AMD releases 50th Anniversary “Gold Edition” versions of its top Ryzen and Radeon parts

UPDATE: Newegg contacted us to let us know that there will not actually be a drawing for a free Ryzen 3000 CPU for purchasers of the Ryzen 7 2700X 50th Anniversary edition as we were originally told. The retailer says that the "reference to a product drawing" was "erroneously posted" and that it has since been removed.

Are you a die-hard AMD fanboy? Do you have the original green logo tattooed on your body? If so, then you definitely don't need me to tell you that AMD's just released the 50th Anniversary "Gold Editions" of its Ryzen 7 2700X CPU and Radeon VII graphics card. Yes, indeed; AMD's fastest single-chip CPU to date is now available in a fancy black-and-gold box, while the Radeon VII comes with a red shroud.

Kidding aside, those aren't the only unique characteristics of the new parts. The CPU has AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su's signature on its heatspreader alongside a special "AMD50" marking. Its box also includes a golden sticker that likewise bears the good doctor's autograph and the AMD50 logo. Plus, you get a coupon for an AMD50 T-shirt, as well as a digital code to enter a drawing to win a free Zen 2 processor on launch. Finally, the usual Wraith Prism RGB LED CPU cooler comes along, of course.

Oh, the CPU itself? It's still called "Ryzen 7 2700X", so while we don't have confirmation on this from AMD, we expect that it's the same Pinnacle Ridge CPU that we all know and love. That gets you eight cores and 16 threads of Zen+ starting at 3.7 GHz and ticking up to 4.3 GHz under load. It's the top of AMD's Socket AM4 lineup, and we were tickled pink with it when we tested it. It's still possible that AMD has fiddled with CPU's functionality—after all, Intel's similar Core i7-8086K had a bumped single-core turbo clock—but we don't see any indication of that.

There are less details available about the Radeon VII Gold Edition. As far as we can tell, it likewise seems to be the same product as its standard model, save for a Radeon Red heatsink shroud. Like the CPU, it includes the autographed sticker and the ticket for the T-shirt, but it doesn't appear to include the code to enter the Zen 2 drawing.

If you buy one of these 50th Anniversary Edition parts right now, you get two free games: The Division 2 and World War Z. However, that's true for a number of other AMD products right now, including all second-generation Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 CPUs as well as Radeon RX 570, RX 580, RX 590, and RX Vega graphics cards. The Division 2 comes as the Gold Edition of the game, which includes the "Year 1" season pass as well as some bonus content.

Fancy.

The prices further fuel our speculation that these parts aren't significantly altered from their standard versions. The Ryzen 7 2700X Gold Edition is selling for just $330. That's lower than the standard version's premiere price, and not much more than its current Newegg price of $295.

On the other hand, we couldn't find the Radeon VII Gold Edition anywhere but on AMD's site, where it goes for exactly the same $699 as a regular Radeon VII. If you're interested, you may want to jump on one of these offers, as we suspect they won't be around for long. You also can check out AMD's 50th Anniversary site here.

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    • DarkMikaru
    • 4 months ago

    Well, Gamers Nexus confirmed… def not binned parts as theirs didn’t overclock any better than your standard 2700x. 🙁 So much for hoping against hope.

    [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5cndooT3WQ[/url<]

    • Anonymous Coward
    • 4 months ago

    The shroud should have been red from day #1.

    • Ummagumma
    • 4 months ago

    meh

    • DPete27
    • 4 months ago

    Shouldn’t they have Jerry Sanders’ autograph?

      • chuckula
      • 4 months ago

      They should charge extra for it to NOT have Hector’s signature.

      • Mr Bill
      • 4 months ago

      For Goldmembers only.

    • crabjokeman
    • 4 months ago

    So, basically, I’m paying an extra $35 for a sticker, and some logos on the CPU that will be hidden by the heatsink? Does the heatsink look any different?

    Oh, and I almost forgot the T-shirt coupon, though that involves spending more money.

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 4 months ago

      Games, too?

        • derFunkenstein
        • 4 months ago

        Yes and no. They GPUs aren’t more expensive because of the games, but this CPU is more expensive than the regular edition.

        • crabjokeman
        • 4 months ago

        No, they come with regular Ryzen 2700 CPU’s as well.

      • jihadjoe
      • 4 months ago

      Silly, that doesn’t go in a PC. You’re supposed to put it on a display shelf with the box unopened!

    • chuckula
    • 4 months ago

    We could have binned 16 core 5 GHz RyZen 3000 chips that will hard launch in less than a month and sold them all off at $1000 each (or more on eBay) for our 50th anniversary!

    But we decided not to. Who would want one of those?

    • sconesy
    • 4 months ago

    If the Lisa Su signature actually persuades anyone to buy one of these they should be forced to disclose this fact on a public social media page for mockery.

      • NovusBogus
      • 4 months ago

      Look at it this way, a lot of people are into superhero movies and pay big bucks to go to exclusive parties and Comic Con where they might get a chance for some actor that plays their favorite superhero to sign some random crap. This is at least a functional piece of hardware that has the signature of an actual superhero; I think we can all agree that fighting aliens and whatnot is small potatoes compared to making AMD stop being technologically retarded.

