We had already reported extensively on the problem of custom designs for the Radeon RX Vega and also researched why. This, of course, included the confusion surrounding the various packages used in these cards. But now there is some news that we would like to add.
While MSI expressed itself very undifferentiated with the comment "We won't be making a custom card anytime soon" last week, we are looking forward to next week when two representatives from the MSI headquarters visit us in the German test laboratory (including the responsible radiator engineer from the R&D) to look at new hardware and test it in advance with our equipment under our conditions and requirements. Will a Vega-Custom-Design from MSI still show up? We are curious and, if we are allowed, we will also report on it.
Another puzzle stone comes from Gigabyte. While the officials have probably finally abandoned the idea of an Aorus card (the high-end rail of gigabytes) and the Radeon RX Vega64 is also completely waved off, there seems to be at least hope in the form of an RX Vega56 Gaming G1. However, it is unclear how high the actual quantities will be, as the manufacturer is also not currently in a position to start mass production immediately.
Symbol image of the Gaming G1 design (Here a GeForce GTX 1080)
Asked about the reasons, they were accustomed to being narrow-lipped, but let it be clear that one sees problems with the availability of the packages above all and fears an overly high, possible RMA quota. No one wanted to answer us whether they are tied to the complex production, the fragile packages or the possible damage caused by a mining operation or the sum of everything.
At the moment, however, both manufacturers are focusing on the upcoming GeForce GTX 1070 Ti, whose technical details and first real performance tests we know by now, but are not yet allowed to publish for reasons of the usual NDAs. However, we can already spoil the fact that it will be a fairly successful point landing, although one might assume that the current circumcision has only been adjusted to the increased yield rate, as it makes no sense to disable more than it technically does in the mass would be really needed.
But what happens with the GeForce GTX 1070 remains to be seen. After all, with the very bad chips that have accumulated over a year, you could still bring out a kind of GeForce GTX 1060 Ti, which could then fill the big gap down again.