AMD has finally taken of the veil of the AMD RX VEGA series of graphics cards. The VEGA architecture already made its debut in the VEGA Frontier Edition released on the 27th of June. Three models of the RX VEGA family have been officially announced with an RX VEGA based Nano card being teased.
The three announced cards will go head to head with Nvidia’s 1080 and 1070 cards. The cards specification and price are as follows:
|RX VEGA FE||RX VEGA 64 LIQUID||RX VEGA 64||RX VEGA 56|
|MEMORY BUS WIDTH||2,048-bit||2,048-bit||2,048-bit||2,048-bit|
|MEMORY SIZE||8GB HBM2||8GB HBM||8GB HBM||8GB HBM|
|TYPICAL BOARD POWER||295W||345W||295W||210W|
|LAUNCH PRICE||£1,000/$1,000||£?/$699 (in bundle)||£?/$499||£?/$399|
The cards come very close to the FE cards but have a lower price, no pro drivers and 8GB of HBM2 compared to the 16GB that the FE gets. We saw from the VEGA FE benchmarks that the Air cooled card competed with the Nvidia 1070 while the liquid cooled card competed with the Nvidia 1080. AMDs slides suggest, however, that AMD RX VEGA 64 air can compete with the Nvidia 1080 now. This may be down to new drivers.
Many may initially be disappointed that AMD is not competing against the 1080ti however they do have another trick up their sleeves.
AMD were keen to show that VEGA is capable of producing a much more stable framerate than the competition. This is important as short dips into very low frame rates can be the most jarring when gaming.
AMD also announced bundles with the new cards. The AMD VEGA 56 and 64 (air cooled) will be available to purchase outright. All models (including the liquid cooled VEGA 64) will be available in a bundle that includes Prey, Wolfenstein 2, $200 off a samsung freesync monitor and £100 off a Ryzen 7. It is worth noting from early discussion on the internet the freesync panel included in this bundle sounds to be somewhat lackluster.
At the end of the show AMD teased RX VEGA nano but we don’t have any more details on this yet.
AMD RX VEGA will be available for order on the 14th of August with reviews starting to come out next week. Benchmarks not controlled by AMD will be the true decider, but from what we have seen so far these cards seem like a very compelling purchase for those in the market for an Nvidia 1070 or 1080. Higher minimum frame rates at the sacrifice of 1 – 2 FPS at the max end should not be understated, that is a big deal.