AMD Radeon Vega GPU Prices Revealed, Starts At $399

Aug 02, 2017, 00:14
AMD Radeon Vega GPU Prices Revealed, Starts At $399

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. Next up is the Radeon RX Vega 64, which bumps up the compute units to 64 for an additional $100. AMD is trying to even the playing field by selling a number of each card as part of what it is calling "Radeon Packs", at least in the US.

The RX Vega 64 chip follows the same naming scheme, sporting 64 nCU and 4,096 GCN cores.

The cheapest in the series, the RX Vega 56 boasts of the same 8GB of HBM2 RAM but 56 compute units but has a lower bandwidth of 410 GBps. Both models include features such as HBM2 memory, 2048-bit memory interface, Radeon FreeSync 2, high bandwidth cache, H.265/HEVC encode/decode, HDMI 4K60 support, DisplayPort 1.4, TrueAudio Next, and VSR. AMD is all set to attack that gap on August 14. PC Gamers that have waited more than a year for AMD's response to nVidia's Pascal cards will continue to wait until there are enough cards in the retail channel to ensure that the inflated pricing that is typically seen with new launches is alleviated. The graphics card will feature 4,096 stream processors and is rated to offer 12.66 teraflops of performance.

The new high-end range from AMD will start with the RX Vega56 graphics card and will retail for $399 according to the company. The Vega 56 will launch for just $399 - if you can get it from a retailer that won't gouge you, so stay away from Amazon 3rd party sellers - and if it can handily outperform the Nvidia GTX 1070, which sells for just about the same price, that'll be a big win for AMD.

Not being the fastest GPU on earth is not really a big problem for the RX Vega 64, but arriving over a year after its intended competition and doing so with almost twice the power draw certainly decreases the allure of the brand new GPU.

However, the more efficient heat dissipation using water cooling technology has led the unit to achieve a higher clock speed of 1406 MHz and a boost clock speed of 1677 MHz. The liquid cooled model has a base frequency of 1406MHz and boost frequency of 1677MHz.

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. AMD's Radeon Pro ReLive tool received an update too, which appears to have the same updates already detailed in last week's Radeon driver update. These cost $100 extra but give users a $200 discount on Samsung's CF791 34-inch Freesync-enabled curved monitor, a $100 discount on a Ryzen 7 CPU and motherboard bundle, and coupons for Wolfenstein II and Prey, adding up to another $120.

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