AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition Graphics Card Available For Pre-Order – Air Cooled Model Costs $1200 US, Liquid Cooled Costs $1800 US

Jun 15, 2017

First pre-orders of the AMD Radeon Vega Frontier edition graphics cards have just gone live. Based on AMD’s upcoming graphics chip, the Radeon Vega Frontier edition will be the first product to use the Vega 10 GPU that features technologies such as HBM2 and HBCC.

AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition Air and Liquid Cooled Models Available For Pre-Order

At AMD’s Financial Analyst Day, Raja Koduri announced the Radeon Vega Frontier edition graphics card. The new card is aimed at professionals who hunger for compute and deep learning solutions and Vega is the answer from RTG. After more than two years, AMD will release a competitive card that will challenge NVIDIA’s high-performance Pascal based solutions. NVIDIA has been dominant in the AI, deep learning, HPC, cloud computing sectors since the arrival of Pascal in 2016 and the AMD RTG team had no answer to them until now.

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While the Radeon Vega Frontier edition is still a few days away from launch, the graphics card can now be pre-ordered through various retail outlets. According to Videocardz, Scan UK and Sabre PC have listed both the air and liquid cooled variants along with their specifications, features and price range. The air cooled model is priced at $1200 US while the liquid cooled model is priced at $1800 US. These are pretty high prices but we can assure you that the gaming models won’t cost as much and will be much more affordable when launched in late July.

The Radeon Vega Frontier Edition helps drive the new digital world. It nurtures creativity. It is your gateway to parts unknown. Expand the boundaries of what’s possible and witness the impossible. With the new “Vega” GPU architecture at its core, you will have no barriers or compromises to what you want to achieve.Take advantage of the massive 16GB of cutting-edge, second-generation high-bandwidth memory to create expansive designs and models. Crunch and manipulate datasets using the sixty-four Next-Gen Compute Units (nCUs – 4096 stream processors) at your disposal. Unleash your imagination to develop games, CGI or VR content leveraging the latest features found on the “Vega” GPU architecture and witness the breathtaking power of “Vega” course through your system.

GPU Family AMD Vega AMD Navi NVIDIA Pascal NVIDIA Volta
Flagship GPU Vega 10 Navi 10 NVIDIA GP100 NVIDIA GV100
GPU Process 14nm FinFET 7nm FinFET TSMC 16nm FinFET TSMC 12nm FinFET
GPU Transistors 15-18 Billion TBC 15.3 Billion 21.1 Billion
GPU Cores (Max) 4096 SPs TBC 3840 CUDA Cores 5376 CUDA Cores
Peak FP32 Compute 13.0 TFLOPs TBC 12.0 TFLOPs >15.0 TFLOPs (Full Die)
Peak FP16 Compute 25.0 TFLOPs TBC 24.0 TFLOPs 120 Tensor TFLOPs
Memory (Consumer Cards) HBM2 HBM3 GDDR5X GDDR6
Memory (Dual-Chip Professional/ HPC) HBM2 HBM3 HBM2 HBM2
HBM2 Bandwidth 484 GB/s (Frontier Edition) >1 TB/s? 732 GB/s (Peak) 900 GB/s
Graphics Architecture Next Compute Unit (Vega) Next Compute Unit (Navi) 5th Gen Pascal CUDA 6th Gen Volta CUDA
Successor of (GPU) Radeon RX 500 Series Radeon RX 600 Series GM200 (Maxwell) GP100 (Pascal)
Launch 2017 2019 2016 2017

AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition Specifications, Performance and Features

The Radeon Vega Frontier edition is officially planned for launch on 27th of June. In terms of specifications, the card comes with 4096 stream processors and clocked beyond 1550 MHz to deliver 13 TFLOPs of FP32 and 25 TFLOPs of FP16 compute performance. There’s also 16 GB of HBM2 VRAM which comes in two stacks (8 GB per stack). The graphics card has a total rated bandwidth of 480 GB/s which is lower than the 512 GB/s on Fiji. It also features a pixel fill rate of 90 GPixels/s.

AMD Radeon Vega Frontier edition will be available in June in two variants. One would be an air cooled model which comes in a nice blue industrial texture with a glowing yellow “R” emblem placed in the corner. The graphics card come with a “Radeon” label and logo on the sides and front. The back is covered by a nice blue texture backplate. The whole card is powered by a dual 8-pin connector configuration which confirms a TDP of around 300W. The card is cooled by a single blower style fan that throws air out of the I/O side exhaust vents.

