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AMD’s highly anticipated “Vega” architecture based GPU goes on sale

AMD promised to start shipping its new generation of video cards in late June, and now here we are with Radeon Vega Frontier Edition cards in our virtual shopping carts.Speaking about Vega’s entry into the Radeon Pro series, AMD’s Ogi Brkic said that the company is “dedicating Radeon Vega Frontier Edition to all the visionaries and trailblazers who embrace new technologies to propel their industries forward”.The card wields 64 compute units, which works out to 4,096 stream processors, the same as AMD’s Radeon Fury X. It also has 16GB of HBM2 memory on a wide 2,048-bit bus, clocked at around 1,875MHz (480GB/s).The Frontier Edition has been produced with the likes of data scientists and creative professionals in mind, as well as game developers.”While AMD didn’t want to reveal any gaming performance, it agreed to give us a taste of how Radeon Vega Frontier Edition performs in gaming”.”Accelerated game design and immersive workflows” using a GPU that can provide all the performance you need in creating to the final testing of VR-Ready content.In an exclusive preview done by PCWorld, which had a chance to test out two nearly identical systems, based on AMD’s Ryzen 7 1800X CPU with 32GB of DDR4-2400 memory, SSD storage, 4K panel and both running on Windows 10 Enterprise edition, the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition held its ground, and even managed to outperform the Titan Xp in plenty of tests, including Catia, Creo, SolidWorks and Cinebench. The water-cooled edition is expected to launch in Q3 with an SEP of $1499.Radeon Vega Frontier Edition graphics cards are available from etailers in select regions today with an SEP of $999 United States dollars for the air-cooled edition.”In the given time we had to run the tests, we saw the Frontier Edition outscore the Titan Xp by 28 per cent in Catia and Creo to 50 per cent in SolidWorks”.KitGuru Says: Consumer Vega is finally here, though the Frontier Edition is just the beginning.AMD is also planning to integrate Vega GPUs with multi-core Ryzen microprocessors to enable PC makers to offer genuinely powerful laptops that are also capable of desktop-class gaming in smaller and lighter form factors.