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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  • pcgposter - Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - link

    Does this company have any sort of respect for its shareholders? Does it realize how volatile its stock price has been ever since Q4 earnings report? Even a sliver of bad news can plunge the stock 10%. And now this? Yeah blah blah Ryzen yeah blah blah Threadpiper Someday Edition, Vega Someday Edition, APU Someday Edition.

    FFS show some numbers on screen and give some prices, at this rate I'll just take my losses and invest in NGreedia at least I know they deliver on their promises, with AMD I don't know what to expect or believe anymore. Every launch is shaky and needs major updates, every other product is meh.
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  • PixyMisa - Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - link

    You want them to be more like Intel, who just launched a whole new CPU range with unknown clock speeds? Reply
  • pcgposter - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - link

    I just want a solid presentation man, something where I see numbers beating the competitor on perf or price/perf. Something professional oriented and consumer oriented. Wtf is the point of showing me Prey CF? How many people actually CF their cards? How many people WANT to when Nvidia is offering a cheaper and more stable alternative?

    Nothing they present inspires confidence.
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  • PixyMisa - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - link

    They did have a perfect opportunity to shoot down Intel at least. Just announce 16 cores, 3.6GHz, $999 and Intel's HEDT market is dead. Reply
  • tamalero - Thursday, June 01, 2017 - link

    Intel has loads of cash to resist the onslaught of AMD if price drops.. AMD cant go into another war similar to what happened during the Athlon x2 era.
    Where AMD was so spread thin.. it started to lose position and fell by lagging in technology again.
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  • JasonXer - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - link

    Companies have secrets. Sometimes numbers even if shown, doesn't provide the full picture, and it still comes crashing down.

    considering you mentioned losses... it sounds like you bought in only recently, buying into the ryzen megahype (mostly user hype and not so much AMD. AMD did not say Ryzen was the best thing since sliced bread)
    and hence therefore missing the earlier ryzen launch boat.

    if you are so low on confidence for AMD growth potential, go buy NGreedia then.
    Stocks is always a risk. Don't play if you can't stomach it.

    anyways, its not like AMD main growth factor for the next couple of years is going to be on consumer graphics cards.

    So why would marketing hear-say matter anyway?
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  • jjj - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - link

    If you expected more , that's on you
    We already knew that Vega and Epyc are launching later and it was common sense that Threadripper won't launch before Epyc. Anyone that expected more, was not informed and that's their own fault.

    You had 2 positive surprises, the 8 cores laptop from Asus and the Dell AIO.
    And if you think others had better presentations, you haven't watched those.
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  • jjj - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - link

    There is one more unexpected product, the QNAP TS-1277 NAS with 4 to 8 cores Ryzen. Reply
  • WorldWithoutMadness - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - link

    Which shareholders you're talking about? The one that worries about 10% stock plunging a.k.a traders? AMD doesn't even get money from them buying the shares (except if they buy AMD products) Reply
  • colemar - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - link

    Even the intraday traders bring some value as they improve liquidity. If there were no traders then investors would face some difficulty selling at the chosen time and desired price.
    I am selling now because sentiment about Vega among nerds is not good (due to the Computex's disappointing presentation) and this will soon spread to investors. AMD will grow, but not today.
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