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AMD’s first Vega GPU is now available for $999

AMD’s highly-anticipated Vega GPU is finally official. The Radeon Vega Frontier Edition is a high-end GPU aimed at content creators, along with data scientists, game designers, and visualization professionals. The card features the HBM2 DRAM interface, promising significantly better performance than GDDR5X.

The design of a video card isn’t usually something that garners a lot of attention, but it’s clear AMD wanted the Vega cards to look unlike anything else on the market today. The Radeon Vega Frontier Edition features a blue anodized aluminium shroud along with the Radeon logo inlays that makes the card stand out.

As for the underlying hardware, the has 4096 stream processors, 64 ROPs, 16GB HBM2 clocked at 1.89Gbps over a 2048-bit wide bus, with a total memory bandwidth of 483GB/s. The card is clocked at 1382MHz, with a boost clock of 1600MHz. What do you get with all that hardware? A computing power of 13.1 TFLOPS when it comes to single precision workloads.

This isn’t a consumer card, and as such isn’t really meant for gaming, but AMD is including a “Gaming Mode” that allows game devs to test the performance of their upcoming titles. From Ogi Brkic, AMD’s senior director and general manager for Radeon Pro business:

We’re dedicating Radeon Vega Frontier Edition to all the visionaries and trailblazers who embrace new technologies to propel their industries forward to help solve mankind’s greatest problems. With this powerful solution, we’ve brought the full weight of our new ‘Vega’ GPU architecture to bear, offering unmatched performance in the most demanding design, rendering, and machine intelligence workloads so that the world’s top creators, data scientists and game developers can reach new frontiers in their fields.

The air-cooled variant of the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition will retail for $999, and AMD will launch a water-cooled version sometime next quarter for $1,499. AMD will roll out consumer variants based on Vega later this year, so stay tuned.

Harish Jonnalagadda
Harish Jonnalagadda is an avid reader of science-fiction novels. A long-time Arsenal fan, his other interests include gaming, basketball and making music. He also likes tinkering with hardware in his free time.

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