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AMD's Vega cards and packs: by the numbers

02 August, 2017, 00:15 | Author: Abraham Jackson
  • AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 Limited Edition

Delivering up to 12.3 TFLOPS of peak single precision compute performance, the Radeon Pro WX 9100 graphics card represents a new era of professional graphics capabilities fueled by powerful Next-Gen Compute Units with Rapid Packed Math and an Enhanced Geometry Pipeline which improves processing efficiencies.

However, the frequencies on the liquid-cooled Radeon RX Vega variant are somewhat higher.

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. 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. This graphics card will have 12.66 TFLOPS, 64 compute units, 4,096 stream processors, and 8GB of advanced HBM2 memory, 484GBps of bandwidth and will be clocked at 1,247MHz with a boost clock of 1,546MHz. With a starting price of $399 (Radeon RX Vega 54), AMD is looking to bring some incredibly potent graphics muscle to compete with the GeForce GTX 10 Series.

AMD fans have been chomping at the bit for more information on when the firm's upcoming Radeon RX Vega graphics cards will be available, and now the wait is almost over. According to AMD the 17.8 release is the first driver to be compatible with the Vega GPU Architecture.

But it's going to take a lot more than 7-month-old hype to dethrone Nvidia, which now sits comfortably with its GTX 1070, 1080, 1080 Ti, and Titan X cards dominating the mid and high end of the graphics market.

AMD also offers a wide range of tools and open source software for professional content creators including Radeon ProRender and the Radeon ProRender Game Engine Importer.

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Going by the specs, the Vega 64 can be pegged as an equal to the GTX 1080.

On Sunday, AMD announced the pricing and release dates of two new product lines that could prove to be worthy alternatives to Intel's Core i7 processor and Nvidia's high-end GTX graphics card. The Limited Edition will be available till the stocks last. 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.

We can buy the Radeon Aqua Pack along with the liquid-cooled Radeon RX Vega 64 for $699.

Radeon Pack buyers will also be entitled to a $100 discount on a package of select AMD Ryzen 7 processors and compatible motherboards, and a $200 discount on the purchase of a Samsung CF791 monitor.

Raja Koduri, senior vice president and chief architect, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD explains, "The enthusiast gaming experience is defined by high resolutions and a tear-free, buttery smooth 60 frames per second, something that only approximately 600,000 gamers are capable of enjoying today".


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