Rumour has it that MSI and Gigabyte aren’t going to release a custom AMD RX Vega 64 graphics card anytime soon. This rumour came from folks at Tom’s Hardware who apparently obtained the information from unnamed Gigabyte and MSI representatives. That said, both Taiwanese manufacturers doesn’t rule out the possibility of releasing a custom RX Vega 56 graphics soon.
The reasoning behind this has probably got to do with the fact that AMD’s Vega GPUs come with varying finish quality. We recently wrote an article explaining this “issue”, read more on it here. That aside, this rumour may likely hamper AMD’s plans to gain more market share in the high-end graphics market – Gigabyte is a massive graphics card manufacturer after all.
So far, the only company that has showcased its custom RX Vega 64 graphics card is Asus (Strix Vega 64). Despite this, folks who have gotten their hands on the aforementioned graphics card mentioned that it only comes with minimal improvements compared to the reference Radeon RX Vega 64 card.
To make matters even more worrying, it seems that MSI is also not planning to release a custom RX Vega 64 graphics card. A MSI representative told Tom’s Hardware that it “won’t be making a custom card anytime soon.” Both MSI and Gigabyte may instead look towards creating custom graphics cards based on Nvidia’s upcoming GTX 1070 Ti, which is expected to be unveiled sometime in late October.
Either way, AMD fans and gamers should still expect AMD’s exclusive partners like XFX and Sapphire to release their custom RX Vega 64 graphics cards this year. Folks waiting for custom cards from Gigabyte and MSI may have to wait a bit longer – or simply look elsewhere.