AMD has pumped up the hype as high as the skies with their lineup of GPUs. With fans waiting for almost around a year for any VEGA news to come by, AMD finally announced that the Vega GPUs are coming in August, namely, the VEGA 56 and 64. Fans all over the world rejoiced once the release dates were confirmed and according to early benchmarks, these cards from AMD have been performing better than Nvidia’s GTX 1070 and 1080 in certain titles under the same price segment.
Before VEGA 56 and 64 launched, there were rumors flooding all over the internet claiming that the Vega GPUs that AMD is launching are going to be excellent for mining. Mining issues have been here since 2017 where Gaming GPUs have hit the roof when it comes to their price tags. AMD’s RX 480s and RX 580s have been asking for huge bucks since mining went viral. Despite all the wait, finding out VEGA’s shortage really crushes me personally as I am one of those who have been waiting for VEGA for quite a while now. The HBM and supply shortage of these GPUs have caused a massacre to the shipment times according to a recent tweet where a writer from PCPer reported that there are only a few hundred of these cards in North America. He said:
“I was told by external contact that North America had ‘a few hundred’ RX Vega 56 cards available today. Hard to believe AMD would do that.”
AMD’s promised price tags also been taking a sway since then with the RX Vega 64 going for as high as $675, and that’s just the cost that the retailer paid for it. Imagine selling it further. Another reddit post also showed off what seems to be a shortage issue as well where the customer was told that his GPU would be shipped by the 11th of October after paying for it which is really horrendous. The reddit user wrote:
“I was chatting with someone from Amazon and I was just curious when / if the card would ship since I’m going on vacation soon. I got an estimated delivery date of Oct 11th”
Personally seeing this whole situation, I think I would just get a GTX 1070 as these issues would take a while before Vega even makes it to the masses the way it should have been, especially after I saw the prices that the RX Vega 56 has been selling for in Malaysia. Just to mention it, the RX Vega 56 is selling for MYR 3100 (US $726) and is only available online at the moment as far as I have done my research.
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