card, but to be fair most of the funk is due to the drivers. You can't use the card properly without them though, so it gets a drop to 3 stars for that. It has a lot of overclocking headroom if the drivers decide to let you actually use the damn card, but they often don't. Adrenaline 2020 is a wreck, 2019 lets me actually use Afterburner without blackscreens (Wattman is consistently broken), but the card still won't do over 2000Mhz, and that's with higher voltages and power targets than allowed out of the box (I use MorePowerTool and have the card on water). I've had it do 2100Mhz (2030-2050Mhz actual) for a 3DMark run, at 1.218v (max allowed at stock) and 120% power target (max allowed at stock). But unfortunately I didn't mark down which version of Adrenaline 2019 I was running at the time, and the current version just decided to veto any higher clocks.
To be fair, it's more of a prosumer card than a gamer one (same as the Vega FE, which I also had), but I'm an idiot and insisted on keeping it. Not clocking to a specific number above stock isn't a massive mark against the card for most people, but I bought the Radeon card specifically because they typically allow for better OCing and allow you to break more rules than Nvidia cards. Not being able to beat my friend's Liquid Devil 5700XT is disappointing though.
I have heard that later units behave better, maybe if I can be arsed to drain the loop again sometime in the future, I'll slap the stock cooler back on and RMA it.
TL;DR: Card that makes a lot of impressive promises, but due to consistently messy drivers it can't always deliver. Once you find a version that works, you should probably just stick with that till there's an actual need to update. If you're a prosumer and not planning to OC the card at all, and are doing workloads that favor the compute performance Vega has, then it's an excellent card, especially at current pricing. If you're a gamer, just get the 2080 Super, or even for the same price the 2070 Super, which when OCed is almost as fast AFAIK.