AMD’s Chris Hook offered a candid answer as to why Vega did not stop sooner, in an interview with HardOCP. It is because AMD wanted to make sure there was adequate supply to meet demand. Specifically, the digital coins miners creating a general shortage in the graphics card space.
Regarding Vega launch- Hook explained
“Part of the reason it’s taken us a little longer to launch Vega—and I’ll be honest about that—is that we wanted to make sure we were launching with good volume…. Obviously we’ve got to compensate for things like coin miners, they’re going to want to get their hands on these,”
AMD has accredited cryptocurrency craze for the second time in the same month. Formerly, Dr. Lisa, AMD’s boss distinguished through an earnings call “elevated demand” for graphics cards due to digital mining.
Dr. SU said, “We’re not looking at it as a long-term growth driver. But we’ll undeniably endure to watch the developments around the blockchain technologies as they forward”.
Therefore, it is not known how soon Vega might have launched that the recent rise in mining Ethereum. Bitcoin is mined best with GPUs other than ASIC hardware. However, a knock against Vega, it all that early performance shows it competing with Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1080 i.e., not so much with the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and also a year old. The new Radeon RX Vega cards are according to a case that something we will look at when we review.
Cook says AMD self-assured that its initiation with adequate volume for gamers to get their hands on a card.