Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX Vega 56 Revealed, Comes With Unexpectedly High Price Tag

By   /   Jan 23, 2018
Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX Vega 56

The Sapphire Pulse GPU family has just gotten bigger. The Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX Vega 56 has been revealed and it occupies three PCIe slots and a single HDMI 2.0b but comes at an unexpectedly high price.

As we already knew, the Pulse GPU series from Sapphire will have eight different models ranging from the Radeon RX 550 all the way up to the Radeon RX 580. One of those GPUs is the Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX Vega 56, as revealed by German retailer alternate.de. The site has also revealed photos of the model, its specs as well as its price tag.

The Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX Vega 56 offers a shorter PCB design and a dual fan cooler to achieve clock speeds that are higher than AMD’s reference models, though Sapphire’s Nitro+ models will provide a performance lead overall. The newly revealed Pulse model has three Display Port 1.4 ports and a single HDMI 2.0b, while the Nitro+ model has two of each. Alternate.de lists the Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX Vega 56 with a €789 price tag, which is a bit expensive for its specs.

Take a look at this chart found on overclock3d.net, with the differences between the Vega GPU models:

RX Vega 56 ReferenceSapphire RX Vega 56 PulseSapphire RX Vega 56 Nitro+RX Vega 64 ReferenceSapphire RX Vega 64 Nitro+
GPU ArchitectureVegaVegaVegaVegaVega
Processing cores35843584358440964096
Core Base Clock1156MHz1208MHz1305MHz1247MHz1423MHz
Core Boost Clock1471MHz1512MHz1572MHz1546MHz1611MHz
Memory8GB HBM28GB HBM28GB HBM28GB HBM28GB HBM2
Memory Clock 800MHz800MHz800MHz945MHz945MHz

As we can see, the Pulse RX Vega 56 shares the same memory specification as the higher-end Nitro+ RX Vega 56 model. Each has 8GB of onboard HBM2 memory running at 800 MHz across a 2048-bit wide memory interface. However, the Pulse RX Vega 56 comes with a 1512 MHz boost clock, 60 MHz slower than the Nitro+ RX Vega 56. They also differ in PCIe power connectors and display outputs.

What do you think about the Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX Vega 56? Do you think its price is reasonable?

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