If you’re thinking of grabbing a Radeon RX Vega graphics card when they launch within the next six weeks, you’d best move swiftly. According to a report from TweakTown, there will be less than a paltry 16,000 Radeon RX Vega graphics cards available worldwide just the first few months on sale.
While graphics card manufacturers are notoriously shy about discussing exact sales figures for their video cards, 16,000 seems like an absurdly small number. There are currently an estimated 125 million active Steam accounts. At 16,000 RX Vega graphics cards, that’s enough to supply just 0.012% of the active Steam player base. There are currently an estimated 3.39% of Steam users currently using a GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card, one of the Radeon RX Vega’s chief competitors. Should AMD sell through its entire stock of Radeon RX Vega graphics cards, there will still be 285x as many GTX 1070 owners and 138x as many GTX 1080 owners, according to the Steam hardware survey.
TweakTown claims the stock shortage is due to the limited supplies of second generation HBM2. Each Radeon RX Vega will have 8GB HBM2 memory, but its scarcity means driving up the costs of AMD’s card.
Should this be true, AMD is really backing itself into a corner with the Radeon RX Vega launch. It needs to arrive with a bang, and the extremely limited stock isn’t going to help matters. Faced with the prospect of waiting months for a potential restock, and fighting to get orders in when are available, prices are going creep up and leave folks who want a high-end graphics with little choice but to go the Green route. For AMD’s sake, we hope this limited availability only pertains to a single SKU of Vega, with multiple presumably available at launch.
Should Radeon RX Vega be in extremely limited supply are launch, are you prepared to wait for months for stock to creep in? Or does this encourage you to look elsewhere for your top-end graphics fix? Let us know!