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AMD Radeon RX Vega Block Chain Driver Tested Shows Solid Ethereum Mining Gains

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Just yesterday, we gave you a quick rundown of Ethereum mining performance on the brand-new Radeon RX Vega 64 and Vega 56 graphics cards (read Dave’s review here). Our initial testing showed both cards trailing an optimized GeForce GTX 1070 FE, while putting up total system power consumption figures that were a bit on the high side.

 

Fortunately, just as we were expecting, AMD has released a new beta driver that provides a nice boost to block chain compute performance. The new test driver is aptly named, “Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition Beta for Blockchain Compute”. That sure is a mouthful, but what does it entail? AMD offers the following caveats to consider before installing the driver:

  • This driver is provided as a beta level support driver which should be considered "as is" and will not be supported with further updates, upgrades or bug fixes
  • This driver is not intended for graphics or gaming workloads
  • Optimized performance for Blockchain Compute Workloads

That last point is all we needed to hear before we decided to break out our Ethereum benchmarking rig, so without further ado, here’s what we found:

 

Radeon RX Vega Blockchain Driver Ethereum Hashrate
 

As you can see, we’re getting some pretty significant gains already (at stock speeds) with this beta driver. We wouldn’t be surprised if there are even further optimizations to be found, once AMD is ready to go with a production driver, but we’ll take what we can get right now. We did have one performance anomaly that we ran into, however. When cranking up the memory speeds, the Vega 56 actually vaulted past the Vega 64, cranking out 36.48 MH/s. That’s not bad for a card that's supposed to retail for $399.

 

AMD Radeon RX Vega Blockchain Driver 1

 

As for power consumption, here’s how things panned out (total system power based on our test system here):

  • Radeon RX Vega 56 Stock = 288 watts
  • Radeon RX Vega 56 1900MHz Memory = 290 watts
  • Radeon RX Vega 64 Stock = 360 watts
  • Radeon RX Vega 64 2GHz Memory = 361 watts

Another positive attribute of this beta driver release is that card temperatures while mining have decreased across the board. Take the Vega 64 for example; temperature measurements taken on the back of the card dropped from 150 degrees Fahrenheit to 143 degrees. In addition, overall power draw was much more stable and with lower peak draw than we had seen with the previous driver's performance.

 

We should mention that the instability and crashing, while mining, that we saw with the previous driver used for our Radeon RX Vega review has been resolved with this release. With all things considered, we’re encouraged by AMD’s commitment to mining performance and we look forward to seeing what the future holds – even if we don’t hit that magic 100 MH/s mark.

 

Hat tip to our buddy Nate at Legit Reviews for the heads-up on the new driver. You can find the new block chain driver, right here.

 

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IronY-Man

Man this Bitcoin stock rise along with Ethereum Mining BS is kind of becoming a solid pain in ass for the gamers  !!

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DKT27

I wish this reviewer or all the reviewers do not pay attention to these type of tests. These things as mentioned about have become a curse for gamers as they cannot get their graphics cards as most of them are soldout from the inventories for non-gaming reasons and such.

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WALLONN7
2 hours ago, DKT27 said:

I wish this reviewer or all the reviewers do not pay attention to these type of tests. These things as mentioned about have become a curse for gamers as they cannot get their graphics cards as most of them are soldout from the inventories for non-gaming reasons and such.

 

Many stores here have advertised in bold letters that video cards have this purpose... I understand their stance when I stick to their need to expand consumers to unnecessary items for most... But I fully agree with you when I see the question from our point of view, gamers...

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DKT27
1 minute ago, WALLONN7 said:

 

Many stores here have advertised in bold letters that video cards have this purpose... I understand their stance when I stick to their need to expand consumers to unnecessary items for most... But I fully agree with you when I see the question from our point of view, gamers...

 

I heard both nVidia and AMD are releasing or have they released already - the graphics card specifically for this purpose. But I do not know how much they are marketing it or price they are going to sell it.

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WALLONN7
5 minutes ago, DKT27 said:

 

I heard both nVidia and AMD are releasing or have they released already - the graphics card specifically for this purpose. But I do not know how much they are marketing it or price they are going to sell it.

 

If both companies are actually doing this, well, I think it's not to lose the wave of fools!!! Just marketin'!!!

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DKT27
4 minutes ago, WALLONN7 said:

 

If both companies are actually doing this, well, I think it's not to lose the wave of fools!!! Just marketin'!!!

 

Looks like it's already released some time ago.

 

Some people even seem happy for their product being used for the purpose not intended to.

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WALLONN7
2 minutes ago, DKT27 said:

 

Looks like it's already released some time ago.

 

Some people even seem happy for their product being used for the purpose not intended to.

 

Welcome to the modern version of the Gold Rush!!!

Or should I call it "wave of fools" again?!

Wave of fools fits better!!!

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