AMD's enthusiast RX Vega graphics cards arrive August 14 starting at $399

Posted August 02, 2017

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.

But where AMD really hopes to gain ground on Nvidia is in pricing. Since the successful release of its Ryzen CPUs and the positive response to Crimson ReLive and the RX 500-series, it seems to be working for them. The Vega 56 will launch for just $399 and is going to be battling against the Nvidia GTX 1070 graphics card.

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Tellingly, AMD hasn't mentioned 4K benchmarks.

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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.

The starting Vega model is the $399 RX Vega 56, which features 56 compute units to power your high-end gaming experiences. 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. 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. For comparison, the U.S. price for the GTX 1070 is $399 and the GTX 1080 will set you back $549. The card is rated at 12.66 TFLOPS of performance. However, we just got wind of an awesome sneak peak of the device, courtesy of Linus Sebastian, a popular tech YouTube (his channel is Linus Tech Tips if you want to look him up and see for yourself).

The new Vega GPUs are expected to be more power-efficient with a total board power for the air-cooled version being 290 watts and for the liquid cooled version being 350 watts. AMD had previously announced the parts in outline back in May. In fact, Epic Games' Tim Sweeney is seemingly the first non-AMD employee to have one as AMD's Chris Hook handed one over to him at the Vega unveiling event. AMD has clarified that this feature is only available for Vega-based professional products at the moment. Alternatively, AMD also has bundles — called Radeon Packs — for all three cards where you get $200 on the upcoming Samsung CF791 34-inch WQHD Curved Freesync monitor, a $100 discount on a Ryzen 7 + motherboard bundle, and 2 AAA games (Prey + Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus).