Hello! Yesterday I got to install the RX Vega 56 in my friend's computer, since he really wanted a new graphics card. First thing I did was run DDU before removing his old nVidia card, and then install the newest 17.9.2 drivers when the Vega was swapped in. Then I went ahead and set a new clock on the card, about the same I run on my own Vega 56 - 1.05V, 1600Mhz core and 900Mhz memory.
Now, when I boot up any game on it, I can't get the card to run at its full potential. Whether it's PUBG, a Source engine (CS:GO) or Rainbow Six Siege, the GPU usage always varies between 45-60%, and the core clock seems to sit only at about 1200Mhz.
The first and most likely reason for this, in my book, is his CPU. My own Vega with similar settings never dip below 98% usage, but I have an R7 1700. His CPU is a much older i7 2700K. And also, since he's got one of them prebuilt PCs, he doesn't have a cooler capable of much overclocking. But still... It IS a 4 core, 8 thread CPU - is that really the sole reason for the low GPU usage? Is there anything else anyone would reccon I should try?
Free game, limited time
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If you enjoy this title there is a sequel that was crowd funded but distribution is very limited, this is get more eyes on the original and wet your appetite for the much needed follow up. The original didn't sell well under original dev Majesco (under 100k units which is why they are defunct), yet Double Fine Productions sold 1.7MN units when they bought the IP in the period covering 2005-2015, perhaps this is behind the cautious approach for seeking funding for what is a very small studio and avoid history repeating itself.
TWO free games, again!
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Added support for AMD Radeon RX Vega Series
Fixed incorrect/missing information AMD Catalyst 17.2.2 and newer
Fixed GPU & memory activity monitoring on AMD Radeon RX 500 Series
Fixed crash on startup in rare CrossFire configurations
Fixed CrossFire detection for slave cards
Addded VRM efficiency & VDDC/VDDCI power readings for Polaris
Added support for AMD Radeon WX 7100, WX 3100
Addded support for NVIDIA Quadro M2200, GTX 1080 Mobile, GeForce MX150
GPU-Z 2.3.0 (ROG SKIN)