May 12, 2017 05:25 AM EDT
AMD's Radeon RX Vega graphics card lineup will be debut sometime this quarter. If all goes well for AMD, AMD Vega release will once again make it competitive with NVIDIA in the high-end GPU segment just as AMD Ryzen made the company competitive with Intel in the performance CPU market. However new reports claim that AMD Vega will largely be a paper release, and word on the web is that it could be due to supply constraints of second generation high bandwidth memory (HBM2).
According to Telegiz, the first shipment of the AMD Radeon RX Vega series, which is AMD's respond to the NVIDIA flagship graphics cards like the GTX 1080, 1080 Ti and Titan XP, in the first few months of accessibility will be limited to only 16,000 GPU units. If that is the case, then it is going to be a frustrating summer for gamers who have been uncomplainingly waiting for Vega to arrive.
To make matters worse, the scarcity of cards will increase the price. AMD will price Vega competitively with NVIDIA's crop of Pascal cards, but no matter what price points it suggests to retailers, limited supply could see Radeon RX Vega parts command a premium, as reported by Hot Hardware.
Assuming this comes to final result; it will represent the cost of using HBM2. Consider it a double-edged sword. On one hand, HBM2 will be responsible for part of the performance uptick in AMD Radeon RX Vega. And on the other side, the limited supply of HBM2 chips could make Vega less desirable due to limited supply and higher costs.
Right now there is no confirmation on AMD Radeon RX Vega except the fact that it will release in this quarter. Readers are advised to take all this with a grain of salt. And the supply situation aside, AMD Vega looks promising, based on leaked benchmark scores and specs.
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