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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB Radeon R9 280X Crossfire
Hitman 3 11% 36%
Cyberpunk 2077 31% 5%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 37% 4%
Resident Evil 8 31% 5%
FIFA 21 65% 47%
Grand Theft Auto VI 3% 47%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 39% 7%
Genshin Impact 31% 5%
Far Cry 6 1% 52%
The Medium 14% 31%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB are significantly better than the AMD Radeon R9 280X Crossfire.

The Vega Frontier has a 750 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the R9 280X. This results in the Vega Frontier providing 192 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The Vega Frontier has a 750 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 280X and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the Vega Frontier providing 48 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The Vega Frontier was released over three years more recently than the R9 280X, and so the Vega Frontier is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the R9 280X when running the latest games.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The Vega Frontier has 10240 MB more video memory than the R9 280X, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, overall, the R9 280X has superior memory performance.

The R9 280X has 320 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Vega Frontier, which means that the memory performance of the R9 280X is massively better than the Vega Frontier.

Both the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB and the Radeon R9 280X Crossfire have 4096 Shader Processing Units. While the two GPUs have the same number of SPUs, the actual performance delivered by the Vega Frontier is 4260 and by the R9 280X is 4096. Knowing that the shader performance of the Vega Frontier is superior, it is not necessary to examine the GPUs' respective Texture and Pixel Fill Rates.

The Vega Frontier transistor size technology is 14 nm (nanometers) smaller than the R9 280X. This means that the Vega Frontier is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the R9 280X.

The Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB requires 275 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 280X Crossfire requires 550 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the Vega Frontier and a PSU with at least 1000 Watts for the R9 280X. The R9 280X requires 275 Watts more than the Vega Frontier to run. The difference is significant enough that the R9 280X may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the Vega Frontier.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 49 FPS on Total War: Three Kingdoms

Total War: Three Kingdoms

49 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 54.9 FPS on Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077

54.9 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 58.9 FPS on Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

58.9 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 61.3 FPS on Control

Control

61.3 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 61.4 FPS on Metro: Exodus

Metro: Exodus

61.4 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 65.4 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

65.4 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 68.4 FPS on Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V

68.4 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 69.4 FPS on Assassins Creed: Origins

Assassins Creed: Origins

69.4 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 75.8 FPS on Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

75.8 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 79.8 FPS on Assassins Creed: Odyssey

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

79.8 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 83.7 FPS on The Division 2

The Division 2

83.7 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 83.7 FPS on Assassins Creed: Unity

Assassins Creed: Unity

83.7 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 84.3 FPS on Just Cause 4

Just Cause 4

84.3 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 85.5 FPS on Total War: Warhammer 2

Total War: Warhammer 2

85.5 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 91.3 FPS on Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

91.3 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 93.7 FPS on The Witcher III

The Witcher III

93.7 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 94.1 FPS on Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

94.1 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 94.5 FPS on The Outer Worlds

The Outer Worlds

94.5 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 101.7 FPS on Hitman 2 (2018)

Hitman 2 (2018)

101.7 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 111.2 FPS on Far Cry: New Dawn

Far Cry: New Dawn

111.2 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 114 FPS on Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5

114 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 120.1 FPS on Battlefield V

Battlefield V

120.1 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 139.3 FPS on Forza Horizon 4

Forza Horizon 4

139.3 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 147.7 FPS on Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

147.7 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 156.7 FPS on Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1

156.7 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 176.9 FPS on Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider

176.9 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 190.2 FPS on Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

190.2 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 34.9 FPS on Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077

34.9 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 36.5 FPS on Total War: Three Kingdoms

Total War: Three Kingdoms

36.5 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 39.2 FPS on Control

Control

39.2 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 45.3 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

45.3 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 47.8 FPS on Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

47.8 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 49.7 FPS on Assassins Creed: Valhalla

Assassins Creed: Valhalla

49.7 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 50.4 FPS on Metro: Exodus

Metro: Exodus

50.4 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 55.7 FPS on Assassins Creed: Origins

Assassins Creed: Origins

55.7 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 56 FPS on Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

56 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 57.2 FPS on Total War: Warhammer 2

Total War: Warhammer 2

57.2 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 61.6 FPS on The Witcher III

The Witcher III

61.6 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 61.7 FPS on Assassins Creed: Unity

Assassins Creed: Unity

61.7 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 62.7 FPS on The Outer Worlds

The Outer Worlds

62.7 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 64.2 FPS on Assassins Creed: Odyssey

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

64.2 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 64.9 FPS on Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

64.9 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 72.4 FPS on Hitman 2 (2018)

Hitman 2 (2018)

72.4 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 73.4 FPS on The Division 2

The Division 2

73.4 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 81.5 FPS on Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

81.5 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 82.1 FPS on Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V

82.1 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 99.3 FPS on Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

99.3 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 102.8 FPS on Battlefield V

Battlefield V

102.8 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 105.2 FPS on Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5

105.2 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 111.2 FPS on Forza Horizon 4

Forza Horizon 4

111.2 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 120.5 FPS on Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider

