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AMD’s Radeon RX Vega 64 will cost $499 and battle the GeForce GTX 1080

After months of anticipation, AMD on Sunday finally unveiled its Vega gaming GPU lineup that it expects will put the company back into the high-end graphics card game. Here are the details on Radeon RX Vega 64 and Radeon RX Vega 56.

  • The $499 Radeon RX Vega 64 will feature 64 compute units, 4,096 stream processors, and 8GB of advanced HBM2 memory with 484GBps of bandwidth. It will run at 1,247MHz base clock with a boost clock of 1,546MHz. The card is rated at 12.66 TFLOPS of performance.
  • The Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid Cooled Edition will feature 64 compute units, 4,096 stream processors, and 8GB of HBM2 with 484GBps of bandwidth. However, thanks to its liquid cooling, AMD will increase the base clock to 1,406MHz and its boost clock to 1,677MHz. The higher clock speed also ups its floating point performance to 13.7 TFLOPS. Although only included as part of a “pack” (details below), the card essentially costs $699.
  • The $399 Radeon RX Vega 56 will feature 56 compute units, 3,584 stream processors, 8GB of HBM2 RAM with 410GBps of bandwidth, and will run at a 1,156MHz base clock and 1,471 boost clock. It’s rated at 10.5 TFLOPS.

Although functionally no different than the black plastic-shrouded Radeon RX Vega 64, AMD will also offer a Radeon RX Vega 64 Limited Edition with a brushed aluminum shell.  The Limited Edition will be shipped to initial buyers until they run out. AMD wouldn’t say how many Limited Edition versions it produced, but said it wasn’t being “chintzy,” so most early buyers should expect to get them.

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The air-cooled RX Vega cards (left and middle) are identical in performance and features but the liquid-cooled RX Vega (right) will run at higher clocks.

All of the cards feature a DIP switch setup on the back similar to that of the Radeon Pro Frontier Edition, letting you vary the LED color. All four iterations will offer three DisplayPort 1.4 ports, and a full-size HDMI 2.0 port, as well. The cards should be available in August.

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AMD’s new Radeon Vega 64 will initially come in a limited edition aluminum shell and then revert to plain lack plastic once supplies run out.

New ‘Radeon Pack’ concept gives gamers a chance, maybe

Responding to the scarcity of Radeon GPUs due to the coin mining craze, AMD graphics chief Raja Koduri said he often hears complaints.

 “Does AMD care about the gamer?” Koduri said gamers ask him. “We talk [about this problem] a lot, we do care about the gamer a lot.”

To help ensure cards get into gamer’s hands, AMD has come up with the “Radeon Pack” concept, which gives gamers discounts when the GPUs are purchased with other hardware. For example:

  • The Radeon Black Pack will give gamers a $200 break on a Samsung 34-inch, 1440p wide-aspect ratio FreeSync monitor; $100 off of a Ryzen 7 CPU and motherboard combo; and two games AMD says are valued at $120.
  • The Radeon Aqua Pack will come with the liquid-cooled Radeon RX Vega 64 for the price of $699, along with the two games, plus the discounted monitor, CPU and motherboard options.
  • The Radeon Red Pack is similar to the Aqua Pack, but will cost $499 and comes with a Radeon RX Vega 56 instead. Like the other packs, it will come with two games, plus the discounted monitor, CPU and motherboard option.

The hardware discounts will be awarded when a gamer adds a graphics card to his or her cart at an online store. Once that happens, the discounts for the Samsung CF971 FreeSync monitor, Ryzen 7 and an X370 motherboard will be made available. Those discounted purchases, however, must be made immediately at check out, and won’t be available again.

So how does this help gamers? That’s the tricky part. AMD hopes that miners will gravitate toward the cards that don’t ship with the game pack or optional hardware discounts. This could, in theory, give gamers a better chance at snagging a Vega card, even if there’s a cost premium.

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