AMD is finally launching its Radeon RX Vega family of GPUs Today, designed to contest with Nvidia. It’s been long since AMD has actually competed at the top, and the last new flagship card, the Fury X, was designed back in 2015. AMD’s Fury X was a rational competitor with its unique high-bandwidth memory (HBM), but Nvidia toppled it by releasing the powerful GTX 980 Ti, there’s now a gap in the market that’s been dominated by a standard combination of an Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics card. AMD wants to outbreak that gap on August 14th.
We’ve seen plenty of teasers about the AMD’s Vega architecture over the past year, but AMD is now revealing pricing and release dates today for its high-end graphics cards. AMD is launching three cards. The standalone liquid cooled Radeon RX Vega 56 (with 56 compute units) will debut on August 14th priced at $399, alongside the $499 Vega 64 air-cooled card. AMD has also introduced Radeon Packs that bundle games and discounts for hardware that will match the GPU, and you’ll need to go for one of these if you want a liquid cooled version of the Vega 64. There are three packs available.
- Radeon Red Pack – Featuring the Radeon RX Vega 56, an air-cooled card priced at $499.
- Radeon Black Pack – Featuring the Radeon RX Vega 64, an air-cooled card priced at $599.
- Radeon Aqua Pack – Featuring the Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid Cooled Edition priced at $699.
AMD is promising more than twice of the throughput-per-clock over previous Radeon GPU architectures, along with a new version of its high-bandwidth memory. HBM2 doubles the bandwidth per pin and is designed to stack vertically around the GPU to transfer more data at a time than traditional GDDR5 memory. AMD is promising 13.7 teraflops of performance out of the top RX Vega 64 card.
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