RX Vega is the upcoming beast by AMD, we saw the highest end, data center optimized RX Vega Frontier Edition graphics card which was extremely promising, especially compared to Nvidia’s Tesla P100.
We also saw a demo of Sniper Elite 4 running on a Vega GPU on 4K@60 FPS during AMD’s live stream and the performance was comparable to a GTX 1080.
But, here’s the fun part. The Frontier edition may be the highest end RX Vega graphics card but it isn’t faster than the more gaming optimized GPUs.
Raja was doing an AMA on Reddit and disclosed that the “flavors” of RX Vega will be faster than the frontier edition. He said “Consumer RX will be much better optimized for all the top gaming titles and flavors of RX Vega will actually be faster than Frontier version!”
It’s pretty obvious that Data center graphics cards are much less optimized for gaming as compared to consumer grade cards. But, it needed to be said anyways to deter anyone who got the idea that frontier edition is the ultimate “gaming card” and that the consumer lineup for gaming isn’t as great.
HBM and Its Impact further down the road:
We’re going to be getting a complete reveal of RX Vega on the 31st of this month at Computex. While there have been a lot more speculations about the final shape of the series, we know that RX VEGA gaming performance will be on par with Nvidia’s upon release and the “FineWine” Will keep increasing the performance as time passes.
HBM 2 is another key element of discussion, while most modern games do not support HBM fully, as more and more titles get released and as time passes, this high bandwidth memory will be one of the major contributing factors to the cards’ shelf life.
We’ll be showing Radeon RX Vega off at Computex, but it won’t be on store shelves that week.
“We know how eager you are to get your hands on Radeon RX Vega, and we’re working extremely hard to bring you a graphics card that you’ll be incredibly proud to own. Developing products with billions of transistors and forward-thinking architecture is extremely difficult — but extremely rewarding — work. […] We’re working as hard as we can to bring you Radeon RX Vega.”
“On HBM2, we’re effectively putting a technology that’s been limited to super expensive, out-of-reach GPUs into a consumer product. Right now only insanely priced graphics cards from our competitors that aren’t within reach of any gamer or consumer make use of it. We want to bring all of that goodness to you. And that’s not easy! It’s not like you can run down to the corner store to get HBM2. The good news is that unlike HBM1, HBM2 is offered from multiple memory vendors – including Samsung and Hynix – and production is ramping to meet the level of demand that we believe Radeon Vega products will see in the market.”
Price Beating Performance, Nvidia’s New Competitor
AMD has extremely competitive price to performance this time around (much like they’ve had in recent times) and we’re excited to see the end result of it.
Gaming performance of the Frontier edition compared with the consumer versions:
“The Frontier Edition was designed for a variety of use-cases like Machine Learning, real-time visualization, and game design. Can you play games on Frontier Edition? Yes, absolutely. It supports the RX driver and will deliver smooth 4K gaming. But because it is optimized for professional use cases (and priced accordingly), if gaming is your primary reason for buying a GPU, I’d suggest waiting just a little while longer for the lower-priced, gaming-optimized Radeon RX Vega graphics card”
RX VEGA will not be on the shelves the week after reveal. it will be “extremely rewarding”.
“We’ll be showing Radeon RX Vega off at Computex, but it won’t be on store shelves that week. We know how eager you are to get your hands on Radeon RX Vega, and we’re working extremely hard to bring you a graphics card that you’ll be incredibly proud to own. Developing products with billions of transistors and forward-thinking architecture is extremely difficult — but extremely rewarding”
Frontier Edition Pin Configuration Explained
“I grabbed an engineering board from the lab on the way to the Sunnyvale auditorium, and that boards works well with a 6 and an 8 pin. We decided to put two 8 pin connectors in the production boards to give our Frontier users extra headroom”
4K 60 FPS Gaming with RX Vega:
“Primary vision with Vega was to establish our next generation architecture that is capable of dealing with large data-sets (tera, peta,exa etc)
From a gaming perspective we wanted to build a product that tackles the challenging 4K@60Hz for AAA gaming…
Like Fiji Vega will excel in small form factors etc due to HBM2 advantages
Yes – the gold version may have more thermal headroom that could help in some scenarios”
Hyped up Crowed
Currently, both the AMD Fans and Nvidia fans are hyped up about the upcoming product launch, there are a number of reasons why VEGA’s launch means major competition and market shift for Nvidia.
Not only will there be increased competition which will result in the faster development of newer generation technology, but also the dream for 4K coming to the lower-end consumer will start to turn into a reality.