Jun 29, 2017 05:06 AM EDT
AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition is a graphics card for workstations, but gamers are eager to see what is there for them in the upcoming consumer version of Vega. AMD has already made a splash with its Ryzen and Ryzen Threadripper CPUs and now Vega can help complete a high-performance puzzle.
AMD has cleared that the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition is not aimed at gamers, but rather at "data scientists, immersion engineers, and product designers." What that translates to is a card that gives professionals more performance for the money than the pricey Nvidia Quadro competition.
AMD has released two PCs with identical everything: Ryzen 7 1800X CPUs, 32GB of DDR4/2400, SSDs, 4K panels, and still the same mouse and keyboard. Both things ran Windows 10 Enterprise edition. One of the PC featured the current GeForce Titan XP, while the second one ran one of the first air-cooled production-level Radeon Vega FE cards AMD has built, as reported by PC World.
AMD has revealed the Frontier Edition card during its Financial Analyst Day presentation last month. The card wields 64 compute units that work out to 4,096 stream processors, the same as AMD's Radeon Fury X. It also carries 16GB of HBM2 memory on a wide 2,048-bit bus, clocked at around 1,875MHz (480GB/s), as reported by PC Gamer.
AMD did not reveal specific numbers when it came to gaming performance but according to the report, Vega FE was tested against a Titan XP in Doom (Vulkan), Prey (DX11) and Sniper Elite 4 (DX12). All of the games in the test ran at the highest settings on an Acer 3440×1440 monitor. It seems that RadeonVega FE should sit somewhere between the GTX 1080 and GTX 1080Ti performance-wise in gaming.
The takeaway here is that Radeon Vega is looking good so far, both in professional chores and gaming. Gaming Radeon RX Vega is set to launch in late July.
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