It's likely that we'll (relatively) soon start to see custom models of AMD's latest high-end graphics cards based on the Vega micro-architecture. The launch and availability
of AMD's latest poster child has been target of continued debate and rumors of problems, ranging from low GPU yields, to low packaging yields
, and manufacturing discrepancies making AMD's AIB partners' job in creating and delivering fully custom models ever more difficult. However, the end for market absence of true custom models may be nigh, since the guys over at HWBattle have managed to snag themselves a sample of Sapphire's RX Vega 64 Nitro, and the card really is a sight to behold.
The Sapphire Vega 64 Nitro features a tri-fan configuration, as has been usual for most top-end models for both AMD and NVIDIA. The Nitro's fans are arranged in a 2x 95 mm (at the edges), 1x 84 mm (middle) pattern, with some added lighting effects (unclear if RGB) added on the shroud surrounding the edge fans (there's also some lighting on the Nitro symbol in the cards' backplate as well). Vega isn't a tame monster to feed, though, as we've seen in our own reviews of the card: this particular rendition of AMD's Vega 64 requires the usage of 3x 8-pin power connectors, and the cooling solution has been beefed-up as a result, occupying three whole slots inside your system. The I/O slot only occupies two slots, though, with the topmost one featuring an even split on 2x DisplayPort and 2x HDMI outputs, while the remainder slot is used to channel some of the produced heat to the exterior of your case.
Clockspeeds for the sample were reference AMD, but this isn't a final product. This means it's still up for changes in the cooling and power delivery designs, and clockspeeds are nowhere near finalized. It may take a little while longer still until we see these custom solutions from AMD's AIB partners, but we've waited this long, haven't we? In the meantime, you can put some extra minutes watching this YouTube video posted by HWBattle that shows this graphics card in operation: