AMD To Stop Shipping Reference RX Vega Cards In Favor Of Custom Models

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Dec 8, 2017
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AMD is discontinuing the production and distribution of reference Radeon RX Vega 64 and 56 graphics cards, reports computerbase.de. All major retailers in Germany have stopped carrying the reference designed versions of both cards, in favor of custom AIB models.

AMD Stops Shipping Reference RX Vega 64 & 56 Cards In Favor Of Custom Models

We have yet to see this take place among US e-tailers. In fact, neither does Amazon or Newegg appear to have any custom AIB versions of neither RX Vega in stock, as both e-tailers continue to only carry the reference RX Vega 64 and 56 designs. Although this is expected to change over the coming weeks, as more AIBs ship custom models and as the existing inventory of reference cards runs out.

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ComputerBase cites several sources and reports that AMD has already stopped shipping reference Vegas in favor of allocating more Vega 10 GPUs for the company’s add-in-board partners to build custom designs with. Asus, Gigabyte, Sapphire, PowerColor & XFX have all debuted custom versions of AMD’s RX Vega 64 and 56 graphics cards, the majority of which are already shipping to retailers world-wide, including stores like Best Buy and Microcenter.

It’s not yet clear whether AMD will resume production of any specific RX Vega design at a later date. With 2017 coming to a close very soon, the company is no doubt already busy with the new 12nm Ryzen & Vega chips expected in the first half of next year.

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Refreshed Vega parts are expected to include the all new Vega 11 mid-range GPU replacing Polaris 10/20 and the RX 580/70 series. Additionally, a faster and more power efficient iteration of the Vega 10 GPU i.e. Vega 20 could also be in the works to debut some time in the first half of next year.

These refreshed parts will have to hold the line against NVIDIA’s upcoming Volta cards, which are expected to debut in the first half of next year. That is until Navi makes landfall, which is believed to be happening some time in the second half of 2018 around August. All in all, 2018 is shaping up to be a pretty exciting year for graphics with Volta, 12nm Vega, 7nm Navi all making their debut in one form or another.

 

GPUPolaris 10Vega 10Vega 11 (Mobile)Vega 20
Year2016201720182018
Graphics CardRX 480, 470Vega FE, 64, 56TBA (Vega 24,20)TBA
Process14LPP14LPP14LPP/12LP7nm
Transistors In Billions5.712TBATBA
Stream Processors2304409615364096 (rumored)
Performance5.8 TFLOPSUp To 13 TFLOPSTBA12+ TFLOPS
TDP150WUp To 290WTBA~150W
Memory8GB GDDR5Up To 16GB HBM24GB HBM232GB HBM2
Memory Bus256bit2048bit1024bitTBA
PCI Express3.03.03.04.0
Bandwidth256 GB/s484 GB/sTBA1 Terabyte/s
WccftechGeForce 10 SeriesTesla V100GeForce 20/11 SeriesAMD 400 SeriesAMD 500 SeriesAMD 600 SeriesAMD 700 Series
Architecture PascalVoltaVoltaPolarisPolaris / VegaVegaNavi
Process NodeTSMC 16nm FFTSMC 12nm FFTSMC 12nm FFSamsung 14nm LPPSamsung 14nm LPPGF 12nm FinFETGF 7nm FinFET
MemoryGDDR5/XHBM2GDDR6GDDR5GDDR5 / HBM2HBM2HBM3/GDDR6
Year201620171H2018201620171H20182H2018
GPUsGP102, GP104, GP106, GP107GV110GV102, GV104, GV106, GV107Polaris 10, Polaris 11Polaris 20, Polaris 21, Vega 10, Vega 11Vega 11, Vega 20TBA
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