        • moose17145
        • 4 months ago

        Although your post was much more humorous (and perhaps more on point with reality sadly), I was actually thinking that the hip thing right now is apparently showing that women are capable and strong and all that jazz at absolutely all cost… and Lisa Su legitimately seems to be an actual real life competent, strong, and intelligent woman in the corporate world who can more than hold their own. Just saying, if there are any girls out there who are looking for a role model of a real world successful businesswoman, she would definitely be a better choice than almost any of the idiot actresses that are out there right now.

      • Sahrin
      • 4 months ago

      The CEO of Mercedes Benz ‘signs’ every Mercedes under the dash VIN.

    • chuckula
    • 4 months ago

    We’re cancelling another 10nm product over here!

    Great job AMD!

      • Krogoth
      • 4 months ago

      Intel will release 10nm Unobtainum Edition “Ice Lake” running at 10THz!

      AMD will immediately throw up a white flag patched together with Elmer’s glue and Navi dies.

        • K-L-Waster
        • 4 months ago

        Der8auer attempts to overclock it and promptly incinerates the northern hemisphere.

          • Krogoth
          • 4 months ago

          Chuck: “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of shills….”

          • anotherengineer
          • 4 months ago

          The freezer known as Canada will eat all that heat and not even melt an inch of snow.

            • Wirko
            • 4 months ago

            Don’t count on that. ATI is no more.

            • anotherengineer
            • 4 months ago

            The Markham office is still there.

            [url<]https://ca.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=cb4a5bfc830d5d21&q=Advanced+Micro+Devices&l=Markham%2C+ON&tk=1d9qkn9245hcj803&from=web&vjs=3[/url<]

            • K-L-Waster
            • 4 months ago

            Sure, rub it in…

            • anotherengineer
            • 4 months ago

            I’m in Timmins.

            My yard still has a foot of snow (most places) and some lakes still have over a foot of ice, some 2ft with no in/out flows.
            It just snowed the other night for a few minutes.

            Spring is coming
            [url<]https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/weather/ontario/timmins[/url<]

            • K-L-Waster
            • 4 months ago

            Ok, you win: it’s not nearly that bad down here in Oshawa.

    • Krogoth
    • 4 months ago

    Nobody wants to get a “Gold Edition 2700X” with Matisse being around the corner. You can already get a regular 2700X on clearance sales/combos.

    Golden Edition Radeon VII is DOA. It is most likely just unsold Instinct Mi50s that no ISV wanted.

    There’s no teaser or hint on Navi. This does not bode well for those wanting some renewed competition.

      • Shobai
      • 4 months ago

      [quote<]does not bold well[/quote<] Bowed*

        • techguy
        • 4 months ago

        lol

        the word is:

        bode

        [url<]https://youtu.be/XnXKVY-_i2c[/url<]

          • Shobai
          • 4 months ago

          I’m glad to see that irony is lost on you =) That’ll teach me for second-guessing myself on whether to add “/s” .

            • techguy
            • 4 months ago

            Pro tip: when commenting anonymously online, people can’t see you smirk.

            • Shobai
            • 4 months ago

            And I’m sure that quite a few of us are grateful for that!

          • psuedonymous
          • 4 months ago

          The question is, does it Nyquist well too?

    • DarkMikaru
    • 4 months ago

    As an AMD Fan Boy I’d def throw money at this if I had money to burn. But since I don’t…. I’ll pass. But this is really cool to see. I’m waiting on the Ryzen 3700 to replace my 1700 (which I absolutely adore).

    I wonder if these are binned chips for better overclocking. At least give us that AMD.

      • blastdoor
      • 4 months ago

      If these aren’t even binned then it’s just the color on the box and that’s just sad.

        • Goty
        • 4 months ago

        Don’t forget the t-shirt!

          • blastdoor
          • 4 months ago

          Well, I did forget the games, actually, so I guess that’s a little something.

          Still super lame though. And it sounds like Anandtech is more definitive that there is absolutely nothing special about the CPU/GPU themselves.

          Imagine if the dollars spent on this marketing effort had instead been spent on beer. What a waste.

        • DarkMikaru
        • 4 months ago

        And you were correct sir.. just the color on the box 🙁

        [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5cndooT3WQ[/url<]

    • euricog
    • 4 months ago

    You could make it in actual gold and that Radeon VII still wouldn’t be worth $700.

    I’m so hoping that Navi can fight a better fight…

      • DarkMikaru
      • 4 months ago

      I hear ya. But Radeon 7 is actually a better buy than the 2080 right now test show. I don’t have a dog in this fight since my hard rule is to never spend more than 300 on any given video card.

      Especially since my Radeon RX570 4GB in my HTPC runs games so incredibly well for so little money. And the 1070 in my Ryzen 1700 rig that I picked up for 250 is still and excellent card.

      • Krogoth
      • 4 months ago

      Radeon VII is only worth it if you have use case for extra FP64 power or 16GiB of VRAM on the relative cheap.

      For gaming usage patterns, the Vega 56/64 are better buys on the AMD camp while Nvidia outright dominates anything above $499 land.

        • JustAnEngineer
        • 4 months ago

        I will agree that the $300 Radeon RX Vega56 outperforms NVidia’s cards in that price range. However, I’m seriously hoping that Navi brings us even more competition with comparatively inexpensive GDDR6 vs. the expensive HBM2 in the Vega56/64.

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