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For now, no board partner cards of AMD's Radeon Vega VII in sight – AMD sells the reference card exclusively

No information is also information and that is why I tried to find out more about possible board partner designs of AMD's Radeon Vega VII from three board partners (one of them AMD-exclusive). To sum it up briefly and to put it in the words of a good Taiwanese acquaintance, "You can't leak anything that doesn't exist."

No information is also information and that is why I tried to find out more about possible board partner designs of AMD's Radeon Vega VII from three board partners (one of them AMD-exclusive). To sum it up briefly and to put it in the words of a good Taiwanese acquaintance, "You can't leak anything that doesn't exist."

After Dr. Lisa Su's AMD presentation to CES, it was already clear to me that the launch was initially AMD-exclusive, because in the end the Vega VII, as it was shown, is nothing different from an AMD Radeon Instinct MI50 with video outputs and therefore nothing for mass market.

This is also matched by the statement of another Chinese colleague with "… AmD … the quantity of Radeon VII is strictly limited … not sure if AMD will open AIB to have an own design later."

None of the respondents indicated that any form of their own design was planned ("No schedule for nothing"). And it also remained unclear whether AMD would at least allow the AiB to at least add its own sticker to the "reference cards" supplied by AMD's ODM and pack them into their own cartons, as was the case at the time. Fury X.

But if AMD has learned one thing, it's how you can't let a hype train go in the first place. In the end, I see the Radeon Vega VII more like the then AMD-exclusive Frontier Edition of the Radeon RX Vega. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, on the contrary. Better than a hot-running PR machine with an ice-cold end for disappointed customers.

There are no exact announcements for power consumption except for the 300 watts, as they are also in the data sheet with the Radeon Instinct MI50. But if you look at the rear power supply of the Radeon Instinct MI50 with the 6- and 8-pin connectors, the real power consumption could even be a tick lower with a bit of luck, depending on the final clock, which with the MI50 yes at 1746 MHz (peak Engine Clock).

So it remains exciting for the time being and, depending on the information situation, I will certainly be able to supplement one or the other. However, one thing is considered secure: a Radeon Vega VII in the board partner design will probably (for the time being) remain a pipe dream. Too bad actually.

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