ASUS Struts Its Radeon RX Vega 64 With Four Air And Water Cooled Models

At long last, AMD over the weekend finally unveiled its Vega graphics card lineup for consumers, announcing both air cooled and liquid cooled variants. With the official announcement out of the way, AMD's hardware partners are now free to unveil their own custom designs, and ASUS did not waste any time doing so.

ASUS has four Vega cards on tap through its Republic of Gamers (ROG) division. All four are the faster Radeon RX Vega 64 variety, as opposed to the slower (and lower cost) Radeon RX Vega 56 that AMD also announced at SIGGRAPH on Sunday. They include air cooled and water cooled SKUs, along with a couple of "Gaming" models with overclocked specs.

ASUS ROG Strix RX VEga 64

There are actually five cards in all, if you want to count separate black (RXVEGA64-8G) and sliver (RVEGA64-8G-SILVER) color options for the Asus RX Vega 64 Air Cooled Edition. Both of these stick with AMD's reference design, which calls for a 1,247MHz base clock and 1,546MHz boost clock, along with 8GB of HBM2 memory on a 2,048-bit bus clocked at 945MHz (1.9Gbps effective).

The ASUS RX Vega 64 Water Cooled Edition (RXVEGA64-O8G-LIQUID) also ports over AMD's reference design. That means faster clocks—1,406MHz base and 1,677MHz boost, along with the same memory configuration as the air cooled part.

AMD's reference design extends to display out configuration as well—all three SKUs mentioned above sport a single HDMI 2.0 port and three DisplayPort 1.4 ports.

Where things get a little more interesting is with ASUS ROG's custom models. There are two models in the pipeline—the ASUS ROG Strix RX Vega 64 (ROG-STRIX-RXVEGA64-8G-GAMING) and ASUS ROG Strix RX Vega 64 OC Edition (ROG-STRIX-RXVEGA64-O8G-GAMING). Unfortunately ASUS did not reveal clockspeeds for either model, though both will come with faster clocks than what AMD's reference blueprint calls for.

These cards will also feature a different output configuration (both are outfitted with two HDMI 2.0 ports, two DisplayPort 1.4 connectors, and a single DVI-D connector) and fancier cooling with three cooling fans. And of course users will be able to play with RGB lighting on these cards.

ASUS says its reference cards will be available August 14th and its custom variants sometime in early September. No pricing information was given.