AMD shows off Radeon RX Vega with a mysterious 'Holocube'

Setting the stage.

Popular tech YouTuber Linus Sebastian of Linus Tech Tips is infamous for dropping pricey PC hardware, but at the channel’s LTX2017 event in Canada on Saturday, he dropped an exclusive first look at AMD’s hotly anticipated Radeon RX Vega ahead of the graphics card’s promised launch at Siggraph this weekend.

Even more interesting: The card revealed comes with a mysterious “Holocube,” as the Radeon Twitter account called it. It’s the nifty-looking red and black box below.

radeon rx vega AMD

Radeon RX Vega with AMD's Holocube. (Click to enlarge.)

We have no idea which version of Radeon RX Vega this is, but the sleek silver card uses a blower-style air cooler similar to what you’d find on virtually all reference cards (or the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition.) 

Another post by the Radeon Twitter account shows RX Vega running inside an Alienware Area-51 system with AMD’s Threadripper processor. (Area-51 Threadripper PCs start at $2,999 on Dell's website.) That glimpse reveals that RX Vega uses a pair of 8-pin power connectors and includes the fancy “GPU tachometer” LED lighting feature (also found in the Radeon Fury X and Vega Frontier Edition) to show you how hard you’re pushing the GPU at a glance.

radeon rx vega threadripper AMD

Click to enlarge this Radeon RX Vega image - it's easier to see the power connectors if you do.

AMD hasn’t formally revealed many detailed hardware specs for these consumer gaming cards aside from the high-level Vega architecture preview at CES earlier this year. But with the expensive “prosumer”-focused Frontier Edition already available ($999 on Newegg), PC gamers can already puzzle out a lot of what’s inside Radeon RX Vega—though I’m almost as interested in that Holocube now, personally.

We won’t need to wait long for official confirmation though. AMD CEO Lisa Su promised Radeon RX Vega will launch at the Siggraph 2017 event, and that starts tomorrow. Stay tuned.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags AMD

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Brad Chacos

Brad Chacos

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?