AMD Radeon Vega GPUs Remain Out Of Stock In Most Countries Due To Overwhelming Demand

Written by Shaheryar Ehsan-i-Haque on Sat, Aug 26, 2017 2:00 PM

Stocks of AMD's Vega GPUs are running dryer than Trump's local toupée shop and AMD's having trouble trying to keep its vendors restocked. Sources report the shortages could last until October due to low packaging yield rates caused by AMD's decision to integrate HBM (High Bandwidth Memory) into this series.

AMD is closely working with its partners to address the issue and new supplies will reach vendors within the coming weeks. Despite this, many countries still haven't received a single unit of the Radeon RX Vega series and wherever the cards are available, the prices are sky rocketing. This situation is bound to last until the cards are restocked and a stable supply chain is established.

We also reported earlier that Nvidia is in no particular hurry to speed up its production of Volta GPUs. The next series will most likely arrive at the start of next year since Nvidia doesn't consider Vega a particular threat to their current Pascal based GPUs.

Other than customers buying Vega for gaming purposes, the shortage has been increased due to more and more users utilizing their PCs for crypto currency mining. AMD has also released a dedicated driver for this purpose.

RX Vega 64 and 56 both go toe to toe with GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 respectively, whereas the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti continues to dominate the competition in terms of raw performance. Have you ordered the Vega flagships? If so, how was your experience in gaming? Let us know in the comments.

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00:59 Sep-01-2017

Most of my friends will buy AMD Vega instead of Nvidia. I think nvidia is as good as AMD.

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09:24 Aug-28-2017

but why?


i mean Nvidia offers gtx1080 with less power and better performance

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01:00 Sep-01-2017

HBM2? :P. I will probably wait for Volta.

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10:31 Aug-27-2017

Kinda surprises me how well it sells when I find it one of the worse AMD GPU's ever made. High power consumption and better alternatives from NVIDIA for less money. Even in titles as Doom Vega 64 is on par with the GTX 1080.

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14:33 Aug-27-2017

Mining perhaps? These lack games optimized for them and have better floating point performance than NVidia counterparts.

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06:36 Aug-28-2017

Nope. When mining power consumption is important too.

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14:34 Aug-27-2017

I dont think it's the worst AMD gpu ever made imo worst would mean it has negligible increase over previous generation which that is false.

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09:14 Aug-28-2017

Its only high power consumption if you don't know what youre doing. Undervolted and the memory overclocked miners are getting some sick hash rates on em while consuming the same as a 1070/1080. Problem is tuning each card with a different vbios, and i think thats why AMD has locked it.

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17:01 Aug-26-2017

I ordered one on release day and received it 2 days ago. My fs went up by 50% compared to my r9 390 (id add it to my bench on here but they're not up on the site yet), card runs at 84-85°C with the ambient being 28°C here still (its going on water soon anyways though). The card is absolute beast, can run Wildlands pretty much maxed out where before it was med and getting around 60fps or so (now it averages around 68 in the benchmark).

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19:19 Aug-26-2017

Wow, you got one? Lucky you, congrats on the upgrade!

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19:43 Aug-26-2017

Wasn't as hard as people say it is, i just ordered it day of from my regular retailer and got it for 508€ (they had and still have, a coupon code for Vega 64 air) not sure if it still works but in Wildlands i get 68fps average and thats on tweaked maxed out, my 390 would do 50-60fps on med and sometimes drop to 20 lol (game is still badly optimized). My firestrike scores are also dead on with a 1080, i haven't OCed and undervolted yet so should be even better. Thanks.

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19:45 Aug-26-2017

My other games its just a total joke how high its gone haha, Siege reaches like 180fps maxed out where before med settings it was like 120-130. Rise of the Tomb Raider is demanding but that still crushes and again maxed out. I play in ultrawide freesync but its insane how powerful this card is.

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23:18 Aug-26-2017

a Vega 64 for 508 euros on launch is just insanely good. You could even go 1440p ultrawide with that GPU. Enjoy.

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02:28 Aug-27-2017

Yea, thats why i jumped on it lol. I was like huh what? Yes please. Now i just need to toss another 108€ for a waterblock but that's part of the game. May even take everything apart and clean it up would be the perfect time to do so.

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10:45 Aug-27-2017

Happy to hear your VEGA gpu is going strong. :)

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11:06 Aug-27-2017

It is a VERY powerful card, I can't wait to have it under water and under volted should be ridiculous. May even have the same power consumption as my r9 390 with fps capped.

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21:04 Aug-27-2017

Do you under volt them to increase their lifespan?

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09:12 Aug-28-2017

To reduce power consumption. It seems like they are extremely overvolted from the factory (not sure why but who really cares haha). You can do the same to CPUs as well, its just that every single gpu and cpu has different yields they tend to use a voltage that will work for every single one.

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08:35 Aug-31-2017

Understood, thx for the explanation.

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15:53 Aug-26-2017

Personally, I suspect they'd be out of stock regardless of the crypto mining craze. It's not like anyone NEEDS a Vega card for mining anyways. You can get nearly the same mining performance from Nvidia cards which cost less at the moment and use significantly less power than Vega. Why would miners be rushing to buy LESS efficient and MORE expensive cards? Makes no sense. This, of course, would assume miners have a clue of what they're actually doing...

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16:59 Aug-26-2017

Actually Vega undervolted with the HBM overclocked is killing in mining, while using the same power as a 1080. Some people are reporting upwards of 40mh/s and most people are getting 38 or so in power saving mode. Me, i jumped on it cuz it was a HELL of a deal at 508€ when the cheapest 1080 in France is minimum 580€ for a cheap Inno card (MSIs go for around 650€ or so), so kinda glad i did. My back up card is an r9 390 which i could probably sell and bank on still.

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15:09 Aug-26-2017

This is why Nvidia has nothing to worry about, because gamers can never get their hands on AMD cards thanks to miners. Saving up and going green next.

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17:03 Aug-26-2017

I got one just fine here in France, my retailer is out of stock though with some taking a couple weeks to get back in stock (supposedly) but another retailer has the 64 and 64LC in stock just fine right now. I don't think theres too many miners/gamers in France compared to other countries though, hell, most cities still only have access to ADSL lol (changing now though, i get fiber in oct)

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13:23 Aug-27-2017

I live in the States and can't get one at retail value if my life depended on it.

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14:07 Aug-27-2017

They're out of stock here at some retailers but still the same price as release day, 619€. I got mine for dirt cheap and im happy with it, ordered my ekwb gpu block just this morning.

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