AMD is so, so close to launching its new Radeon RX Vega graphics card and now we have an 'official' shot of the consumer RX Vega offering courtesy of a sample received by Kyle at HardOCP.
AMD asked Kyle to compare Radeon RX Vega against the GeForce GTX 1080 and not the GTX 1080 Ti, with Kyle saying: "Just a little tease here as to what is coming this week. RX Vega FreeSync vs. GTX 1080 Ti G-Sync Blind Gaming test video being edited now. All done at my house, with gamers with a couple hundred years of twitch gaming experience. All system UEFI and OS set up by me personally. AMD wanted me to use a 1080".
Kyle continued: "ASUS hand delivered this card to my house on Saturday morning, and took it with them Saturday evening. That all said, this card was an engineering sample but I was specifically told that it was representative of retail product. So basically a "reference" card built outside of mass production".
We can see from this photo that it looks identical to the Radeon RX 480 reference card, which looked great - for a mid-range card in 2015, but it's 2017 and this is the best graphics card AMD is making for gamers. Remember it's only a reference card, with AIB partner cards to look much better, and I'm sure run faster and cooler, too.