With Computex in full swing this week, AMD’s press conference just wrapped up for the morning. While the bulk of the news in the conference was on AMD’s CPU and APU plans – where the company continues to roll out new Ryzen products – the company’s CEO, Dr. Lisa Su did have a bit to say on the GPU side of matters.

First off, the previously announced Vega Frontier Edition card will be available on June 27th, just making AMD’s previous H1’17 commitment for Vega. The Frontier Edition is AMD’s first batch of Vega-based cards, and is being marketed specifically towards early adopters in the professional segment. A price has not been announced, but expect it to be high.

Second up, Lisa promised more information on the Vega-based Radeon Instinct MI25 on June 20th. This is when the company will be launching their Epyc processor for servers, so they are aligning server/datacenter announcements across product lines. Instinct won’t be launching here, but we should get at least a few more details on configurations and positioning.

Finally, in the piece of news that pretty much everyone has been on the edge of their seats for, AMD has finally announced a date where they’ll announce the consumer-oriented Radeon RX Vega. The mythical card’s launch will be taking place at SIGGRAPH this year, the Association for Computing Machinery’s annual graphics conference. SIGGRAPH is an interesting choice for a venue, as it’s not a consumer event (as opposed to say E3 or IFA), but AMD is no stranger to the show, having launched their Radeon WX professional products there last year. SIGGRAPH runs from July 30th to August 3rd, so it’s almost exactly 2 months out.

For anyone looking for any further details on RX Vega however, you’re out of luck. To AMD's credit, they are clearly well aware of pent-up consumer interest in the card and they did show a demo of CrossFired RX Vegas playing Prey at 4K, but they are not revealing any additional information on the card or its specifications at this time. This information is presumably all going to come at the same time at SIGGRAPH. The million dollar question now being whether the SIGGRAPH event is a hard launch, or whether AMD will unveil the products and then have them ship a few weeks later, which would be similar to how the Polaris launch went down.

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  • akula2 - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - link

    I'm a shareholder who bought "considerable" volume at $3 more than an year ago.
    So, what are you whining about? I reckon AMD stock value will go up for sure. Period.

    I'm ditching Intel in favor of AMD and Vega platform (20-30 non-Gaming workstations to phase out old Intel machines based on WS boards).

    ps: many annoying people like you who cried over rooftops to sell BTCs when it touched $1000 barrier. Some of my contacts and pals got convinced, abruptly sold their options (of course, they made a lot of profit!) despite my advise against it. BTW, I've bought BTCs ~$200!!
  • pidgin - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - link

    How can you possibly have losses with AMD's stock? I suggest you get out of the stock market if you do.
  • JDG1980 - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - link

    There was absolutely NO pricing or SKU information released at Computex for *any* product. This was one of the worst presentations I've ever seen.

    I do think Threadripper is going to be competitive, but you have to wonder why they didn't give any specific details. As for Vega - the fact that they had to resort to Crossfire for the demo is very, very bad news. It's reminiscent of Polaris, where they did the same thing because they knew a single card wasn't competitive with Nvidia's high-end competition. Given the die size and TFlops, we should be seeing a SINGLE Vega beat GTX 1080 Ti and Titan Xp. But it looks like that's not happening.
  • Coolguy123 - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - link

    I agree with you on the threadripper cpu. There has to be a catch, I dont know what it is. But once it benchmarks we will see.
  • silverblue - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - link

    Probably the price of the boards. Quad channel isn't going to be cheap.
  • Alexvrb - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - link

    How is that different from their direct Intel competition? All of these non-consumer-level platforms are expensive. Threadripper and Epyc will be priced competitively.
  • Stochastic - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - link

    I'm having a hard time getting excited about Vega. I really hope AMD can shakeup the GPU market sooner rather than later.
  • Cellar Door - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - link

    It is pretty clear at this point AMD fell victim to HBM2 availability - particularly the faster chips which they most likely require for their design. Then there are the actual chip yields as well from the sound of it. Meeting frequency high enough to even match Nvidia's last generation high end.

    At this rate consumer cards on the shelf, won't be here till September - if that and most likely in limited(soldout) quantities.

    HUGE disappointment and an even bigger let down to all potential amd gpu customers. Vega - super late and slower then Pascal.

    A consumer Volta needs to come out and put an end to this ridiculus hype(bs) train.
  • Achaios - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - link

    The tears in the comments are more interesting than the article itself.

    I recommend to AMD shareholders to buy a stuffed bear, hug it tight, and hang on to it.
  • The FAB - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - link

    Really not very good that they had crossfire Vegas running Prey. My almost 4 year old crossfire 290x's have no issue doing that. Come on AMD Give us the cards that are worth upgrading to. You got me with the 4k freesync monitor or I may have gone to the dark side by now.

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