After the barrage of news that we were able to enjoy in the past AMD Financial Analyst Day, where we were able to know details of the AMD EPYC among other things, the people of AMD continue to want to feed the Hype created in recent weeks. This time it has been Raja koduri, Executive Vice President and Principal Architect of AMD Radeon Technologies Group the one who submitted to an AMA (Ask me Anything / Ask me anything) on Reddit, one of the most popular forums.
As expected, there was a lot of desire to know about the next Vega cards focused on Gaming, the great ones absent from the previous event and about which many users eagerly await every bit of information.
We will have to wait to get a Radeon RX Vega, the HBM2 memory is to blame.
To be as true as possible to the words of Raja koduri, we quote here what I answer to users:
“We will be showing the Radeon RX Vega at Computex, but it will not be on the shelves that week. We know how eager you are to get your hands on the Radeon RX Vega, and we are working very hard to bring you a graphics card that you will be incredibly proud to own. “
And it seems that these words confirm the rumors that we already talked about at the time in our article about the Nvidia Tesla V100, where everything indicated that the HBM2 memory shortage he was going to see that the first VEGAs arrived with a very limited stock of about 16,000 units. In addition, according to the website http://wccftech.com, Hynix would be responsible, since it is the in charge of manufacturing memory chips that will use the AMD Radeon RX Vega Nova, Eclipse and Core (Nvidia uses units produced by Samsung less frequently), chips that would arrive with a frequency of 2.0Gbps and that were originally planned for the third quarter of 2016, which would explain why why Vega would be so late to compete with Pascal from Nvidia.
In this vein, it does not seem that the official launch of the Radeon RX Vega Nova, Eclipse and Core will occur before the end of June, and when it does, it will be in very limited quantities that will make us relive all the problems experienced with the Radeon Fury.
Radeon RX Vega Nova will be faster than Radeon Vega Frontier Edition.
Raja koduri It did not limit itself to confirming what we all feared, and that is that there was also room for good news. Raja told users that the Radeon Vega will be graphics much more optimized for video games than the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition (something logical, since this is a professional and computer graphics) and that they will also be cheaper than that:
“The Radeon RX Vega for consumers will be much better optimized for all the best games and tastes. With the RX Vega they will be really faster than with the Frontier version“.
We remind you that there will be 3 Radeon Vega models focused on competing with the Nvidia GTX 1070, 1080 and 1080 Ti, with different more or less competitive prices:
- The AMD Radeon RX Vega Core it would be the most basic graph. It would use a Vega 10 Pro chip with 3584 “Stream Processors”, between 4 and 8 GB of HBM2 memory and it would have a starting price of $ 299 that will translate into a minimum price of 450 euros in our market. From what has been leaked, its performance would be slightly better than the GTX 1070, so it would be a more than good competition for it, with presumably better support for DX12.
- Then we would have the AMD Radeon RX Vega Eclipse, which would use a Vega 10 XT silicon with 4096 “Stream Processors” at a frequency of about 1500 MHz, It would integrate 8GB of HBM2 memory and would have a price in our market of about 600 euros. Its performance would be slightly below the GTX 1080, so here AMD should throw price reductions if it does not manage to keep up, something that will also influence the overclocking capacity of these cards.
- Finally there would be the AMD Radeon RX Vega Nova, that would repeat the characteristics of the previous one, but with the possibility of mounting up to 16 GB memory HBM2 and a frequency that would rise to 1600MHz. The problem we see with this card is that, beyond the extra memory, we would be talking about the same Vega 10 chip, so either AMD manages to limit the overclocking of the Vega Nova, or they themselves could cannibalize the sales of your most powerful card, leaving everything in the hands of the silicon lottery. This card would be priced at about 700 euros and its specifications match the AMD 6864: 00 My colleague Alejandro already told you about it, with a performance somewhere between the GTX 1080 and the GTX 1080 Ti, but with a price of about 100 euros lower than the latter, so it would be quite competitive.
|Graphics Card||Radeon RX Vega Nova||Radeon RX Vega Eclipse||Radeon RX Vega Core||Radeon RX Vega Pro Duo|
|GPU||Vega 10 XT||Vega 10 XT||2x Vega 10 XT|
|Clock Speed||1.6GHz||~ 1.5GHz||~ 1.5GHz||TBA|
25.6 (FP16) TFLOPS
|~ 12 TFLOLPS
~ 24 (FP16) TFLOPS
|~ 10.5 TFLOPs
~ 21 (FP16) TFLOPs
|Memory||16-8GB HBM2||8GB HBM2||8-4GB HBM2||32-16GB HBM2|
|Bandwidth||~ 480GB / s||~ 480GB / s||~ 480GB / s||~ 820GB / s- 960GB / s|
|Launch||June 5th||June 5th||June 5th||TBA|
If the next Vega are interesting or not, it will depend on their final availability, price and performance, but what is certain is that at the end of the year Nvidia will arrive with the new Voltas with GDDR6 memory and without presumed stock problems, so It seems that AMD has very little room for maneuver to make the maximum possible cash. Let’s not forget that Navy will not arrive until well into 2018, so it seems that, except for surprise, Nvidia will once again have a few months of complete relaxation to sell its next Navy without too much competition.
Youtube (Streaming of the event) http://wccftech.com