Joined on 10/31/06
AMD's Best GPU Currently
Pros: - Incredible frame rates (FPS) at 1080p and 1440p gaming - Vulkan and DirectX 12 APIs perform expecially well - One of the best cooling solutions for the Vega line, quiet and powerful - AMD cards age like "fine wine" on average - RGBs are neat?
Cons: - Will not beat a Nvidia GeForce 1080 Ti, though it generally is cheaper - Incredibly higher than MSRP at the moment and forseeable future
Overall Review: If you're looking to support Team Red (AMD), ASUS has one of the best if not the best Vega 64 offering at the moment. This card was nearly impossible to get when it came out in late Q3 2017. Now in late Q1 2018 they've been available a couple days, so I picked one up. Price dropped from $1100 to $950, and while that is still much higher than the $650 MSRP I figured this is the best way I can support AMD at the moment outside of buying stock. Again, incredibly expensive at the moment but the performance really is in the top tier of the GPU market. Even at 4k it can put up a good fight in many titles and only gets dethroned by the 1080 Ti and TItan (V, XP). The normal 1080 and the Vega 64 go head to head in many games, but if it's DX12 or Vulkan the AMD chip tends to have an edge. Also, if you don't have a FreeSync monitor, consider getting one. If you're ever playing a game on Ultra and your FPS dips, you won't suffer from screen tearing and it's fantastic. Seeing really is believing though. PS: I am not a miner and have no input on the Vega 64's performance.
Super Performance, Super Hot
Pros: The performance this card brings to the table is awesome. If ATI had released this product (or something of similar performance) earlier I don't think they would be in the awful situation they are in now (which is having their market share at 1/3 of what it was 1 year ago).
Cons: HOT. My fan actually doesn't change speed, it stays at the idle speed. I was running programs such as 3DMark06, Half Life 2 (Episode 2 and Portal mods), Vanguard: Saga of Heroes and World of Warcraft and the fan would stay at the same speed. Not to mention it is a gurgling sound, which is unbearable. I am going to be sending mine back as something with the fan is just wrong.
Overall Review: Performance = Awesome Fan = I got a bad one, going to send it back. If you want a card that can perform well, I'd get this one. Too bad the CrossfireX drivers that support two of these won't be out for a while, I was planning on getting two of these initially. Depending on the performance increase with two of them depends on if I'll be ordering a second.