120.5 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 120.7 FPS on Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1

120.7 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 14.8 FPS on Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077

14.8 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 17.6 FPS on Total War: Three Kingdoms

Total War: Three Kingdoms

17.6 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 18.8 FPS on Control

Control

18.8 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 24.1 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

24.1 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 26.9 FPS on The Outer Worlds

The Outer Worlds

26.9 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 28.2 FPS on Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

28.2 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 29.1 FPS on The Division 2

The Division 2

29.1 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 29.2 FPS on Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

29.2 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 29.2 FPS on Assassins Creed: Unity

Assassins Creed: Unity

29.2 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 29.2 FPS on Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

29.2 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 29.6 FPS on Metro: Exodus

Metro: Exodus

29.6 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 29.9 FPS on Assassins Creed: Valhalla

Assassins Creed: Valhalla

29.9 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 31.4 FPS on Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

31.4 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 32.9 FPS on Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V

32.9 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 33.7 FPS on Just Cause 4

Just Cause 4

33.7 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 34.4 FPS on Total War: Warhammer 2

Total War: Warhammer 2

34.4 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 38 FPS on Assassins Creed: Odyssey

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

38 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 38.2 FPS on Hitman 2 (2018)

Hitman 2 (2018)

38.2 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 39.2 FPS on Crysis 3

Crysis 3

39.2 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 44.4 FPS on Assassins Creed: Origins

Assassins Creed: Origins

44.4 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 48.8 FPS on Far Cry: New Dawn

Far Cry: New Dawn

48.8 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 50 FPS on The Witcher III

The Witcher III

50 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 53.3 FPS on Battlefield V

Battlefield V

53.3 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 54.5 FPS on Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

54.5 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 56.3 FPS on Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5

56.3 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 61.4 FPS on Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider

61.4 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 68.4 FPS on Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1

68.4 FPS

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB gets 71.5 FPS on Forza Horizon 4

Forza Horizon 4

71.5 FPS

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1600 MHzvs850 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1000 MHz
ArchitectureVega 10 XTGCN 1.1 Tahiti XTL (x2)
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date05 Jun 2017vs01 Oct 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved
Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
green tick vs -
1600x900
10
green tick vs -
1920x1080
10
green tick vs green tick
10
2560x1440
9.6
green tick vs -
3840x2160
7.6
green tick vs -

GPU Memory

Memory16384 MBvs6144 MB
Memory Speed500 MHzvs1500 MHz
Memory Bus2048 Bitvs768 Bit
Memory TypeHBM-2vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth256GB/secvs576GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB vs green tick 1536 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units4096vs4096
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology14nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units256vs256
Texture Rate409.6 GTexel/svs217.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs64
Pixel Rate102.4 GPixel/svs54.4 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)7680x4320vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs0
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections4vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power275 Wattsvs550 Watts
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 42 Ampsvs1000 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12vs11.2
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsno
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-Intel Core i7-3770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution3840x2160vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB is a Prosumer Graphics Card based on the Fourth (4.0) Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

Architecture
The Vega 10 XT GPU offers support for HBM-2 Memory, DirectX 12.0 and Open GL 4.5. Vega 10 XT is the Full Variant of the GPU with 64 Compute Units activated, offering 4096 Shader Processing Units, 256 TMUs and 64 ROPs.

GPU
The Central Unit is clocked at 1600MHz.

Memory: Speed
The GPU is equipped with stacked HBM2 Memory and accesses the Frame Buffer through a 2048-bit memory interface.

Memory: Frame Buffer
The GPU can fill up a Memory Pool of up to 16GB. Under most circumstances, this only proves useful in certain 3D Games whose Settings Require Large Amounts of Memory.
The Vega 10 GPU itself is aimed for 4K Gaming. The 16GB HBM2 framebuffer should be enough to prevent it bottlenecking performance in any AAA title at 4K.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 275W, it requires at least a 600W PSU with two available 8-pin connectors.

Performance
Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB is equal to the GeForce GTX 1080 in terms of gaming performance. However, it is primarily designed as a workstation graphics card and is not great value for money as a gaming GPU.
The Radeon Vega Frontier Edition is available in two versions - air cooled and the more expensive water-cooled. Specs are otherwise identical. System Suggestions
Radeon RX Vega Nova 16GB HBM2 is best suited for resolutions up to and including 3840 x2160 (4K). We recommend a Very Strong Processor and at least 16GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Radeon R9 280X Crossfire is a solution of two Radeon R9 280X put together using AMD'S Crossfire technology.
Check the page of Radeon R9 280X to know more about its chip.
Crossfire relies a lot on proper driver support and may suffer from micro-stuttering in lower frame rates (below 30). Benchmarks indicate the performance is overall, is up to 60% better than a single Radeon R9 280X performing by itself but at times (depending whether or not the 3D game supports crossfire or in the graphics driver) it performed worse than a single Radeon R9 280X. Expect this combination to draw up to 550 Watt though the average power consumption should be slightly lower.
Even the most demanding games will run at the highest settings.
Recommended CPU
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Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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