AMD RX Vega GPUs Finally Launched with Release Date and Pricing Info

AMD RX Vega GPUs Finally Launched with Release Date and Pricing Info

The Radeon Vega GPUs are finally here, and AMD is launching not one, not two, but three of them in a new offensive against Nvidia's utter dominance.

The Radeon RX Vega 64 will be available in both air- and water-cooled models. It also needs a single 8-pin PCIe power connector with a typical board power of 150W, at least according to pictures and information provided by Smallformfactor.net site, which had a chance to snap a few pictures. For a limited time these GPUs will come with Prey and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, but if you want even more there are also the Radeon Packs. Those claims - for its $499 midrange RX Vega 64, the tailing integer signifying its number of compute units - emphasize minimum frame rates, a conservative but in some ways more insightful metric that, if accurate, illustrates Vega's focus on frame rate fluidity while providing a practical sense of where the bottom lies.

In the high-end computer hardware space, Intel and Nvidia have been dominant for years, while AMD has been a distant third-place competitor - mainly because AMD hardware has been considered underpowered for high-end professional workstations and gaming PCs. The AMD Radeon Pro Software Crimson ReLive Edition for Vega-based Radeon Professional Graphics has a bunch of features for professional graphics fans. The liquid-cooled Vega 64 ONLY comes in bundle form. The Vega 56 will launch for just $399 and is going to be battling against the Nvidia GTX 1070 graphics card. The Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid-Cooled Edition has the same GPU configuration, but with higher base and boost clocks - 1,406MHz and 1,677MHz, respectively. 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.

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.

The price of the Radeon RX Vega 64 is $499.

ReLive Edition for Vega Pro comes with support for 8K and High Dynamic Range (HDR) displays, something that was included in this past Thursday's release of Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q3 for non-Vega Radeon Pro products.

"Customers get $100 off if a select AMD Ryzen 7 1700X or Ryzen 7 1800X CPU and motherboard combo are purchased and $200 off if a Samsung 34" Ultra WQHD curved monitor with quantum dot and Radeon free sync technology is bought. In case you haven't heard, the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition is also based on the same GPU. Buyers who already own a Freesync-enabled monitor may be more inclined to spend extra to go with AMD so that they may make use of the adaptive-sync features of their monitor.

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