AMD RX Vega Siggraph 2017 launch will not be livestreamed

AMD RX Vega Siggraph 2017 launch will not be livestreamed

Probably not the news you’re hoping for if you’re one of the remaining RX Vega optimists, but AMD will not be livestreaming the launch event. This was confirmed by an official Radeon AMD account on Twitter, which added that there will be periodic tweet updates.

The RX Vega launch event is tomorrow (30 July) and, according to this schedule page, will begin at 7.30pm Pacific Time. Ordinarily you’d be able to watch it because AMD tend to stream these things (here’s their 2016 Siggraph event, for example). But not this time.

That feels like an incredibly strange move for a company about to debut a new range of GPUs, but the build-up to the RX Vega launch hasn’t really instilled confidence. Already delayed multiple times, the information available to date (which admittedly is pretty sparse) suggests the upper end of the Vega line will come in competing with the vanilla GTX 1080.

AMD have been coy about their new gaming cards, releasing little, and restricting press events to weird, detail-light, comparisons between two unlabelled systems. The Siggraph show tomorrow should finally provide more concrete details, but the company is not exactly going out of its way to shout about this launch. We’re either about to get the payoff to an astonishing GPU marketing bluff, or RX Vega just isn’t much to write home (or, indeed, livestream) about.

Update: Some slides with specs and pricing details have leaked out.

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    • David Thiel

      It is confusing to me the morning of the launch I don’t understand how with 484mm2 of die burning 300 watts and it’s only on par with your basic Nvidia 1080 at only $499… could AMD be selling the below cost? HBM2 is not cheap ??? Maybe Vega is a 1080Ti killer and they have been sandbagging all the time (bigger die more current state-of -the -art memory 25TFLOPS???) WHATS UP

      • 509dave16

        That has been my hope the whole time is that they have been sandbagging!

        • Rob Smith

          I hope so too but all this sandbagging doesn’t really fill me with confidence. 🙁 It’d sad because of how I really want AMD to succeed here and become a competitor again.

      • Ardelean Adrian Ciprian

        No streaming cuz nobody wants to see another release video with no actual frame rates…. This could be a major bust the way things are looking right now. I doubt this is sandbagging, weak chances from what ive seen I think its just too slow and a but too powerhungry for what it delivers.

    • Rob Smith

      So after all the promises and hype, they’re not going to be livestreaming the event? Meaning only those there will get to see it? Well that’s disappointing. 🙁 Doesn’t really fill me with confidence but maybe they’re just being really secretive since it’s rumored that Nvidia already has an answer for that card that could derail it if they’re too public about it?

      Maybe that’s why? I’m sure they’ll be more than a few articles and YouTube videos about it in the coming weeks about it but still disappointing that AMD are going this route.

      • Jeremy R

        They deserve to be derailed. This VEGA card is 300W tdp for a GTX 1070 performance. That is not good. I do not care how the hell you look at it, that is horrible. I dont care if it costed them using HBM 2.0 because its still new. It was clearly a wrong move that just delayed the vega card even further, They needed to use GDDR5x to be effective and not cost a ton. Leave it to the radeon ground to fuck up another launch

    • jon berg

      Norwegian retailer(advance.no) has listed Sapphire Radeon RX Vega 64 8G LIMITED EDITION at 1100 dollars (about 30% cheaper then what frontier ed sell for here)