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AMD claims good RX Vega 56 supply

by on29 August 2017

Market proves otherwise

AMD gave us a surprise call to confirm that the Radeon RX Vega 56 has launched and the company is working to fix the supply issues. It is already shipping and working hard to supply more Vega 56 and 64 cards. The demand has been overwhelming.

Fudzilla reported that AMD Add in board partners took advantage of the demand and the card shortages and jacked up the SEP (Suggested Etail Price) well north of $499. The price for the air-cooled card available today is $849. It is much cheaper if you go for an out of stock card with no real shipping date. Originally the Etailers and AIB partners were selling the Vega 64 cards for $599 and up, some $100 higher than the SEP.

The Vega cards were selling so well the market wanted to make some extra bucks. The high-end card sales have been so good for the sales managers, that these guys became superstars overnight. Of course, it is all due to astronomical demand for cards suitable for mining added to the standard gaming cards demand.

Radeon Vega 56 launched yesterday at $399 and Newegg had the cards listed for this SEP, but not available. They're all sold out. Gigabyte, Sapphire and Power Color were offering these cards for $499 too. This price would get you the Radeon Vega 56 with an addition of the AMD Gift with Purchase,  Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and PREY games.

Radeon RX Vega 56 with these two games is hardly a good deal, as you end up paying about the same as Radeon RX Vega 56 and these two games separately. The bundle is supposed to get you a sweet deal, not limit the possibility of choice.

Both $399 and $499 Radeon RX Vega 56 versions are sold out and the only Vega 64 card we could find in stock at Newegg was selling for $849. Radeon packs seems to be available and the cheapest deal that will get you a Vega 64 is to get it with the Samsung C34F791 34" Silver Curved FreeSync Gaming Monitor 3440 x 1440 monitor. The card and the monitor will set you back $1,455.86.

There is only a hope that the supply will recover soon, but AMD is determined to assure us that this will be the case.  We will be following this closely with hope for the end users willing to buy Vega 64/56 that the shortages and the unnatural price increases will be short lived.

Last modified on 29 August 2017
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