In a Reddit AMA, AMD’s Chief Architect Radeon Technologies Group, Raja Koduri, confirmed that the red team will be showing is new Radeon RX Vega graphics card at this year’s Computex. Not only that, but this gaming-oriented version of the Vega chipset may actually be faster than the recently announced Radeon Vega Frontier Edition GPU.
As Raja said:
“We’ll be showing Radeon RX Vega off at Computex, but it won’t be on store shelves that week. We know how eager you are to get your hands on Radeon RX Vega, and we’re working extremely hard to bring you a graphics card that you’ll be incredibly proud to own. Developing products with billions of transistors and forward-thinking architecture is extremely difficult — but extremely rewarding — work. And some of Vega’s features, like our High Bandwidth Cache Controller, HBM2, Rapid-Packed Math, or the new geometry pipeline, have the potential to really break new ground and fundamentally improve game development. These aren’t things that can be mastered overnight. It takes time for developers to adapt and adopt new techniques that make your gaming experience better than ever. We believe those experiences are worth waiting for and shouldn’t be rushed out the door. We’re working as hard as we can to bring you Radeon RX Vega.
On HBM2, we’re effectively putting a technology that’s been limited to super expensive, out-of-reach GPUs into a consumer product. Right now only insanely priced graphics cards from our competitors that aren’t within reach of any gamer or consumer make use of it. We want to bring all of that goodness to you. And that’s not easy! It’s not like you can run down to the corner store to get HBM2. The good news is that unlike HBM1, HBM2 is offered from multiple memory vendors – including Samsung and Hynix – and production is ramping to meet the level of demand that we believe Radeon Vega products will see in the market.”
So, the good news is that we’ll see the new Radeon RX Vega in action in a few days. The bad news is that this consumer version of the Vega chipset will – most probably – be delayed. In other words, it won’t be released in the first week of June as it was rumoured.
Furthermore, Raja claimed that AMD’s workstation Radeon Vega Frontier Edition was running Sniper Elite 4 – and most probably Battlefield 1 – during AMD’s recent on-stage demonstration. The Radeon Vega Frontier Edition was able to push between 60-70fps in Sniper Elite 4 in 4K. As such, the Radeon RX Vega may actually be faster than it, though AMD did not reveal the settings that it used.