AMD was incorporated on May 1st, 1969, fifty years ago, and they’re celebrating their 50th anniversary in style. To commemorate the event, AMD is releasing a special version of both the Ryzen 7 2700X and the Radeon VII.
Both the 2700X and the Radeon VII come in special, “gold edition” packaging, with the Ryzen 7 2700X featuring Dr. Lisa Su’s signature on the CPU lid (Dr. Su has been the president and CEO of AMD since 2014).
Unfortunately, the changes are superficial at best, with no difference in specifications between 50th anniversary “gold edition” parts and their base versions, and even the superficial changes are mostly to the packaging, not the parts themselves. What this means is, with the gold editions fetching a premium over the standard parts (the gold edition Ryzen 7 2700X, for instance, has the same release price that the base part had. The base part, however, is now available for less than its initial release price), these pieces have additional sentimental value to hardcore fans of Team Red. The average consumer should probably stay away, as they would be paying more for the exact same performance.
That said, there are a few goodies in the box – Gold edition products have been reported to contain codes for free games, as well as coupons for special edition promotional T-shirts. Whether or not these items provide value is up to individual taste.
Apart from AMD’s official 50th anniversary releases, there are some of AMD’s partners, such as Sapphire and Gigabyte, who have also released special edition parts to commemorate AMD’s anniversary.
Sapphire has released an anniversary edition version of the RX 590 in a snazzy gold colour scheme, making it much more visually different from AMD’s own anniversary releases. Similar to AMD, however, Sapphire’s special edition RX 590 has the same technical specifications as the base model, but at least it’s visually different. If you’re the kind of gamer who has their computer in a cheap, simple case, this product is not for you, but if you like your build to be aesthetically pleasing, one could certainly make an argument for Sapphire’s gold-coloured RX 590.
Gigabyte, like Sapphire, has also released a special edition part to commemorate AMD’s 50th anniversary – the X470 Aorus Gaming 7 WiFi-50 motherboard, which has orange highlights on a black and grey/silver board. Sapphire’s golden RX 590 would certainly look appealing on this bad boy. Being that the Aorus Gaming 7 is a high-end motherboard, it comes with all the bells and whistles you might expect, including dual-band 802.11ac wifi and Bluetooth 5 support. The motherboard also supports 7.1 channel audio, with high-quality gold capacitors that should appease audiophiles, and finally, it is certainly not lacking in I/O, with an assortment of USB 3, 3.1, USB Type-C, and even a couple of USB 3.1 ports that feature DAC-UP, which should result in a smoother voltage profile. In terms of storage, the X470 Aorus Gaming 7 WiFi-50 motherboard boasts two M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 ports, both of which have passive heatsinks.
Obviously, Gigabyte’s X470 Aorus Gaming 7 WiFi-50 motherboard is an enthusiast piece – you can certainly game with less motherboard features – but as far as enthusiast boards go, Gigabyte’s is pretty cost effective – putting it within the reach of ordinary consumers.
While we can’t recommend AMD’s gold edition parts to anyone but the most hardcore of fans, we feel that Sapphire’s RX 590 offering, which is only slightly more expensive than the original part, and Gigabyte’s high-end X470 Aorus Gaming 7 motherboard both have much broader appeal, being that they are reasonably cost effective, while being visually stunning pieces.