The second card has also been shown and comes in a brushed golden texture on the shroud. It features the same logos but those come with blue LED lighting. The card is exactly the same aside from the fact that it will feature liquid cooling as shown by the tubing extended out of the front. The liquid cooled model ships with a TDP of 375W which is 75W higher than the air cooled variant but will operate at much faster speeds due to extra cooling. Some features aside from the looks of the card include:

The Radeon Vega Frontier Edition Technical Features

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• Powered by the Vega architecture
• ~25 TFLOPS Peak FP16 Compute Performance.
• ~13 TFLOPS Peak FP32 Compute Performance.
• 16GB High Bandwidth Cache.
• 64 Next-Gen Compute Units.
• 4096 Stream Processors.

Now if we compare the price of the air and liquid cooled models, we are looking at a $600 US price difference which is huge. Both models are rated to feature the same compute power so AMD could be charging extra for the cooling equipment alone. AMD already used a premium design on the R9 Fury X and Radeon Pro Duo series cards with exclusively designed AIO cooling solutions so this can be the reason why we are looking at such high prices on the liquid cooled model.

We’ve spent years preparing to enable this next generation of data scientists, immersion engineers, and product designers, by designing a formidable new GPU architecture – Vega – from the ground up, and by heavily investing in machine learning, high performance graphics for content creators, and open software solutions to deliver value to a broad pioneer ecosystem. Today our vision for delivering the future of data science and advanced visualization materializes with the release of the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition graphics cards which will be shipping in late June. via AMD

AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition General Features

• “Vega” GPU Architecture.
• 64 Next-Gen Compute Units (nCUs) (4096 Stream Processors)
• 16GB High Bandwidth Cache (HBC) Memory.
• 483 GB/s Memory Bandwidth.
• 90 Gpixels/s Fillrate
• 13.1 TFLOPS Peak FP32 Compute Performance
• 26.2 TFLOPS Peak FP16 Compute Performance
• 3x DisplayPort™ 1.4 HBR3/HDR Ready, & 1x HDMI™ 4K60 Display Outputs
• DirectX® 12.1, OpenGL® 4.5, OpenCL™ 2.0, & Vulkan® 1.0 API Support
• Dual-slot, full length (10.5”) Form Factor.
• Air Cooling Solution. Liquid-cooled versions also available.

The Radeon Vega Frontier edition is one of several Vega based products which will be available in the summer. AMD has two Radeon RX Vega Frontier edition cards, an MI25 Instinct Accelerator card, two Radeon Pro Vega (64 and 56) variants planned for Apple’s new iMac Pro system which were displayed earlier this month and several gaming variants which will be launching at Siggraph’17 in late July.

AMD Radeon Vega Lineup:

Graphics Card Radeon R9 Fury X Radeon RX 480 Radeon RX Vega Frontier Edition Radeon RX Vega 64 Radeon RX Vega 56( Radeon Pro Vega 64 Radeon Pro Vega 56
GPU Fiji XT Polaris 10 Vega 10 Vega 10 XTX/XT Vega 10 XL Vega 10 Vega 10
Process Node 28nm 14nm FinFET FinFET FinFET FinFET FinFET FinFET
Compute Units 64 36 64 64 56 64 56
Stream Processors 4096 2304 4096 4096 3584 4096 3584
Performance 8.6 TFLOPS
8.6 (FP16) TFLOPS
5.8 (FP16) TFLOPS
26 (FP16) TFLOPS
Up to 13+ TFLOPS
26+ (FP16) TFLOPS
~25 (FP16) TFLOPS
22 (FP16) TFLOPS
Texture Mapping Units 256 144 256 256 TBA 256 224
Render Output Units 64 32 64 64 TBA 64 64
Memory Bus 4096-bit 256-bit 2048-bit 2048-bit 2048-bit 2048-bit 2048-bit
Bandwidth 512GB/s 256GB/s 484GB/s TBA TBA TBA 400GB/s
TDP 275W 150W 300-375W TBA TBA TBA TBA
Launch 2015 2016 June 2017 July 2017 July 2017 December 2017 December 2017
Price $649 US $199 (4 GB)
$229 (8 GB)
$999 (Reference)
$1499 (Liquid)
$499 (Reference)
$549 (Limited Air)
$599 (Liquid)
$649 (Liquid LE)
$399 TBD TBD