Confusingly, the Radeon VII Gold Edition isn’t gold at all, but rather a shade of AMD red. Aside from the colour change, the Radeon VII 50th Anniversary Edition is exactly the same as the bog-standard Radeon VII silver version and will retail for $699.
AMD’s Ryzen 7 2700X Gold Edition is, contrary rumours, a bog-standard 2700X, albeit with AMD CEO Lisa Su’s signature adorning it. Weird. Early listings prompted speculation AMD could be cherry picking higher binned chips for a high clock-speed variant of the Ryzen 7 2700X, but this isn’t the case. That's a little bit disappointing, to be honest, but at an MSRP of $329 the Ryzen 7 2700X is still great value, particularly taking into account the free goodies...
Just to sweeten the deal somewhat, AMD is also giving away two free games with purchases - World War Z and Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 Gold Edition. You get the games through buying either the Radeon VII and the Ryzen 7 2700X, although the full giveaway extends to customers who pick up any of the following products: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Gold Edition, Ryzen 7 2700X, Ryzen 7 2700, Ryzen 5 2600X, Ryzen 5 2600, Ryzen 5 2400G, Radeon VII Gold Edition, Radeon VII, RX Vega series, RX 590, RX 580, or RX 570.
Additionally, those who buy the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Gold Edition will get a free AMD 50th anniversary t-shirt and a Lisa Su signature sticker, while stocks last.
The very idea that some folks are idolising multinational billion dollar corporations to the extent they want to pay for merchandise with the CEO’s signatures on is kind of blowing my mind a bit, but, er, crack on I guess.
“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.”
AMD’s official 50th Anniversary won't be celebrated until May 1st, but the special edition hardware is available to order now.