It’s certainly good news that AMD has finally released their first Vega Graphics card however to the gamer’s dismay; it is actually designed especially for data scientists and for experimentation purposes. Fortunately, it has been known that Vega will also be launching a consumer version of this product and that they assured the public that it will be much fast-performing compared to the Frontier Edition.
From one Reddit AMA, the big boss of AMD’s Radeon Raja Koduri announced that haven’t been able to make a clear launching date of price info about their product however he was aimed at addressing some rumors that were spreading around. Among those rumors were said to be about the performance of their product.
When interviewers asked Koduri if Vega’s consumer variant would be as fast performing as the Frontier Edition, he just evaded the question and offered a canned response instead. He responded “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!”
To refresh, the Frontier Edition is known for its 64 compute units that effectively works out as much as 4,096 stream proci which is the same as the Radeon Fury X from AMD. It also comes with a 16 GB of HM B2 memory over 2048-bit bus, which is clocked at 1,865 MHz for 480 GB of bandwidth for memory.
AMD is claiming that its Frontier Edition card can deliver 25 teraflops (TFLOPS) of half-precision FP15 compute performance and 13 TFLOPS of single-precision FP32 compute performance. Based on the 13 TFLOPS figure, that would give some Vega cards a clock speed in the range of 1550-1600MHz.
One thing to conside between Vega cards from other suppliers is that Nvidia’s Titan XP boasts 12 TFLOPS having FP32 computer power. However it’s not really TFLOPS seeing that Nvidia has always been delivering more gaming performance as per theoretical TFLOPS. However with 50% of additional compute as compared with Fury X, Vega is found out to be more superior. Additionally, AMD also demonstrated how their HBCC or High-Bandwidth Cache Controller could be better via the game – Rise of the Tomb Raider that is running 35% faster using HBCC switched on and HBCC switched off.
For now, we can’t come up with the exact number as to Vega SKUs available for consumers however there are speculations spreading that there will be 3 which are composed of Core, Eclipse and Nova. Within those rumors, it is said that the Nova is far better-performing than the Frontier Edition, the Eclipse comes as second and Core as simply a compact nano-replacement. While Koduri assures that many variants of Vega cards will outperform the Frontier Edition, it doesn’t mean that they will be coming out in the market with better specs. For that it is important to bear in mind that professional cards are designed to deliver a separate set of tasks as compared to gaming cards.
This is a positive thing for Vega. Frontier Edition had been seen pushing 60-70 frames a second in Sniper Elite 4 with 4K resolution. Within the consumer’s side, AMD sets up the mood that Vega can handle 4K gameplay over the board.
Koduri adds, “[The] 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.”
Now there you go, and now you know what to expect. For those looking to for a launch schedule, Koduri announced that it will be off to Computex by the end of this month however may not in stores yet within that week. This automatically converts to a soft launch for their product and customers should not expect a general launching with unlimited supplies. Although not mentioned in the post, it is expected to have a legit product launch somewhere in last week of June.