AMD takes aim at Nvidia with high-end Vega graphics cards

Wednesday, 02 Aug, 2017

AMD posted a few slides late last night that shows that when it comes to minimum and maximum framerates running at 3440x1440 and 3840x2160, the Radeon RX Vega 64 offers generally competitive performance with the GeForce GTX 1080.

Reclaiming lost ground against both Intel and Nvidia has been AMD's goal for a little while now. The given card is capable of 12.66 TFLOPs of computing performance. With the Radeon Pro SSG, AMD has come up with a brilliant solution.

The AMD Radeon RX Vega's Holocube is a very cool-looking red and black cube-shaped box.

The new cards are meant to rival Nvidia's current GTX 1080 and 1070 products powered by the Pascal chip, as well as Nvidia's upcoming next generation line up powered by its Volta chip. The company also teased a small-form-factor Radeon RX Vega Nano card, though no information about its specifications or capabilities is yet known, as well as Project 47, a server product that packs 1 Petaflop of processing power in a single rack.

A Radeao RX 64 Liquid Cooled Edition will also have the same 64 compute units, 4096 stream processors & 8GB of HBM2. Heck, AMD Windows drivers have really improved over the years too, making it a treat to upgrade when a new version is released.

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The new high-end range from AMD will start with the RX Vega56 graphics card and will retail for $399 according to the company.

On July 30th, 2017 AMD finally released the Veda gaming GPU. AMD is also bringing in Radeon Packs.

Next in line is the air-cooled Radeon RX Vega 64.

Power requirements for the RX Vega 64 are high, with 295W needed for power - more than the GTX 1080's TDP (thermal design point) of 180W. AMD is betting that these packs will offer an enticing value for prospective buyers and get them locked into AMD's gaming ecosystem. The company is launching three new graphics cards with the flagship model being liquid-cooled. The RX Vega 64 pack includes the liquid-cooled version of the card, discount coupons for the monitor/CPU, and a couple of pack-in games for $699, the same price that nVidia sells their GTX 1080 Ti. The driver that shipped with the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition was compatibility with only that card, rather hardware based on the Vega Architecture in general.

Lastly, in addition to selling the cards by themselves, AMD will be offering up special Radeon Packs that will include $200 discount on the 34-inch Samsung CF791 curved ultrawide FreeSync monitor, along with a $100 discount on select Ryzen 7 1800X processor and 370X motherboard combos. This is a "physically based" rendering engine used with AMD's graphics cards that plug into popular creation tools.