Unboxing AMD's Radeon RX Vega 64 And Radeon RX Vega 56, Presentation Is Everything

Radeon RX Vega Press Box
In case you haven’t been keeping up, late last month AMD officially announced the consumer version of its Vega-based graphics cards to much fanfare. With prices starting at $399 for the Radeon RX Vega 56, $499 for Radeon Vega RX 64 Air Cooled and topping out at $699 for the Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid Cooled, AMD is playing squarely in territory currently occupied by NVIDIA’s higher-end GeForce GTX 10 graphics cards. As it turns out, late this week AMD finally had a shipment delivered to us that contained a graphics card presentation unlike any other we've seen to date.

Radeon RX Vega Press Kit Box Not Retail

Luckily for us, we’ve got our hands on both the Radeon RX Vega 56 and the air-cooled version of the Radeon RX Vega 64. As you can see, the press kit was quite an elaborate affair, similar to what AMD sent us for the Ryzen Threadripper launch, and there were still plenty of goodies inside including a plexiglass cube with a “floating” 3D Vega logo inside. There’s also a rather cool, non-working Vega MCM included, along with a few Radeon RX Vega stickers, that gives you a good view of what 8GB of HBM2 memory looks like bolted up to the rather large Vega GPU die.

Radeon Vega RX 64 and BoxRadeon RX Vega Cube and GPU Chip
Radeon RX Vega Crystal CubeRadeon RX Vega GPU In Hand

But the most important items included with the press kit were the cards themselves. As you can see, both the Radeon RX Vega 56 and Radeon RX Vega 64 (seen directly below) feature a cooler design reminiscent of the preceding Radeon RX 480.

Vega 64 Left Vega 56 Right PCBs
Radeon RX Vega 64 (Left) - Radeon RX Vega 56 (Right)
Vega 64 Back
Radeon RX Vega 64 - GPUTach LED Strip Indicates Card Load

In fact, the cards look nearly identical (the Vega 64 is on the left in the image above, while the Vega 56 is on the right), with the only external giveaway being a difference in PCB color between them. You can also see that both require two 8-pin PCIe power connectors.

Vega 64 FrontVega 64 Back

Given that we’re still under NDA, there’s not much else that we can tell you about the cards that we haven’t already told you in our announcement article. That means that the performance benchmarks are going to have to wait until next week. We will say, however, that those looking to score a real bargain on AMD’s latest round of video cards might want to keep an eye on the Radeon Red Pack, which features the Radeon RX Vega 56 for an MSRP of $499. For that price, you’ll be able to score a $200 discount on a 34-inch Samsung CF791 curved ultra-wide FreeSync monitor and a $100 discount on a Ryzen processor/X370 motherboard combination. The $300 in discounts will go a long way towards building a new, kickass rig to satisfy your 4K gaming urges.

Vega 64 test bench
Radeon RX Vega 64 On Skylake-X, but it wants a Threadripper

Watch this space for our full review of AMD’s Radeon RX Vega family.