Let’s just say if this turns out to be true, it is going to heavily impact the stock of AMD’s Vega graphics cards at launch. We could see Cryptocurrency miners gobble up all available Radeon RX Vega cards once they are available. So let’s talk about it…
The first source comes from OC UK staffer Gibbo who has said in a forum post, “Seems the hash rate on VEGA is 70-100 per card, which is insanely good. Trying to devise some kind of plan so gamers can get them at MSRP without the miners wiping all the stock out within 5 minutes of product going live.”
The fact that a staff member from OC UK is actually looking for was to prevent miners from clearing their stocks of the card makes us believe the “70-100 hash rate” claim is indeed correct. This information was supplied to Gibbo from an AMD AIB partner, who remains unknown currently. This information on the hash rate has been confirmed by WhyCry of VideoCardz, who said in a post that he had come in possession of similar information through his sources, who put the hash rate of RX Vega close to double Frontier Edition’s original hash rate, which was ~30 MH/s Ethereum. This means it could be in the ~60 MH/s range, which is still very close to Gibbo’s claims of “70-100” hash rate. This increase in hash rate was apparently enabled by updated driver features for the RX Vega cards. These were included in the drivers to improve features and gaming performance, which also indirectly resulted in increased mining capabilities.
To add to this recent optimizations to a Monero mining program by a Reddit user have brought the Vega Frontier Edition’s mining hashrates to around 1.16 kH/s, which is 34% faster than a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (around 0.76 kH/s according to Nicehash), and 43% faster than a single Radeon RX 580 8GB. So the $999 Frontier Edition stands at double the mining performance of the GTX 1080 on Monero, and the gaming RX Vega should follow suit, and it will have a price-tag of only $499.
So again expect stock of Radeon RX Vega cards to be extremely limited at launch. We could see these cards going for much, much higher on eBay and Forums as miners will try and snatch them up.