It has been over a month since AMD launched Radeon RX Vega but there has not been any sign of custom variants. It was already a long wait to see Vega out in the market and it’s taking longer to see AIB partners introduce custom designs for gamers waiting to pick up one of those. Like the RX 480 and RX 470, RX Vega 64 and 56 uses similar reference design with blower-style air cooler, which is something most enthusiasts don’t prefer to spend their money on.
Hardware.fr was able to reach out to some AIB partners who wished to remain anonymous for their comment. One of those AIB partners has revealed that its still waiting for Vega chips to arrive from AMD and that it’s unlikely for a launch to take place before mid-October.
It’s not surprising that AIB partners are facing difficulty in receiving chips. Thanks to cryptocurrency miners and Vega’s implementation of the expensive High-Bandwidth Memory 2 (HBM2), AMD has been occupied with keeping RX Vega in stock. And due to supply shortages, the standalone RX Vega graphics cards is selling well above its MSRP.
Radeon RX Vega’s marginally better gaming performance and higher power consumption than Nvidia’s competing graphics cards from last year has moved many in favor of siding with the green team – the stock situation is only worsening Vega’s ability to capture mindshare in the gaming community. But if you’re a die-hard AMD fan who is eager to get its hands on a custom RX Vega, you’ll be waiting for a while.
UPDATE: Hardwareluxx.de has also reached out to AIB partners and it’s not looking good for custom RX Vega launch.
- Manufacturer A has custom designs for RX Vega 64 and RX Vega 56 ready but is waiting for AMD to supply the GPU chips.
- Manufacturer B says AMD’s focus on selling reference models first is causing delay of custom variants, due to which the manufacturer does not have any launch date.
- Manufacturer C has no release date or specifications for its custom designs. They are still waiting for AMD to deliver GPU chips and do not expect release before mid-October.
- Manufacturer D is also waiting for GPU delivery from AMD. The manufacturer did not want to speak about its custom variants.