AMD officially launches Radeon RX Vega for elite gamers

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

The RX Vega 56 and RX Vega 64 are priced in the same ballpark as Nvidia's GTX 1070 ($379) and GTX 1080 ($499), respectively, and from the limited information we have at this point, it appears that the latter card is created to match the GTX 1080's performance.

But where AMD really hopes to gain ground on Nvidia is in pricing.

Up to 13.7 TFLOPS of peak performance to power through even the most demanding games and VR applications.

When Radeon Vega Frontier Edition arrived it brought with it the ability to switch between the Radeon Pro Software and vanilla Radeon Software driver UIs.

Chances are that Nvidia also refreshes its GPU line-up, which could mean that GTX 1080 prices might go down, this will make it more appealing. They will be available on August 14 with the RX Vega having a suggested price of $399 while the air-cooled RX Vega will have a price of $499.

The RX Vega 64 is priced at $399 and the RX Vega 64 at $499. Firstly, the specs: the top of the line AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid Cooled Edition has 64 Compute Units (CUs), 64 Raster Operations Pipelines (ROPs), and a clock speed of 1677MHz coupled to 8GB of next-gen HBM2 memory with a bandwidth of 1.89Gbps. Next up is the Radeon RX Vega 64, which is bereft of liquid cooling but features the same number of CUs and ROPs as the Liquid Cooled Edition. AMD's current lineup of RX 570 and 580 cards hit the budget and mid-range market positively, but with Vega, AMD has its sights firmly on Nvidia's immeasurably powerful GTX 1070 and 1080 cards and, going from initial details, it may well have hit that mark for under $500 (around £380). That may not be the silky-smooth 60fps you'd like, but remember that it's only the lowest framerate you'll see, and notably, it's higher than the 45fps Nvidia's GTX 1080 is capable of on the same screen and selection of games. 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.

Up until this point, AMD has given us just a small taste of what to expect when it comes to performance of Radeon RX Vega 64. AMD is betting that these packs will offer an enticing value for prospective buyers and get them locked into AMD's gaming ecosystem.

AMD's HBCC/HBC is engineered to use the HBM2 in a similar manner to a last level GPU cache and some much more detailed examples of how this works needs to be provided by AMD in a more Technical highly detailed whitepaper format.

Some members of the hardware enthusiast community were disappointed back in 2015 when AMD's Radeon R9 Fury cards were limited to a mere 4 GB of on-package memory. The three new graphics chips are based on the Vega GPU architecture. The company will also be selling special RX Vega "packs", some of which include discounts for a Freesync monitor and its own Ryzen CPUs if gamers are willing to pay extra for the RX Vega 64 upfront.

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