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At CES when we unveiled the first details of our new GPU Vega architecture –codenamed “Vega” — I was hoping for a positive reaction, but I didn’t quite expect this. Millions of gamers, game developers, data scientists, and professional content creators around the world are anxiously awaiting products based on Vega. And every week, I get hundreds of emails and tweets from community members asking me when these products will be available on store shelves.

Well, it’s time.

Today we’re announcing the first of several Vega architecture-based products to roll out this summer, and soon we’ll be launching Radeon Instinct, Radeon Pro, and Radeon RX flavors of Vega. But today’s Vega is just a little different. Let me tell you why.

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition Graphics Cards

Radeon™ Vega Frontier Edition

Compute units 64
Single precision compute performance (FP32) ~13 TFLOPS
Half precision compute performance (FP16) ~25 TFLOPS
Pixel Fillrate ~90 Gpixels/sec
Memory capacity 16 GBs of High Bandwidth Cache
Memory bandwidth ~480 GBs/sec

What comes to mind when you hear the word “pioneer?”

At AMD, we think about the people who risk everything in the name of progress. These modern-day pioneers embrace and propel new technologies forward. They work to heal our own planet while fearlessly exploring new ones. They harness science to fuel creativity, and employ creativity to drive science. Pioneers look at boundaries and see only a starting line. Their achievements are measured not in years, or even decades, but in centuries.

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.

We’re excited about releasing this graphics card into the wild and seeing what you’ll accomplish with it, especially with the horsepower that’s inside, because for machine learning and professional visualization workloads, Radeon Vega Frontier Edition is very simply the fastest graphics card on the planet.

At our product’s core is Vega’s disruptive High Bandwidth Cache Controller, the cornerstone of the world’s most advanced GPU memory architecture. Combined with HBM2, Radeon Vega Frontier Edition helps expands the capacity of traditional GPU memory to 256TB, allowing users to tackle massive datasets with ease. The result is a graphics card that can easily handle demanding design, rendering, and machine intelligence workloads.

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition Vs. Fiji Architecture

Single precision compute performance (FP32)
Single precision compute performance (FP16)
Memory capacity
Radeon Vega Frontier Edition “Fiji” architecture

 

But hardware is only half of the story – a significant part of our investment and resource commitment is dedicated to fostering an open software ecosystem. We continue to aggressively improve our ROCm open software platform and machine learning libraries.  We’re also supporting open machine intelligence frameworks like Caffe (released in April). Later this quarter we plan to offer support for Torch, and Tensor Flow is in the works.

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For Data Scientists, Immersion Engineers, and Product Designers

The advantage of the Radeon Vega Pioneer Edition graphics card is unmatched performance in a remarkable range of use cases.  Here are a few examples:

Machine Learning

The Radeon™ Vega Frontier Edition, combined with our ROCm open software platform, delivers industry-leading performance in deep learning. Developers can now tap into the power of the Vega architecture to do machine learning algorithm development before deploying it to massive servers that will be equipped with Radeon Instinct accelerators. In the initial testing (early clocks and drivers) we did against the fastest competitive card we could get our hands on, we found Radeon Vega Frontier Edition graphics cardsto be more than 30% faster as measured by the DeepBench Benchmark 1 – and also delivers a disruptive performance per dollar equation that enables AMD’s leadership in compute TCO for the foreseeable future.

Advanced Visualization

Advanced technologies like real-time visualization and physically-based rendering give design and manufacturing firms a powerful arsenal of visualization tools that can be used at all stages of product development. The Radeon Vega Frontier Edition graphics card provides the necessary performance required to help drive these increasingly large and complex models through the design phase as well as rendering phase of product development.

SpecViewperf 12.1 (higher is better)

Catia2
PTC Creo3
Solidworks4
Radeon Vega Frontier Edition NVIDIA Titan Xp

Revolutionizing Game Design and 360 VR Workflows

The Radeon Vega Frontier Edition graphics card simplifies and accelerates game creation by providing a single GPU that is optimized for every stage of a game developer’s workflow — from asset production, to playtesting, to performance optimization. With AMD graphics technology found in many of today’s game consoles and PCs, developers can build and optimize next-gen games for a large install base. And combined with Radeon Loom, AMD’s revolutionary 360-degree video stitching technology, a new breed of filmmakers will be able to harness the compute power of Radeon Vega Frontier Edition to stitch high-resolution video in real time.

The Radeon Vega Frontier Edition graphics card is going to empower the pioneers creating the next generation of gaming experiences, but it does beg one question: Can you game on a Radeon Vega Frontier Edition?  The answer is yes, absolutely.  But because this graphics card is optimized for professional use cases (and priced accordingly), if gaming is your primary reason for buying a GPU, I’d suggest waiting just a little while longer for the lower-priced, gaming-optimized Radeon RX Vega graphics card. You’ll be glad you did.

On behalf of everyone at AMD and Radeon Technologies Group, thank you to the pioneers of today and the visionaries of tomorrow. To learn more about the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition graphics card, visit http://radeon.com/frontier and we’ll be providing further details by mid-June. I’ll also be hosting an AMA on Reddit this Thursday at 2 pm PST – please join me at reddit.com/r/AMD.

