Published: Wed, August 02, 2017
Technology | By Timothy Carter

AMD shows off Radeon RX Vega, but it's just a tease

AMD shows off Radeon RX Vega, but it's just a tease

A Linux update gives more details regarding the specifications of the highly-anticipated AMD Radeon RX Vega GPU and it's a delicious treat for gamers. 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.

To ensure the best possible experience with the Radeon Pro graphics cards, Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Drivers are specifically created to combine the power of AMD's next-generation graphics with the highly-tailored needs of professional users.

On the other hand, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 is said to be priced at $399. All the graphics cards are having numbers after their name because that is the number of card's Compute Units. Vega 10 is having around 12.5 billion transistors and is manufactured using a 14nm FinFET LPP process. The AMD Radeon Pro Software Crimson ReLive Edition for Vega-based Radeon Professional Graphics has a bunch of features for professional graphics fans. Vega means faster-clocked processors and radically overhauled memory subsystems to improve metrics like minimum frame rates and performance hiccups in games. This card will have 10.5 TFLOPS, 6 compute units, 3,584 stream processors, 8GB of HBM2 RAM, 410GBps of bandwidth, and will be clocked at 1,156MHz with 1,471 boost clock. There is 8GB of HBM2 memory onboard, clocked at 1.89 Gbps. Peak single- and half-precision compute performance rises to 13.7 TFLOPS and 27.5 TFLOPS respectively with a TDP of 345W.

The Radeon VX Vega GPUs will come in three variations.

Radeon Red Pack - RX Vega, $US500.

AMD has now unveiled its new high-end lineup of Radeon RX Vega graphics cards today. The air cooled model has a base frequency 1247MHz and boost frequency of 1546MHz.

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.

The line-up also includes the air-cooled Radeon RX Vega 64, and the Radeon RX Vega 56.

AMD's own cards use blower-style coolers similar to the ones used on previous reference designs, but third-party manufacturers will be launching their own cards with the same GPUs. With the official unveiling of Vega-based products yesterday, this edition of Radeon Pro Software brings support to the Radeon Pro WX 9100, Radeon Pro SSG, and Radeon Vega Frontier Edition.

Because of the likelihood that these cards will be snapped up by cryptocurrency miners just like the Radeon RX 500 series, prices could be driven up and gamers could end up frustrated.

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