Whether you are an avid gamer or an Ethereum miner, you may have heard about AMD’s RX Vega series of graphics cards. Both the gaming and mining communities were very happy about the Vega series until the Vega Frontier Edition hit the market. Unfortunately, the Vega FE got a bad reputation as miners and gamers tried to use the card despite AMD’s official statement that the FE was intended as a specialized GPU for those in various visualization fields. Perhaps the misunderstanding came from the term ‘visualization fields’. It is possible that gamers thought this want meant in terms of displaying high end graphics. However, showing graphics on the screen is only one part of the GPU heavy process that modern video games involve.
The AMD RX Vega 64 became somewhat of a last resort for gamers who had lost access to many GPUs do to miners buying up them up as fast as the shelves could be stocked. The RX Vega 64 was designed specifically for gaming, which in turn also makes it a great GPU for mining.
GPU Features for Ethereum mining
: 256 W
Hash Rate : 32.0 MH/s
Power: 130 W
Hash Rate: 43.5 MH/s
AMD’s RX Vega 64 Specs
The RX Vega 64 is meant for gaming, though some have had differing stands on how good this GPU is for gaming. One site said that they felt the RX Vega 64 wasn’t exactly the best gaming card out there. They even said it was worse than the MSIGTX 1080 Ti Gaming X, going on to say that the performance was similar to the lower priced GPU.
It has become apparent that the RX Vega 64 is competing with the GTX 1080 Ti, and has a slightly slower framerate. In terms of benchmarks, the RX Vega 64 didn’t do very well in comparison. This doesn’t mean that it is a bad card for for modern gaming however.
The AMD RX Vega 64 and Ethereum Mining
While the card itself isn’t doing that good, it is certainly a better option for mining than the Vega FE. When it comes to mining Ethereum however, this card has some potential, but how much potential actually waits to be seen. There isn’t enough information on the AMD RX Vega 64 in a mining situation, although it is most certainly going to fair better than the Vega FE.
What makes a good mining card are several factors rolled into one overall concept. The hash rate has to be decent, and the Vega FE could barely get over 30MH/s. An ideal mininum hash would be at least 70MH/s. Another consideration is the power supply, as it must put out enough juice to let the GPU function optimally, but it also has to be as energy efficient as possible, because the amount of energy it costs to run your mining rig each day has an impact on the days profit scenario. The cooling system is important to, as GPU intensive operations such as mining can cause a card to overheat. There are certainly a lot of factors to consider, and the truth is, despite what a card looks like on paper, you never really know until you have tried it out.