People have been waiting for AMD to announce what their future of graphics cards looks like. And while people were hoping for more detail about AMD’s Vega line of GPUs to be unveiled at Computex, the manufacturer just announced that everyone will have to wait until the end of July instead.
At the tail end of their Computex conference, AMD CEO Dr Lisa Su revealed that the company would be officially launching their Vega GPUs at the SIGGRAPH graphics conference. Which starts July 30, or July 31 Australian time.
It means Vega has missed the window for launching in the second quarter, which is a bit of annoyance for PC users who were hoping for an upgrade before the end of the financial year. It does mean there is a little more clear air for the RX 500 series of cards that just launched, although given that Vega was what gamers were looking forward to from AMD, that’s not much consolation.
AMD did show off a little treat, however, with a live demo of Prey running on an AMD Threadripper CPU and two Vega GPUs in CrossFire. The game was supposedly running at 4K on Ultra settings, but there were no metrics displayed during the demo and no settings shown off beforehand. You could notice some tearing as well, meaning that V-Sync was disabled.
It does at least confirm our suspicions from earlier in the month, when AMD unveiled the Radeon Vega Frontier GPU for workstations. That’s still launching before the turn of the financial year, which is handy for studios and users that require that sort of hardware.
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So no word on price, no specifications, no benchmarks and no confirmation of an official retail release. Bit underwhelming, really, although if Vega shapes up when it’s officially unveiled then all will be forgiven.