AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition: specs and benchmarks

AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition

Summary

AMD started Radeon Vega Frontier Edition sales 27 June 2017 at a recommended price of $999. This is high-end GCN 5.0 architecture desktop card based on 14 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 16 GB of HBM2 memory clocked at 1.89 GHz are supplied, and together with 2048 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 483.8 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is dual-slot card attached via PCIe 3.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 267 mm. Two 8-pin power connectors are required, and power consumption is at 300 Watt.

It provides good gaming and benchmark performance at 52.66 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti.

General info

Of Radeon Vega Frontier Edition's architecture, market type and release date.

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
0.48
 
Architecture
GCN 5.0
 
GPU code name
Vega 10
 
Market segment
Desktop
 
Launch date
27 June 2017 (3 years ago)
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$999
 
Price now
$4135 (4.1x MSRP)
 

Technical specs

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon Vega Frontier Edition's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
4096
 
of 10752 (GA102)
Core clock speed
1382 MHz
 
Boost clock speed
1600 MHz
 
Number of transistors
12,500 million
 
Manufacturing process technology
14 nm
 
Thermal design power (TDP)
300 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate
409.6
 
Floating-point performance
13,107 gflops
 
of 2918.4 (GRID K340)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon Vega Frontier Edition's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
Length
267 mm
 
Supplementary power connectors
2x 8-pin
 

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon Vega Frontier Edition: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory type
HBM2
 
Maximum RAM amount
16 GB
 
Memory bus width
2048 Bit
 
of 6144 (GRID A100A)
Memory clock speed
1890 MHz
 
of 19500 (GeForce RTX 3090)
Memory bandwidth
483.8 GB/s
 
of 1024 (Radeon VII)

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon Vega Frontier Edition. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.

Display Connectors
1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
 
HDMI
+
 

API support

APIs supported by Radeon Vega Frontier Edition, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX
12 (12_1)
 
Shader Model
6.4
 
OpenGL
4.6
 
OpenCL
2.0
 
Vulkan
1.1.125
 

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of Radeon Vega Frontier Edition. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

52.66

Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

13873

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Radeon Vega Frontier Edition is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

This video card matches 100% minimum and 99% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
100%
Recommended
99%
Minimum
100%
Recommended
99%

NVIDIA equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon Vega Frontier Edition from NVIDIA is GeForce RTX 2060, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 1 position in our rating.

Here are some closest NVIDIA rivals to Radeon Vega Frontier Edition:

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