Spotted: AMD's Radeon RX Vega, Air & Liquid Cooledby Ryan Smith on July 29, 2017 9:20 PM EST
In a very brief update this evening, as part of their trickle marketing campaign, AMD has allowed us to release photos of two of their upcoming Radeon RX Vega cards. Cards as in plural, you say? Yes, just like the already-released Radeon Frontier Edition cards, RX Vega will come in air and liquid cooled variants.
To little surprise, both cards look like a palette swap of their Frontier Edition counterparts, with the same brushed metal finish, fan position, and Radeon "R" logo in the corner. However for any other information besides that, well, AMD is saving that for another time...
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quantcon - Saturday, July 29, 2017 - linkI kept wondering for a minute what that blue ribbon streaming out of the right GPU was.
cpucrust - Saturday, July 29, 2017 - linkThat's the participation award. (trigger me not)
Alexvrb - Sunday, July 30, 2017 - linkLOL. Go watercooling or go home? If these compete with the 1080 vanilla, they need to hit the market around $450-500 for the aircooled version, and a bit more for the watercooled version. Personally that's still too high for me, I'm hoping there will be a partially-enabled model for substantially less I might be able to afford.
That is, if mining demand has diminished by then.
ddriver - Sunday, July 30, 2017 - linkPre-release drivers score around a 1080. I guess the will be able to squeeze out an additional 20% via driver refinement. Which will put it close but below the 1080 ti.
Vega will definitely be superior computationally, so if the price is right, miners will sweep it, if not - nobody save for a few die hard fanboys will buy it.
Either way, it won't reach gamers in decent quantities, that is unless the mining fad suddenly dies in the weeks to come.
Alexvrb - Sunday, July 30, 2017 - linkThe main driver of the current *GPU* mining craze is Ethereum. When eth transitions to Proof of Stake, mining demand will plummet. The question isn't if, but rather when, this happens.
Magichands8 - Sunday, July 30, 2017 - linkI'm not convinced the miners will wipe it out. They're releasing cards built just for miners and buying Vega now, whatever it's price, will mean buying it at its most expensive price. Not an approach miners are in a rush to take. Not to mention that this is going to be a hot card. Maybe if the hashing performance of Vega is massively superior to all of the bonafide mining cards...
ddriver - Monday, July 31, 2017 - linkMiners can't afford to wait forever. The window of profitability is closing with every passing second. If miners were holding out, you wouldn't have that phenomenon that poralis gpus are pretty much sold out and the little that are available cost more than nvidia counterparts.
Alexvrb - Monday, July 31, 2017 - linkWell, I'm hoping that difficulty ramping and incoming PoS discourage Eth farm investment in Vega. Vega 56 looks like it will offer very good bang for the buck, and I'd bet it overclocks decently given it's big brother's clocks (even factoring in binning).
Wardrop - Sunday, July 30, 2017 - linkSame. Didn't realise a guy could have such a large thigh gap.
sor - Saturday, July 29, 2017 - linkIs the GPU-crotch guy holding a Threadripper chip?