AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition

Fernando Stephens
May 19, 2017

The Radeon Vega Frontier Edition, as it is called, is an ultra high-end graphics card designed primarily for compute applications.

VR Workloads: Radeon Vega Frontier Edition is ideal for VR content creation supporting AMD's LiquidVR technology to deliver the gripping content, advanced visual comfort and compatibility needed for next-generation VR experiences. FP16 performance is also through the roof, coming in at 25 TFLOPs.

The important thing to note is that the Vega Frontier Edition isn't denoted as an "RX" card, which indicates where AMD is targeting the inaugural Vega GPU.

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AMD has taken memory all the way to 16GB of HBM2, making this a new high-watermark for single-GPU workstation boards. The Nvidia GTX 1080 can offer 11.3 TFLOPs in comparison. AMD hasn't disclosed memory speeds or GPU clock speeds for Vega FE, but somewhere around 2GHz and 1.6GHz respectively makes sense, judging by the projected performance. The TDP of the RX 560 hits 80W, which means it will need at least a single 6-pin PCIe power connector.

Starting with new 2017 product introductions, future AMD products are also planned to harness the power of breakthrough AMD Infinity Fabric technology to efficiently create highly-scalable SoCs and platforms that meet the growing demand for high-performance compute and graphics technologies. Vega is the next big thing that we are expecting from the company and we got a glimpse at the GPU yesterday at the AMD's FAD event. There will be two Vega chips, based on 14nm and 14nm+ designs. Beyond that, in 2020, AMD is planning to launch its "Next Gen" architecture, based on the 7nm+ process.

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