AMD officially announced the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition specifications

AMD’s officially reveal specifications of Radeon Vega “Frontier Edition”, which will give some idea how well AMD’s new flagship will perform in a variety of applications.

To begin with, the Vega has a total of 64 compute units and 4096 Stream Processors and peak FP32 performance of around 13TFLOPs, which is over 50% higher performance than AMD’s Fiji-based R9 Fury X.

AMD’s Radeon Vega also supports Rapid Packed Math and FP16 instructions, allowing this GPU to offer even more compute performance when less precision is required.

The Vega Frontier Edition will offer boost clock speeds that are around 1587MHz with slightly lower levels of memory bandwidth than the R9 Fury X, still, the new memory will offer a lot more performance thanks to optimizations in the memory pipeline and the addition of AMD’s new Draw Stream Binning Rasterizer (DSBR) to Vega.

RX 570 RX 580 R9 Fury X Radeon Vega
Frontier Edition
GPU Polaris 10 Pro Polaris 10 XT Fiji XT Vega 10
Process node 14nm 14nm 28nm 14nm
Shade Engines 4 4 4
CUs per shader Engine 8 9 16
Shaders Per CU 64 64 64 64
Stream Processors 2048 2304 4096 4096
Performance (FP32) 5.095 TFLOPs 6.175 TFLOPs 8.6TFLOPs 13 TFLOPs
Performance (FP16) 5.095 TFLOPs 6.175 TFLOPs 8.6TFLOPs 25 TFLOPs
Render Output Units 32 32 64 64
Texture Mapping units 126 144 256 256
Hardware Threads 4 4 8
Memory Interface 256-bit 256-bit 4096-bit 2048-bit
Memory 4/8GB GDDR5 4/8GB GDDR5 4GB HBM 16GB HBM2
Memory Bandwidth 224GB/s 256GB/s 512GB/s 480GB/s

AMD did not showcase many benchmarks for their Radeon Vega GPU, though AMD did show one slide which was highly impressive, with the results showing the Vega easily beat NVIDIA’s Titan Xp in a range of 3D modeling applications.

This high level of performance may due to Vega’s new Geometry Engine and Pixel Engine designs, which allows AMD’s new architecture to offer 2x the peak geometry performance per clock of their previous architectures. This significantly speeds up 3D modelling and design workflows, allowing more complex designs to be rendered in real-time.
AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition GPUs will be available in both Air-cooled and liquid cooled varieties, both offering the same internal specifications.

Sandy, this GPU is not intended to be used by gamers, with drivers that are optimized for professional use and pricing to be much higher than consumer products. Though, AMD has stated that gamers will have to wait for their RX Vega GPU to be released at a later date, as it will come at a lower price with optimization for gaming.

AMD’s Radeon Technologies Group will be revealing more about Vega in Mid-June, so expect more details about Vega very soon.