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AMD RX Vega & FE Release Date, Threadripper Release, & X399 | Computex

AMD Chart AMD Radeon RX Vega will be launched during SIGGRAPH 2017, at the end of July
Heather Davidson | 02 June, 2017, 02:22

Vega Frontier Edition GPUs will be arriving on June 27 while the RX Vega gaming cards are expected to launch at SIGGRAPH, which is being held the end of July.

Despite the earlier announcements, AMD still managed to break some news at Computex. ThreadRipper also sports quad-channel DDR4 memory support on the X399 platform.

There would be multiple AMD ThreadRipper processors with the top one boasting 16 cores. This is AMD's entry into the high-end desktop (HEDT) market with its new Threadripper CPU range.

After Intel's pretty impressive performance at the first day of Computex 2017, the second-day show was mainly stolen by AMD for it revealed its potential rival against Intel's Core i9. Our sister site Computer Shopper points out that AMD didn't promise Vega availability at SIGGRAPH either, which could mean that the actual launch is farther into August. AMD is now in the process of slowly releasing information about the chip to build up interest ahead of its launch - which, before you ask, hasn't been set yet and is still "this summer".

AMD demonstrated ThreadRipper's performance in a few scenarios, including the now-famous Blender rendering test of the Ryzen CPU and logo. That being said, AMD hasn't forgotten about PC gamers, and is working to bring Vega to consumers in the near future. ASRock, Asus, Gigabyte and MSI will all have X399 motherboards in the market when Threadripper launches. Previous ROG gaming products based on AMD designs included Athlon 64 FX processors and were desktop models, until now.

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AMD also showed a Ryzen mobile accelerated processing unit (APU) in a ultraportable laptop reference design (which can be used by PC makers to design their own machines).

"The reception and response from both consumers and enthusiasts for Ryzen has been remarkable, and we're just getting started as we roll out a full line-up of Ryzen processors that deliver exceptional performance for premium and high-performance desktops and notebooks", said Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager, AMD Compute and Graphics business group.

AMD also took advantage of Computex to draw attention to its VR (virtual reality) bona fides.

The Vega Frontier Edition will be available for professionals at the end of June, but consumers will have to wait at least two more months to get their hands on some new AMD hardware. AMD showed a short demo of Prey running at 4K on a Ryzen CPU and "dual RX Vega" combo, but without any benchmarks that didn't reveal a whole lot (aside from some unfortunate screen-tearing).

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