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  • VaJohn

    Q3 consumer version, you done bad.

  • Konrad Panitz

    How will this preform in AEC workflows, such as Revit 2017 (complex models) 500mb to 1GB? Will this Froniter Card & Pro cards be Autodesk Certified?

  • Joseph

    I would like to see low-end Vega like an RX 460/560 with HBM2

  • Vincent Repole

    AWESOME work keep it up!!!

  • John Smith

    Great stuff… this is incredible! What an amazing architecture. With great power comes great responsibility! Vega = the very embodiment of this saying 😉

  • Jay Praksh Singh

    Waao… Its great Card…But it is not for me…I need a gaming card.
    I am just waiting for vega card..

  • Deeptarup Biswas

    I have planned to buy rx480 8gb nxt week. How different VEGA will b from rx480 8gb nitro+?

  • Jason Clouston

    Why compare your new workstation card to your competitor’s gaming card on gaming drivers, and not their workstation card (Quadro) on workstation drivers?
    Do you have something to hide about the performance of Vega Frontier?

    • Lex

      Yes, they do. never trust anything that comes from a manufacturer, that includes AMD, Intel, Nvidia, etc. Always get comparisons from people who don’t benefit from advertising specific items of brands. You’ll get skewwed results.

      Ironically, the so called workstation drivers aren’t really workstation drivers at all, just certain command line switches are automatically enabled during initialization routine to make the cards more suitable for X,Y,Z workloads.

      If the workstation cards were overclocked like the consumer cards and same build quality, you’d then see there’s no real difference other than cost and more RAM on some cards for professionals.

      I’m a hardware and software engineer by trade, I used to design video cards. You’d be suprised how badly you’re getting screwed on some workstation cards. When they use the identical chipset on the inside vs. that of the consumer cards.

      The only cards that are truly peerless in it’s truest form are the Nvidia M6000 and P6000 and they’re really good a very specific tasks for which AMD’s FireGL and Radeon Pro can’t touch but that’s a very small segment of business.

      The problem with the P6000 is that it’s frame rate at 8k is limited to 30 fps regardless, this is publicly stated by Nvidia and PNY. That’s why people are going to the Radeon Pro SSG and Vega 10 FE to get workstation performance at 60 fps in 8k. Both are nice cards but they’re still lacking in some regards.

      Where Nvidia makes up with useful features in hardware, AMD makes up for raw speed. Depending on what you need and at what resolution will determine what card you get. I use both sets. I use the P6000 in a render farm format so it’s not actually displaying 8k at 30 fps, just crunches the scene data for the newer version of chips that will support 8k @ 60 and up 160 fps.

      As far as on screen rendering and drawing, I’m using AMD. I love both card and I’m using them the way the niche market dictates.

      I do believe the day of the workstation cards are over as the gaming / consumer cards will surpass workstation cards in capability. Gaming cards are a workstation card that’s been overclocked. The problem is the faster your run your RAM, it becomes less stable the more you have, that’s why most gamer cards only have up to 16 GiB on them. Cards with dual GP-GPUs with 16 GiB RAM, actually have that RAM split down the center. 8 GiB RAM per chip, with a segment of that RAM used as swap room for inter GP-GPU communication including over the bridges if you have more than one card plugged in and using them.

  • Shivgounder

    Since you are targeting the card towards Scientists, Engineers, and Product Designers the FP64 values could also have been mentioned.

    • AlphaC

      I concur with the above statement.

      In addition, listing specviewperf numbers against an artificially hampered Geforce card is a bit deceptive. Quadro GPUs have much higher Specviewperf performance due to drivers.

    • Lefteris

      Yeah, I am puzzled that they do not say. Probably the FP64 is terrible and they will release a new card for high FP64.

  • Robert Ladd

    I’m a Rhino 3D user; and am anxious to upgrade my current system which now employs a Fire Pro W 7000 workstation card. The new addition of Rhino 6 which is currently in WIP status will, I believe include a render engine that would appreciably take advantage of a VEGA base card. Currently, my rendering is done through a McNeal plug-in called Flamingo 3D. This renderer is dependent upon the CPU and the more cores, the faster is will render. Because of this, I am also looking towards a new AMD 16 core/32 thread CPU; my current CPU is an INTEL I7 393K that is overclocked comfortably on a two radiator water based cooling system. I also have 32 gb of ram and tow ssd’s in raid 0, backiing up and cloning everything at the end of each work day to mechanical drives.

    • Rob

      V6 will have Pro Render in it, this card will make that go very fast

    • KD Compton

      I live way out in the country and no mail is delivered I have to travel 70 miles plus to pick up packages It is important to me WHY? because I love AMD and have been purchasing way before the Athlon . I would like a little light to show me when the Vega for Gamer are released. Then I can plan a trip. I’m a 67 yr old gamer . I have the Ryzen 1600X the ASRock Taichi X370 and 16 GB of G Skill Flare X Ram New Rosewill Thor V2 and 1000 Watt Corsairs Power Supply. Sir I’m ready when ever you are .
      Thank you for your time
      Doogie

  • Patrick Breslin

    I want ryzen and vega combo pc sooo bad, i need be patient

  • Robert Eachus

    You say 16 GBytes of memory and also 480 GByte/sec bandwidth. This implies two 8 high stacks of HBM2. Is that correct, or is there some other explantion?

