AMD Radeon RX Vega Needs A Damn Lot Of Power, Says MSI Boss

AMD recently introduced a new addition to its graphics card lineup by rolling out the Radeon RX 500 series. The chip giant launched these new graphics cards at a time when pretty much everybody was eagerly anticipating to meet the much talked about Vega-based cards.

However, that wait will probably last a bit longer than we had previously hoped for. According to new reports, it will take at least a few months more before the mainstream Vega-based cards are ready to hit the store shelves. Probably it will happen by the end of 2017, but odds are also there that the date could be further pushed to Q1 2018. (The Frontier Edition that is targeted at the professionals will hit the market in July.)

Amidst all those speculations, we have come across a new piece of info that clearly shows that AMD is already sharing the details concerning Vega with its partners — MSI included. Of course, there was no official word regarding that from neither of the companies. Instead, the revelation came from MSI’s marketing director who admitted having seen the RX Vega specs while answering to questions at the Tweakers forums [Via].

This is what he said:

RX VEGA power consumption

The text above roughly translates to this:

I’ve seen the specs of Vega RX. It needs a damn lot of power. We’re working on it, which is a start so launch is coming closer 🙂

The formal introduction to Vega is almost 5 weeks away and we hope to see some awesome custom designs at launch. Meanwhile, so far the power consumption is concerned, it’s highly unlikely that the figures will be lower than that of Frontier (which has a board power of 300W with air-cooling and 375W with liquid cooling).

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