The AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics card is (sort of) officially available in Singapore! (Updated)
The AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics card is officially available in Singapore!
Note: First published on 16th August, we've since updated the state of Newegg Singapore's stock of the Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics cards and their prices.
After the recent unveil of AMD's much awaited Vega graphics cards for gamers and enthusiasts, all that was left was actual retail availability and that time is now.
First to the market is the Radeon RX Vega 64, which is available in three variants. While it's not quite certain if the limited air-cooled edition with its metal body construction would surface soon, the other two variants are available for purchase in the local market now:-
- A regular air-cooled model with a black shroud - S$999
- A liquid-cooled model with a silver shroud - S$1,149
To be specific, these are the prices offered by local PC DIY enthusiast shop, PC Themes, in Sim Lim Square for the Sapphire branded Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics cards, which are also eligible for special bundle programme that AMD is pursuing. Without any other relevant participating product bundling, the graphics cards alone are eligible for 2 free games (Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and Prey). For bundle promotions, this FB post from PC Themes covers it:-
Now before you rub your hands in glee, know that the official launch price dictated by AMD in the US market for the air-cooled Radeon RX Vega 64 is US$499. How does that get translated to S$999? That's a very much larger price hike than expected, even after currency conversion and adding overheads associated with the expensive costs of running a business in Singapore. Apparently, the higher prices are more of a norm now than the exception - even in the USA. It could also be due to limited availability and retail points; in Singapore, PC Themes is the only retail vendor to stock Radeon RX Vega graphics cards (at least at the point of writing).
Does the S$999 only apply to Sapphire's Radeon RX Vega 64? No, it's the baseline for every other brand too it seems:-
Would prices come down later when more supply hits the channels? It's hard to say, especially in the local context where prices seldom ever get adjusted down. If you're not in a hurry, it's good to wait it out and see if prices readjust (or if more vendors get stocks to sell).
Online, we spotted PowerColor and Sapphire Radeon RX Vega 64 air-cooled cards listed for just S$818 on Newegg Singapore. However, they are currently out of stock and the price doesn't yet include shipping fees as it's couriered from overseas; prepare to top up about S$50 for it. It might still sound cheaper than PC Themes's retail price, but your warranty and local support is probably not valid since these products on Newegg are shipped from overseas. So it's a toss between 'penny pinching' or having a peace of mind.
As of 19th August, online, we spotted PowerColor and Sapphire Radeon RX Vega 64 air-cooled cards listed for just S$941 on Newegg Singapore. It might sound cheaper than PC Themes's retail price, but that's not yet factoring the shipping fees and taxes. Furthermore, local support/warranty is probably not valid since these products are shipped from overseas. The final price? S$1,041.
While the graphics card purchase alone might be out of stock, Newegg Singapore also lists the Radeon Pack offers available. So if you're looking to purchase relevant PC parts, you can see the permutations possible for consideration and enjoy bundle pricing discount.
Meanwhile, the lesser Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics card will hit retail by 28th August, which is less than two weeks from now.
Also watch: AMD glorifying their RX Vega series launch as they compile inputs from the gamers, developers, partners and AMD executives who had a hand in designing the product:-