AMD is now ready to challenge NVIDIA with their new Vega lineup

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. AMD today revealed a whole lot extra statistics on the specs and pricing of its a variety of Vega models, as well as a launch date of August 14.

Built on their namesake architecture, these newVega cards will come in a total of 3 flavours out of the gate, all of which represent a vast step up over their predecessors built on the Polaris architecture. The entry card, that will get most attention is the Radeon RX Vega 64, an air-cooled card that packs 64 compute units, 4096 stream processors, and 8GB of VRAM for $499. A liquid-cooled model of the RX Vega 64 will also be available for $599. On the decrease quit of things, an RX Vega 56 with 56 compute units, 3584 stream processors, and 8GB of VRAM will additionally be available for $399.

In terms of performance, AMD says the RX Vega 64 comes in at around 12.7 TFLOPS of power in its air-cooled version, and 13.7 TFLOPS if liquid cooled. Meanwhile, the RX Vega 56 comes in at round 10.5 TFLOPS. Combined with the new Vega architecture, the cards provide a significant raise when compared to AMD’s current GPUs. You can get a look at how things stack up in the chart below (via PC Gamer):

It’s clear that the company ishoping to gohead-to-head with NVIDIA’s own GTX 1080 cards with the RX Vega 64 and while we’ll have to wait for third-party benchmarks to see just how that stacks up in practice, the RX Vega 64 certainly looks like it has the muscle to compete. And ultimately, bringing that type of competition to the high-end of the images card market is only a desirable thing.

Lastly, in addition to selling the cards by themselves, AMD will be providing up special Radeon Packs that will include $200 discount on the 34-inch Samsung CF791 curved ultra wide FreeSync monitor, along with a $100 discount on choose Ryzen 7 1800X processor and 370X motherboard combos. The company is additionally throwing in two new games, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and Prey, with each pack in select regions. The packs will be supplied up in three versions, each featuring one of the new cards:

  • Radeon Red Pack – Includes the Radeon RX Vega 56, an air-cooled card priced at $499 SEP.
  • Radeon Black Pack – Includes the Radeon RX Vega 64, an air-cooled card priced at $599 SEP.
  • Radeon Aqua Pack – Includes the Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid Cooled Edition, the most powerful of the Radeon RX Vega graphics cards, priced at $699 SEP.

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