The New Fight Begins @ $399 and $499... oh and $599
AMD is heating up the entire GPU market with their Radeon graphics card line up, with the new Radeon RX Vega 64 priced competitively at $499. It's not the perfect graphics card - requiring 2 x 8-pin PCIe power connectors, high power draw - and right now, unknown temps and power consumption data without proper testing.
The $499 price is a big deal, especially with the rumors of the $850 pricing which would've seen RX Vega 64 being DOA at that price. But at $499, and the fact that FreeSync displays are radically cheaper than competing G-Sync displays making AMD an amazing price/performance champion.
If you were in the market for a higher-end card, better than the RX 580, but didn't have the extra $100 for the RX Vega 64, there's the new RX Vega 56.
AMD is introducing what will be, in my opinion, a massive seller at $399 - the Radeon RX Vega 56. AMD is offering up a huge 10.5 TFLOPs of performance and mixed with 1080p/1440p 60FPS+ gaming with cheaper FreeSync displays, or one of the new Radeon Packs.
Lastly, there's the Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid Cooled Edition which comes in at $599, offering the highest clock speeds thanks to its water cooler and higher TDP. This will be the flagship Vega card, something I can't wait to test at 8K.
All in all, I'm excited. I'm a major enthusiast, and I will be pumped to install Radeon RX Vega 64 into my system, especially with some major GPU clock differences between the air-cooled and liquid cooled versions of AMD's new cards.
The major change in the market is that AMD is the only one in the world that can offer this type of deal, and is in an exclusive spot for a considerable amount of time.
Intel can't do this. NVIDIA can't do this.
Intel doesn't have anything that comes within light years of AMD's great GPU technology. NVIDIA doesn't have anything close to AMD's great CPU technology.
There is no bias here. There is no special deal. There is no exclusivity. This is me, to you - our readers. I'm not paid to give you a message from any company; this is my opinion. But the facts remain: Intel and NVIDIA cannot bundle anything like this.
AMD: this is your chance. Do not rest. You cannot sit here and expect to win. HBM2 yields are low, I know this - and you need to know this. AMD needs to refresh Vega as soon as possible, get those power numbers down even more (sub 200W for air cooled, sub 250W for water cooled) and then keep those 295/345W TDPs for a refresh.
On the refresh, Vega GPU clocks can increase, and hopefully HBM2 bandwidth can increase to closer to 1TB/sec with a 4096-bit memory bus. NVIDIA is going to react, and AMD needs to be ready. AMD still has an amazing deal even with whatever NVIDIA reacts with unless G-Sync displays drop in price by large amounts.
FreeSync displays are super-cheap, making Radeon RX Vega 64 an even better option for gamers that don't want to spend $1200+ on a GPU/LCD combo as an enthusiast (GTX 1080/1080 Ti and 1440p 144Hz LCD). AMD is also unleashing their new Ryzen Threadripper CPUs, offering incredible value for money that Intel has no chance of matching right now.
Wrapping up, AMD is in a position that it has never been in before. Unbelievable CPU performance with the Ryzen Threadripper which also doubles as a champion in price/performance and their new X399 chipset offers 64 PCIe 3.0 lanes which blows away the 44 PCIe 3.0 lanes on X299 from Intel.
NVIDIA, on the other hand, has better enthusiast graphics card options with GTX 1080 Ti and TITAN Xp, and AMD simply can't match that yet. But... I think the tide is turning. We're going to turn away from pure enthusiast cards to much better price/performance combos from AMD - but I still want to see crazy high-end Vega from AMD. Something that truly lays the performance, and not just price/performance smack down.
All in all, AMD has effectively changed the game with Radeon RX Vega 64, and it is an enormous achievement.
Now I just need to get Vega into my hands...
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- Page 1 [The Journey To Radeon RX Vega]
- Page 2 [Vega GPU: AMD Goes Next-Gen]
- Page 3 [Introducing the Radeon RX Vega 64]
- Page 4 [Cooling Tech & Detailed Look]
- Page 5 [Performance... Good, But No GTX 1080 Ti Killer]
- Page 6 [AMD Intros Radeon Packs, Major Discounts For Gamers]
- Page 7 [Pricing & Final Thoughts]