AMD Radeon CEO Raja Koduri has confirmed the live Computex Radeon RX Vega event will be a soft launch only for its next enthusiast tier graphics cards. Earlier this week we saw the unveiling of the Radeon Vega Frontier Editions, the first such Radeon Vega graphics cards. These particular chips are aimed at the professional market rather than for gaming, and as such are going to be attached to a sky-high price tag.
Gamers are going to have to wait a little longer to get their hands on the gaming Vega RX GPUs, with Koduri yesterday urging patience for waiting fans.
Now Koduri has taken to a Reddit AMA to finally put to rest a few questions, including the reason for the delay. Unsurprisingly it comes down the use of second generation HBM2, a fledgeling technology which is only available in very limited supplies at this stage.
“We’ll be showing Radeon RX Vega off at Computex, but it won't be on store shelves that week,” explained Koduri. “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.”
This is official confirmation that Radeon RX Vega will not be available in Q2 2017. From the sounds of things, we may not have an overly long wait, however. What’s really promising to hear is Koduri slamming the competition’s expensive high-end graphics cards, suggesting AMD could be planning seriously undercut its rivals. If we can get a 1080 Ti beater for $500, this puts AMD right back in the driving seat.