While the official unveiling of the AMD RX Vega lineup is scheduled for the end of this month at SIGGRAPH, thanks to HardOCP we now have our first look at one of the AMD RX Vega GPUs which will be available to consumers in August.
Kyle, the person who shared the photo, was asked by AMD to test out the AMD RX Vega GPU and compare it to Nvidia GTX 1080 suggesting that the GPU is as expected, a counter to Nvidia’s 1080 instead of GTX 1080Ti. This means that AMD might not have anything up its sleeve right now to counter Nvidia’s top of the line consumer GPU.
In his post, Kyle mentioned that the GPU was given to him for a few days and then taken back. Since the final BIOS hasn’t been shipped to AIB partners yet, this RX Vega card features the reference design which looks pretty much the same as AMD’s RX 480 reference card.
Just a little tease here as to what is coming this week. RX Vega FreeSync vs. GTX 1080 Ti G-Sync Blind Gaming test video being edited now. All done at my house, with gamers with a couple hundred years of twitch gaming experience. All system UEFI and OS set up by me personally. AMD wanted me to use a 1080
While this reference design might be available to purchase soon after the unveiling at the end of this month, AMD’s manufacturing partners will release their variants of AMD Vega GPUs sometime in August and those should feature better cooling and performance than the reference design.
There have been rumors recently that the Vega lineup will suffer the same stock shortage as previous AMD GPUs and at launch, the stock will be extremely limited possibly due to the HBM2 memory used in this next flagship series.