Based on AMD's Vega architecture and featuring high-bandwidth HBM2 Memory, the MSI Radeon RX Vega 56 8G Graphics Card allows you to have the full virtual reality experience.
To keep this card cool, MSI implemented a blower-style cooler. By using a radial fan, this system forces air over the components and exhausts it out through the front of the card and out of the case. This cooling configuration can be used in crowded workstation environments with multiple GPUs or where space between computer components can be a concern, as hot air is not recirculated back into the case.
HBM2 (High-Bandwidth Memory 2) is a type of VRAM that can be vertically stacked, allowing for increased memory in a smaller form factor. HBM2 also has a wide bus to allow for higher bandwidth at a lower clock speed while using less power.
This GPU features a full suite of Radeon technologies. Radeon Chill is an intelligent power-saving feature that dynamically regulates framerates based on your movements in-game (only works with certain games). Radeon WattMan controls the GPU's voltage, engine clocks, memory clocks, fan speed, and temperature. Radeon ReLive allows you to capture, stream, and share your gaming moments from an easily accessible in-game toolbar.
MSI gives Radeon RX Vega cards an Air Boost
AMD's Radeon RX Vega cards are still hard to find on retail shelves, but the recent announcements of third-party designs seem to suggest that the stock situation could improve in the near-future. The latest Vega cards on the table are MSI's Radeon RX Vega 56 Air Boost 8G OC and Radeon RX Vega 64 Air Boost 8G OC. Both cards' PCBs appear to borrow heavily from the Vega reference design, though their blower-style coolers are slightly different from AMD's.
MSI's Radeon RX Vega 56 Air Boost card has a slight overclock for its 3584 stream processors. The card's base frequency is 1181 MHz and it can boost to 1520 MHz. For comparison's sake, the reference Vega 56 has 1156 MHz base and 1471 MHz boost clocks. As for the Vega 64 Air Boost, it has 1272 MHz base and 1575 MHz boost clocks for its array of 4096 SPs, likewise just a smidge faster than the 1247 MHz base and 1546 MHz boost clocks for air-cooled Radeon RX Vega 64 cards. AMD's liquid-cooled Vega 64 still has faster 1406 MHz and 1677 MHz boost frequencies, though.
The Air Boost cards have the same port cluster as the reference models, meaning three DisplayPorts and one HDMI jack. The cards look similar overall to AMD's design, though their black shrouds bear different graphics and MSI's name replaces the Radeon 'R' on the blower fan.
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