AMD’s Radeon Vega Frontier Edition Formally Launches: Air Cooled For $999, Liquid Cooled for $1499 – AnandTech
Interestingly, both of these official prices are some $200-$300 below the prices first listed by SabrePC two weeks ago in the false start. To date AMD hasn’t commented on what happened there, however it’s worth noting that SabrePC is as of press time still listing the cards for their previous prices, with both cards reporting as being in-stock.
|AMD Workstation Card Specification Comparison|
|Radeon Vega Frontier Edition||Radeon Pro Duo (Polaris)||Radeon Pro WX 7100||Radeon Fury X|
|Stream Processors||4096||2 x 2304||2304||4096|
|Texture Units||?||2 x 144||144||256|
|ROPs||64||2 x 32||32||64|
|Single Precision||13.1 TFLOPS||11.5 TFLOPS||5.7 TFLOPS||8.6 TFLOPS|
|Half Precision||26.2 TFLOPS||11.5 TFLOPS||5.7 TFLOPS||8.6 TFLOPS|
|Memory Clock||1.89Gbps HBM2||7Gbps GDDR5||7Gbps GDDR5||1Gbps HBM|
|Memory Bus Width||2048-bit||2 x 256-bit||256-bit||4096-bit|
|Memory Bandwidth||483GB/sec||2x 224GB/sec||224GB/sec||512GB/sec|
|VRAM||16GB||2 x 16GB||8GB||4GB|
|Typical Board Power||<300W||250W||130W||275W|
|GPU||Vega (1)||Polaris 10||Polaris 10||Fiji|
|Manufacturing Process||GloFo 14nm||GloFo 14nm||GloFo 14nm||TSMC 28nm|
|Launch Price||Air: $999
Meanwhile AMD has also posted the final specifications for the card, confirming the 1600MHz peak clock. Sustained performance is a bit lower, with AMD publishing a “Typical clock” of 1382MHz. It’s worth noting that this is the first time AMD has used this term – they’ve previously used the term “base clock”, which is generally treated as the minimum clockspeed a card under a full gaming workload should run at. AMD is typically very careful in their word choice (as any good Legal department would require), so I’m curious as to whether there’s any significance to this distinction. At first glance, “typical clock” sounds a lot like NVIDIA’s “boost clock”, which is to say that it will be interesting to see how often Vega FE can actually hit & hold its boost clock, and whether it falls below its typical clock at all.
Feeding the GPU is AMD’s previously announced dual stack HBM2 configuration, which is now confirmed to be a pair of 8 layer, 8GB “8-Hi” stacks. AMD has the Vega FE’s memory clocked at just under 1.9Gbps, which gives the card a total memory bandwidth of 483GB/sec. And for anyone paying close attention to AMD’s naming scheme here, they are officially calling this “HBC” memory – a callback to Vega’s High Bandwidth Cache design.
As for power consumption, AMD lists the card’s typical board power as “< 300W”. This is consistent with the earlier figures posted by retailers, and perhaps most importantly, this is AMD’s official typical board power, not the maximum board power. So we are looking at a fairly high TDP card, and given that AMD has had a great deal of time to sit and work on their reference blower designs over the last few years, I’m anxious to see what that means for this initial air-cooled card. For display outputs, the Vega FE devotes its entire second slot to airflow, so all of the display connectors are found on the first slot. Typical for AMD cards of the past couple of years, we’re looking at 3x DP 1.4 ports along with 1x HDMI port. AMD is also throwing in a passive DP to SL-DVI adapter in the box.