It’s nearly AMD’s semicentennial and the company is putting together a batch of commemorative products to mark the occasion. Following a leaked product listing that tentatively confirmed a Ryzen 7 2700X 50th Anniversary Edition last week, further special editions have been announced, voluntarily or involuntarily, including a brand new AMD Radeon VII colourway and X470 motherboards.
Advanced Micro Devices was founded on May 1, 1969 by Jerry Sanders and his compadres from Fairchild Semiconductor, now a subsidiary of ON Semiconductor. That’s the same IC company that Gordon Moore and Robert Noyce worked at before founding Intel back in the day. Following the development of its own microprocessors, logic chips, RAM, and after multiple cross-licensing agreements with Intel, it’s been slowly rising up to become the only major, multifaceted contender to the x86 originator in the CPU market.
And it’s now celebrating 50 years at a time when its CPU division is metaphorically killing it. And that means some special products that may tickle gamers’ fancy. The main event is the Ryzen 7 2700X 50th Anniversary Edition, which was reportedly leaked by a retailer a little early. Aside from the gold accented box, we don’t know if or how this rumoured chip will differ from the usual fare. However, if it’s anything like Intel’s celebratory Core i7 8086K, we could see AMD bin the best performing silicon for a slight bump in clockspeed. Still, it’s a hard sell with AMD Ryzen 3000 around the corner.
But the latest leak (via VideoCardz) also indicates AMD’s Radeon VII will be joining the festivities with a special 50th Anniversary Edition. The card was launched earlier this year, marking the first 7nm GPU on the market, and was available strictly in reference silver fare. However, the latest leak suggests that AMD could be prepping a rather gaudy bright red card to mark the occasion.
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And in a similar fashion, AMD partner Sapphire has announced it’s putting together a shimmering, golden AMD RX 590 Nitro+ with white LED fans for the big event.
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And finally, Gigabyte has announced it will be launching a limited run of X470 Aorus Gaming 7 WiFi-50 motherboards. These are almost identical to their non-50 designated boards aside from added RGB lighting, and will be available alongside the Aorus RGB M.2 NVMe SSD on April 26.
Further anniversary products are sure to be announced in the next few days, with AMD’s 50th anniversary falling on May 1, 2019. Stay tuned.