A rumor about the cryptocurrency mining performance of the Radeon RX Vega 64 is setting the web on fire. Gibbo from OCUK heard from a source at an add-in board maker that Vega has an Ethereum hash rate in the 70-100MH/s range.
Basically, that's triple to quadruple as high as the hash rate of the most commonly used mining cards. If this is true, it spells bad news for gamers as it means Vega will by bought in huge quantities by cryptocurrency miners. The rumor seems a bit hard to believe though, considering the Vega Frontier Edition delivers a hash rate in the 30-35MH/s range.
But besides OCUK's Gibbo, VideoCardz also independently verified the news so there could be some truth to this:
AMD has allegedly just informed their partners that RX Vega 64 will achieve very high hash rate in Ethreum mining.
This information comes from a good source of mine, but for now, take it with a grain of salt. Apparently, new features were enabled on the latest RX Vega driver, which have also (indirectly) increased mining performance of Vega.
I’m not a fan of sharing numbers I can’t verify, but we are looking at at least doubled Vega Frontier mining performance (which has a hash rate of ~30 MH/s).
AMD is trying to reduce demand from gamers via the package deals, but if the RX Vega 64 indeed delivers a hash rate in excess of 70MH/s the $100 premium on the packs will not be enough to ensure gamers can get their hands on Vega.