Earlier this morning, we learned that AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics cards will be announced May 31st at Computex, with general availability occurring on June 5th. It was also revealed that the will be three SKUs at launch: Core, Eclipse and Nova.
According to the latest leaked information, at least one member of the Vega family will come with a 1600MHz core clock and a hefty 16GB HBM2 memory. According to the source, it is not known if this particular card is a member of the Radeon RX Vega, Radeon Pro or Radeon Pro Duo series, but we do know that is based on GFX900 (Vega) architecture. Given that most of the previous leaked specs on Vega that we have seen point to 8GB of HBM2, this could very well be a dual GPU “Duo” card that we’re examining.
This information was gleaned from a new entry ID that was found in the CompuBench database. Another nugget of information confirms that the card has 64 compute units (with 64 cores per cluster), which should work out to a total of 4096 GCN stream processors.
This is just the latest in a long line of information that has leaked out about Vega-based cards leading up to its official unveil later this month. We’ve seen 3DMark Fire Strike benchmarks of a Radeon RX Vega card clocked at 1.2GHz, with 8GB of HBM2 onboard. In its most potent single-card version, the Radeon RX Vega is expected to be capable of 12.5 TLFOPs FP32 compute performance (25 TFLOPs FP16). We’ve also learned that the initial allotment of cards will be constrained by HBM2 supplies.
AMD’s new Radeon RX Vega graphics card will be competing directly with NVIDIA’s existing family of Pascal-based graphics cards. And if the $399, $499, and $599 price points hold up for the Core, Eclipse, and Nova, AMD’s offerings will compare favorably to the GeForce GTX 10 Series family, which is capped by the $699 GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.
Regardless of what AMD has in store for gamers, NVIDIA doesn’t seem to be rattled by the Vega graphics architecture. When asked about Vega during last week’s earnings call, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang simply replied, “My assessment is that the competitive position is not going to change.”
And we also have to remember that NVIDIA just recently revealed its GV100 core which should power the next generation of “Volta” GeForce GTX enthusiast cards.