AMD’s Enthusiast Grade Radeon RX Vega Graphics Card Showcased in Teaser Video , Liquid Cooling Design Confirmed

The AMD Radeon RX Vega teaser video has leaked on Chinese sources, giving us a first look at the high-end graphics card. Sections of this teaser video were already pictured a few weeks back but this time, we get to see the full teaser video which confirms that it was not made up by anyone but actually showcased to the press at an event in APAC region (via AMD Reddit).

Since we already got to see most of the details showcased in the video, there’s nothing new except the fact that you can see it complete. The teaser video is not only for the upcoming AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics card but the limited edition models which will be sold by AMD.

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The high-end variant will come with a unique packaging design. This will be a very unique package with several goodies within it. The package will be equipped with LEDs that glow below the “R” logo that represents the “Radeon” brand. This video displays just three lines during it’s length, “It’s Got a Brain, It’s Got a Soul, It’s Almost Human”.

While the video doesn’t has much to say, leaked details from earlier tell us a a lot more about Radeon RX Vega. The specifications of the card, including what the final retail design could look like have been shown in better details so let’s take a small recap.

AMD Radeon RX Vega Limited Edition “Reference” Liquid Cooling Design

So first thing’s first, the AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics card using the full blown Vega 10 GPU and up to 8 GB HBM2 VRAM will feature an AIO liquid cooler. Just like the Fury X, the card will benefit from a heatsink that utilizes liquid cooling for better thermal performance. The card will feature a unique silver and red color scheme with a GPU tachometer that displays the load on the card. There are also small switches on the cut out located at the backplate. These switches can be configured manually to change color of the tachometer which is set to red by default.

 

Also worth noting is that the side of the shroud features a full “Radeon” logo and a smaller “R” logo that is slightly towards the back side. Both of these logos are backlit by LED lighting. The card will come in a dual slot design and will feature a range of display connectors to power up. The cooler shroud extends the full length of the PCB which is same as Fury X. The card is powered by what seems to be a 8 + 6 pin connector configuration which is what we saw on the engineering boards from AMD’s CES 2017 event.

Also wanted to make a thing clear, AMD will also offer Radeon RX Vega graphics cards in custom variants through their several AIB partners so we can expect air cooled variants too. The model being teased with in the video is a reference and limited edition packaging which looks surprisingly good.

AMD Radeon RX Vega Teaser Video Presentation Gallery (Via Videocardz)

AMD Radeon RX Vega 10 Graphics Card Specifications – The 64 NCU and 8 GB HBM2 Behometh

AMD’s high-end Vega 10 GPU will be available to consumers in the first half of 2017. The chip spans a die size of over 500mm2 from early calculations and features two HBM2 stacks, incorporating up to 8 GB of HBM2. The consumer variant which was demonstrated using DOOM and Star Wars: Battlefront featured 8 GB of HBM2 VRAM but AMD has said that they will allow partners to ship the card with various memory configurations. This would allow AIBs to have the options to change memory die stacks and total number of stacks on the Vega GPU. The specific device ID for the consumer variant is 687F:C1.

The graphics chip will be utilizing the latest 14nm GFX9 core architecture which is based on the NCU (Next Compute Engine) design. The graphics card will feature 64 Compute Units or 4096 stream processors. AMD plans on increasing the throughput of the chip through increased clock speeds. This will allow AMD to pump numbers better than the Fiji GPU which is based on the 28nm GCN 3.0 architecture and comes with the same number of cores, 4096 SPs.

AMD Vega 10 & Vega 11 GPUs

Graphics Card Radeon R9 Fury X Radeon RX 480 Radeon RX 580 Radeon RX Vega Series Radeon RX Vega Series
GPU Fiji XT Polaris 10 Polaris 20 Vega 11 Vega 10
Process Node 28nm 14nm 14nm 14nm 14nm
Stream Processors 4096 2304 2304 TBA 4096
Performance 8.6 TFLOPS
8.6 (FP16) TFLOPS
5.8 TFLOPS
5.8 (FP16) TFLOPS
6.1 TFLOPs
6.1 (FP16) TFLOPs
TBA 12.5 TFLOLPS
25 (FP16) TFLOPS
Memory 4GB HBM 8GB GDDR5 8GB GDDR5 TBA 8GB HBM2
Memory Bus 4096-bit 256-bit 256-bit TBA 2048-bit
Bandwidth 512GB/s 256GB/S 256GB/S TBA 512GB/s
TDP 275W 150W 150W TBA <250W
Launch 2015 2016 2017 2017 2017

There’s a lot more that we can expect to learn about Vega before it launches in a few months. The card is currently expected to launch in May of 2017 which is before 2H of 2017 and aligns with AMD’s plans. How ever, if those have changed with the recent NVIDIA GeForce 10 series launches, we can see it move ahead or back.