Retailer listings have popped up for AMD’s Radeon Vega Frontier Edition GPUs, and these things aren’t going to be cheap. Primarily targeted at the professional markets, SaberPC touts the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition air-cooled graphics card for $1,199, while the water-cooled version can be yours to the tune of $1799. That’s some mighty expensive water cooling.
Specs-wise, the two versions of the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition are absolutely identical. The only difference is the addition of a water block on the more expensive card, keeping it cooler for a whopping $600 premium. That’s enough to buy a GeForce GTX 1080 for the price difference in cooling alone.
It is worth bearing in mind that SaberPC may be running on guesswork alone, but we are now just a week away from launch so in all likelihood this is bang on the money.
The Radeon Vega Frontier Editions both pack an enormous 16GB of second generation HBM2 (High Bandwidth Memory) in two stacks of 8GB, 4096 Stream Processors on 64 Compute Units, and a core clock speed of 1586MHz. A high clock speed is crucial, as the limited stock of Compute Units doesn't give AMD much wriggle room to play with versus its older generation Fiji chips. Total memory bandwidth of the Radeon Vega is 480GB/s, while it has a pixel fill rate of 90 GPixels/s. In total, we’re looking at 12.5 TFLOPs of single precision compute. The liquid cooled version should also be capable of higher clock speeds.
Both versions of the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition are due to launch next week, on June 27th. If you’ve been waiting on Radeon RX Vega then the official advice from AMD is to wait. The Frontier Editions carry a huge price premium and aren’t aimed at gamers. These are workstation GPUs with workstation price tags attached. AMD has also said its dedicated RX Vega cards will be in fact be faster in gaming scenarios, and available at a much cheaper price.