AMD marks its 50th anniversary on May 1, 2019, and to celebrate this once in a lifetime occasion; the company is releasing a “Gold Edition” version of the Ryzen 7 2700X processor and the Radeon VII graphics card. This is actually a move that follows what Intel did to mark its 40th anniversary when it released the Intel Core i7-8086K. That was released in limited quantities and was basically a binned version of the six-core, 12-thread i7 with faster clocks that approached 5Ghz as opposed to the maximum 4.7 GHz. But, it’s not just the processor and graphics card that make the “Gold Edition” special.
Along with the Gold Edition 2700X processor and Radeon VII graphics card, you also get a coupon to redeem a commemorative t-shirt and a code to enter a drawing to win the upcoming Ryzen 3000 series processor for free. The Gold Edition 2700X processor is also engraved with the signature of AMG CEO Dr. Lisa Su and the “AMD 50” logo. Finally, a special sticker that includes the AMG 50 logo and Dr. Su’s signature is also tossed in. Unfortunately, there’s nothing else special about the processor as the Ryzen 7 2700X Gold Edition features the same specs as the original, including 8 cores, 16 threads, and a clock between 3.7 and 4.3Ghz.
The AMD 50 Gold Edition package is only available at Newegg and is priced $329.99 – the same price as the regular Ryzen 7 2700X. Then again, you can get the latter from Amazon for $292.99 right now, so you’re basically paying $35 extra dollars for a sticker, some cool packaging, some special engraving, a t-shirt, and an entry into a drawing for AMD’s upcoming Ryzen 3000 Series processor. As is the case with the standard version, you’ll get two free games – Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 and World War Z.
“For a half century, AMD pushed the boundaries of what’s possible in high-performance computing to create new experiences and possibilities for hundreds of millions of people,” said John Taylor, chief marketing officer at AMD. “We celebrate this moment with our fans around the world who inspire us to push forward in that spirit for another fifty years to 2069 and beyond.”
On that note, AMD has also launched a gold edition Radeon VII with a bright red case and AMD 50 gold packaging. You can order this setup from AMD directly during the promotional period that ends on June 8, 2019. Finally, certain retailers will also be offering some cool deals during the promotional period too.
“For example, Best Buy is launching a one-day AMD 50th Anniversary sale on May 1, 2019, offering up to $150 off select AMD products, including AMD-powered PCs and notebooks, Ryzen processors, and Radeon graphics. The promotion is available exclusively to Best Buy customers in the US,” AMD says.
For now, we don’t know when AMD plans to roll out the next-gen Ryzen 3000 CPUs and the Navi GPUs which could come as soon as Computex in June.