AMD shows off Radeon RX Vega, but it's just a tease

AMD shows off Radeon RX Vega, but it's just a tease
AMD shows off Radeon RX Vega, but it's just a tease

02 August, 2017

AMD's Radeon RX Vega is the GPU AMD hopes will win back the high-end graphics market that Nvidia stole. The Frontier cards were aimed at a prosumer market in between the gaming-focused RX Vega and the true professional cards with certified drivers and similar perks.

Amd has finally revealed their new high end gaming graphics card Vega at this years SIGGRAPH event.

The standalone Radeon RX Vega 56, which has 56 compute units, will be released on August 14th for $399.

The Radeon Packs represent an attempt by AMD to convince customers to pair the next-generation capabilities of the Vega cards with hardware and software to show off that power. The AMD Radeon Pro Software Crimson ReLive Edition for Vega-based Radeon Professional Graphics has a bunch of features for professional graphics fans. There's also the card's slick physical design, which is coated in sturdy aluminum and comes in both air-cooled and liquid-cooled variations to stay cool under pressure no matter your setup.

Performance for this lot of cards is synced up with pricing that'll take on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080. Combined with the new Vega architecture, the cards offer a significant boost when compared to AMD's recent GPUs. Memory bandwidth is 410GBps for the Vega 56 and 483.8GBps for the Vega 64. The GTX 1080 can still be had at or near its $499 MSRP, with several models often going for less during sales. These Vega64 cards will be priced at $599 and $699 respectively as part of Radeon Packs, and the air-cooled version will be $499 outside of this promotion.

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There will be 4,096 stream processors, 64 compute units along with an 8 GB advanced HBM2 memory with 484 Gbps of bandwidth in the Radeon RX Vega 64. The Limited Edition will be available till the stocks last.

AMD appears to be betting on this scenario as the company made the difference between its FreeSync and nVidia's G-Sync experiences a focal point during recent RX Vega demos.

AMD also said its Radeon Pro SSG is the world's first GPU to break the terabyte memory barrier with 2 terabytes of graphics memory so it can handle smooth, native 8K video editing in real-time. AMD is betting that these packs will offer an enticing value for prospective buyers and get them locked into AMD's gaming ecosystem.

Lastly, in addition to selling the cards by themselves, AMD will be offering up special Radeon Packs that will include $200 discount on the 34-inch Samsung CF791 curved ultrawide FreeSync monitor, along with a $100 discount on select Ryzen 7 1800X processor and 370X motherboard combos.

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