AMD recently released a driver update for the RX Vega cards and it’s called ‘Radeon Software Crimson Relive Edition Beta for Blockchain Compute’. The update is launched for Windows XP and Windows 10 64bit. AMD mentioned in the driver notes that it’s not intended for graphics or gaming loads. The driver is optimized for Blockchain compute Workloads for better AMD Vega mining performance.
Judging from the benchmarks taken by Nathan Kirsch from ‘legit reviews’ it seems there’s a slight increase in AMD Vega mining performance, compared to the previous drivers. They tested Vega 64 and 56, both on stock speeds and overclocked.
AMD Vega’s mining performance results were surprising, as the overclocked Vega 56 with Blockchain drivers gave the highest mining performance of 36.48 MH/s (million hashes per second) on Etherium w/ NiceHashMiner. This was over RX Vega 64s 35.22 even though it was also overclocked at 2000MHz. RX Vega 64 with Blockchain drivers on stock speeds also noticed an 11% gain in MH/s compared to previous drivers.
AMD Vegas mining performance with new drivers showed that power consumption on both Vega 56 and Vega 64 are lesser than gaming applications. Another positive attribute is the temperatures have decreased for both the cards. For example, Vega 64s temps dropped from 150 Degrees Fahrenheit to 143 degrees.
The testing was done on Blockchain drivers also resulted in a more stable performance on current DAG levels. Both on Vega and Polaris-based GPUs. For those who are unfamiliar with the DAG problem, it’s basically related to ‘Ethereum mining’ that specifies ‘how difficult it is to mine new blocks’. Mining more blocks raise the DAG level and that requires more memory for AMD Vega’s mining performance.
With the driver release, the most important fact is that AMD is realizing the potential, in the mining segment and validating the most volatile market. For AMD Vega mining performance they basically made it official that they care about miners and are now willingly utilizing their resources to improve their share in the crypto-mining segment.
Let us know what you think about AMD Vega mining performance and whether or not you are interested in getting one of these Vega GPUs.