A recent discovery was made by folks at Tweakers.net regarding a potential problem with AMD’s Radeon Vega 10 GPU. According to the tech site, Vega 10 GPUs are found to ship in different height and finish quality. This differentiation may not necessarily impact performance per se, but it may cause difficulties for AMD’s AIB partners when trying to design a cooling system for the GPU.
The cause of this issue may be due to the fact that AMD is probably manufacturing Vega 10 GPUs at two different locations. That aside, when it comes to the GPU dies, one can clearly see (from the image below) that the Vega 10 GPU on the left features a “smooth” surface with black outlines that go around the HBM2 controllers and GPU; the GPU on the right comes with no black outlines and a GPU that’s positioned slightly higher.
Of course, these differences won’t be noticeable at all when thermal compound is applied onto the Vega 10 GPU. Again, as mentioned before, it remains to be seen how third party graphics cards manufacturers will come up with a cooling solution to cater for different build variations of AMD’s Vega 10 GPU – this could probably be the reason why there are little to no announcements of custom RX Vega 64 graphics cards yet.
(Featured image: ComputerBase)