The very first image of AMD’s upcoming Radeon RX Vega has popped up on the web. The blurred image shows a Radeon graphics card featuring a white backplate with the red Vega logo on it.
There is another photo which shows the graphics card from the side. Apparently, both photos are taken from a video being played on a notebook, which has been photographed.
Radeon RX Vega Reference design Pictured
The images of the Radeon RX Vega leaked out on the Chiphell forum. According to the thread creator, the new Vega card was spotted at AMD’s Technology Summit where the company unveiled its Ryzen 5 CPU.
We already know the illuminated Radeon logo from other models, but the white backplate would be a novelty. If the leaked picture is authentic, AMD’s next-gen graphics card lineup will be called the Radeon RX Vega and feature a black and white design.
The Radeon RX Vega made its first public appearance last month at the Ryzen Tech Day although it was an engineering sample. The card was sporting the typical black design, with the USB 3.0 host connector still in place, clearing pointing to the pre-production status.
AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics cards: What we know so far
AMD Vega architecture will be utilize the latest 14nm process technology. The GPUs will be offered in two variants, the Vega 10 and Vega 11.
The Vega 10 GPU will be the bigger of the two. Early calculations reveal it will span a die size of over 500mm2, featuring two HBM2 stacks, with up to 16 GB of memory. Based on the Next Compute Engine (NCU) design, the Vega graphics card will sport 64 Compute Engines, or 4096 stream processors.
In terms of performance, Vega 10 GPU is set to take on Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1080 as well as the newly-released GTX 1080 Ti. We’ve already seen the GPU in action, beating the GTX 1080 by 10% whilst running on ordinary 300 series Fury drivers.
There’s not much we know about the smaller Vega 11 chip, except that it will effectively replace the current Polaris 10 and deliver GTX 1070 levels of performance.
AMD’s high-end Vega 10 based graphics cards will be available to consumers in the second quarter of 2017.