So with that established, it does sort of seem like they're selling the exact same product with a different cooler and box. They would have had to staple on some video outs but you are kidding yourself if you think the Instinct boards didn't already have the pads for them. (・へ・;)
I wonder if whoever they got this story from wasn't simply told that AMD was losing money on them in the sense of not being able to sell these dies/cards as Instincts. There is no way the bill of materials is over $700... Σ(´ー｀；)
Is anyone even buying/using Instinct cards? I know a couple guys who do CFD stuff for big petrol companies and they're all in on NV. According to them, everyone in that industry is.
It's a different PCB, per the videos on AMD's site. There are the outputs for video, power inputs on a different side, and possibly dropped PCIe gen. 4.
This Vega VII will have a different heatsink too, 3 axial fans, and obviously a completely different shroud. The firmware is different, probably dual and will disable ECC and have 1/16 rather than 1/2 the FP32 rate for FP64; also the profiles will be for slightly higher clocks.
The MI50 is not even available until late Q1.
And yes, almost everyone professionally uses NVIDIA not AMD.
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