The Postman Delivers Vega
It’s time once again for another tease ahead of a launch. This time we’re looking at AMD’s next-generation GPU, Vega 64. It will be available Monday, August 14, alongside Vega 56. We are furiously working on our launch-day review. Meanwhile, AMD’s new Vega 64 didn’t arrive in pedestrian retail packaging, but instead in a beautifully made media sample. Our little postman seems thrilled to have delivered it to us.
What’s In A Box?
What lurks within? Only our little friend knows. But beware of the big flap on the right side, little buddy!
The Box Within The Box
In the self-opening part of the packaging, we find a box with three interesting gifts and merchandising gizmos. Curiously, AMD left out the crypto-currency mining wallet. Our postman is still looking for it.
Is This The Famous Vega Cube?
Alas, this is not the Vega Cube, aka “Koduri Cube.” But this cube almost fell out of the box and onto our feet. It’s actually a hologram of the Radeon logo, another tchotchke to add to our collection.
The Chip Emerges
In addition to the obligatory rubber wristband, we found an extra chip. This is not the chip that we’ll be reviewing, but instead an older version without the moulding.
Size Is Everything
Our postman is knocked over by the size of this chip, but at least we get to a sense of its physical presence.
Everything At A Glance
Enough with all of the extras. It’s the card we want to see, isn’t it? Well. It’s hidden in a second inner box. Here's everything together, again, for a final look at the packaging.
The Black Beauty: A Racehorse Or A Workhorse?
Two 8-pin plugs on the top bear witness to a healthy appetite. But we mustn't spoil anything yet.
Visually, RX Vega resembles the the Radeon RX 480 reference design, but the RX Vega is significantly longer (26.8 cm).
A Beautiful Back
A fine-looking backplate can make the card more attractive. Unfortunately, the backplate does not actively cool. So it goes.
The Fat End
This fat card is 10.5 cm high and 3.8 cm deep.
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No Vega 56?Reply
I highly doubt the postman was thrilled about a plain box items usually get shipped in. Having labels or text on the box other than address is forbidden at post office. They simply would tell you to get an unmarked box for shipping purposes. Generally it is unwise to advertise contents of a package especially if its Tech. Those packages tend to disappear without getting to their destination.Reply
I really hope this unboxing the boxes, unboxing the product, putting the product on a motherboard, showing the fans spin and RGB lighting turn on, etc. all with different embargo dates before the actual review all in separate coverage stories thing isn't going to become the norm. The intent is clearly to generate hype but the net effect for me feels more like stall burn-out - by the time the actual review comes out, I'm tired of hearing about it from redundant and only marginally relevant coverage.Reply
Fata Morgana? I got no card in Germany. No chance. They simply forgot the rest of the world, also this unboxing NDA. I had to ask at Friday afternoon - and only after my question the EMEA PR was in heavier rotation. Too late for many media.20053518 said:No Vega 56?
Yeah I only see one other major tech website with an "unboxing" preview out there (Tweaktown). Nothing from Anandtech and nothing from Guru3D.Reply
EDIT: Guru3D just put it up. According to the hint there, looks like Monday is get out of NDA jail day for everyone being allowed to publish their full reviews!
Vega's easter egg is in the game DooM . they probably are trying to tell you how the games are for developing new hardware ..Reply
"A Racehorse Or A Workhorse?" Neither, it's whats left over AFTER the horse...Reply
Bring on tomorrow, hopefully it's at least on par with the 1080.Reply
and I'm still waiting with my 560Ti 1gb , should have jumped on the gtx1060 train a year ago, but no, I am still waiting and waiting and waiting ..,,Reply
That 2x8 pin is an eerie sight to behold already...Reply