Following moths of speculations and anticipation, AMD has finally unveiled the Vega gaming GPU family of Radeon RX Vega 64 and Radeon RX Vega 56.
The company has high hopes that these two will help propel it back to its glory days with respect to the high-end graphics card game. Where the Radeon RX Vega 64 will be available for a price tag of $499, the Radeon RX Vega 56 will be priced at $399.
According to AMD, the RX Vega 64 will also get a Liquid Cooled Edition that will feature the same 64 compute units, 4096 stream processors as well as 8GB HBM2 RAM with an impressive bandwidth of 484GBps as the standard Vega 64 model, but this Liquid Cooled Edition will get a higher base clock speed of 1406MHz and a boost clock speed of 1677MHz.
The standard Vega 64 will get a base clock of 1247MHz and a boost clock of 1546MHz. As a result of the higher clock speed, the Vega 64 Liquid Edition also ups its floating point performance from the 12.66 of the standard model to an impressive 13.7, but as you’d expect, these upgrades come at a cost. Apparently, getting your hands on the Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid Cooled Edition will set you back a cool $699, which is $200 more than the standard model.
As far as the Radeon RX Vega 56 is concerned, the $399 price tag earns you 56 compute units, 3584 stream processors, the same amount of RAM as the Radeon RX Vega 64 pair but with a lower bandwidth of 410GBps. This card also gets a slower base clock speed of 1156MHz and a boost clock speed of 1471MHz. The card is rated at 10.5 TFLOPS.
AMD said that the Limited Edition will be shipped to first buyers up the point they run out of stock, but this doesn’t mean you won’t get one as long as you are an early buyer. There’s no mention of the units available, though.
If you are familiar with the Radeon Pro Frontier Edition, you will meet the same DIP switch on the back that is meant to let users vary the LED color. The entire family of the new Radeon RX Vega 64 and Vega 56 will also offer three DisplayPort 1.4 ports alongside a full-size HDMI 2.0 port.
To ensure that these new graphics cards get into gamers hands, the company has come up with a new Radeon Pack concept that allows gamers to get discounts when they buy the GPUs with other hardware. An example of this is where buyers of the Radeon Black Pack will get a cool $200 off a 34-inch Samsung FReeSync monitor that has a 1440p wide aspect ratio, another $100 off a Ryzen 7 CPU and motherboard combo as well as pair of games the company says is worth a combined $120.
There’s also an Aqua Pack that features the Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid Cooled Edition for a price of $699, but this will hand you two games, a discounted monitor as well as CPU and motherboard options. As for the Radeon Red Pack, you get the same package as the Aqua Pack, but for a price of $499. This reduced price tag also means that you don’t get the Limited Edition GPU, instead, you get the Radeon RX Vega 56 version. Note that you will only get discounted prices on the hardware if you include a graphics card to your cart at an online store.
All of these cards should be available starting this August.
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