  • ali

    btw what will be price ..? i,m still waiting for this beast 🙂

  • HJ

    finally after long time AMD the best again congratulations
    I love AMD Because they are always try to make the best at the best price and because reds colors it’s my favorite colors thank you very much and I hope that you always keep make the best

  • Naeem Ur Rehman

    looking forwerd for gaming version of this card with good cooler

  • Simon

    Man, this could be the card I may get for developing! However, I wanted to get into Blender, and it seems that CUDA cards perform better (NVIDIA), so what kind of advantage would I be getting in developer software if I buy an RX Vega FE?

  • Mikolaj

    You say Vega Frontier Edition is for “data scientists, immersion engineers, and product designers”.
    What do you mean by “a product designer”?
    I am myself industrial designer or a product designer if you will (I design products like: lightning fixtures, furniture and pretty much any other product or equipment). Among other software I use SolidWorks, 3D studio max, etc. Is this card for “me”? Or you meant someone else by saying product designer?
    I’m familiar with Radeon Pro or Nvidia Quadro, not much with Nvidia Titan Xp (never seen or heard about it aside of gaming).

    I’m looking for a graphic card which I could use at home on my “all-in-one workstation”. I needs to be decent for working as well as gaming etc. I’m 40+ years old so I’m not a hard gamer, just from time to time. Don’t work much at home so doesn’t need to be to professional/expensive, but I’d rather use a pro card for a casual gaming than vice versa. I’ve got 4K monitor and if/when I game I’d like to do comfortably, like I would have need using gaming card. Either this is “Jack of all trades” and something I was waiting for or I got it all wrong…

  • Scott Bell

    Now if it only supports CUDA so I can use it with redshift… 😉

  • Prajwal R Shekhar

    I’m really waiting for the 16c 32t chip.. actually Ryzen killed off intel’s useless processors and it’s business too.. i really didn’t know why people spent so much of dead amount before.. all i really know that AMD is best since when i started to use laptop long back in 2008 equipped with Turion.. now at this time i’ve got A8-7410 APU with Dual Radeon Graphics.. i’m actually a Civil Engineer & Architectural Designer.. i take advantage of my laptop’s hardware.. i easily create a 4K quality 3DS Max Scenes and Renderings in 10-20mins, my highest attempt is a 15K 3D Rendering from A8- 7410 APU, it’s good for gaming too.. it’s a good laptop from HP by the way also a limited one.. now all i need is a Octacore Ryzen with integrated Graphics and also Discreet Vega Graphics in a HP based laptops for professional works like i’m doing.. i need this specs in a laptop.. this is what all the Designers looking for Mobility.. we need a desktop performance in a laptop.. i’m proudly say my A8-7410 beats intel core i7 Mobile chips in a Rendering Processes.. this is what i expect soon to be in future.. #AMD thanks & love you for the technologies i’ve got from you for my professional works..

  • Charles

    Will this card provide smooth 4k timeline playback and editing in programs such as Davinci Resolve and Magix Vegas Pro 14?

    • francis qureshi

      Also very curious to know this!

  • Charles

    Also how would this card stack up to the 2017 edition of the Radeon Pro Duo with 32gb ddr5 ram?

  • Kan

    I waiting for Vega with ryzen they will be beast. Nvidia is all about money. AMD last hope to compete with Big Intel and Nvidia. The fight in technology and financial will be a hard battle. AMD gotta catch up faster than their competitor for the future glory

  • Alberto

    Would this video card more compatible with all Adobe Products for fast rendering or just working as always?

  • Zawislak

    kiedy bedzie w polsce

  • NathanBrutal

    Hmmm, is vega trying to compete with the titan x card by Nvidia? Or is it trying to hit a lower price range with more power? Because I honestly don’t know which would benefit more.

  • Simon

    OK Why should we wait mr raja!!! give us a soild answer…

  • Săndel

    OMG I will be able to fill one 4u with 640 compute units!!! >:))))))

  • namely

    a good portion of your cards are going to miners but rx5xx series is a disappointment for mining. we need vega with cli app for linux (or per card in MB bios/uefi) that allows users to set voltages/frequencies the way they need to. If AMD released a powerful vega card that was easily customizeable (without slavewareOS and preferably open driver, even the opencl part) that performed well for mining different cryptocurrencies, lasted a long time and was really well cooled, it would have a hard time keeping them on the shelves (please do though). maybe have a minimum standard for mining and other classes of cards that card manufacturers could get their cards certified to? better capacitors, etc with 5 year warranty? AMD has had a lead in mining over nvidia but the lackluster rx5xx series threatens that, at least temporarily. A user can potentially use third party software to try and change card bios values and reflash but i want a safer/official alternative from AMD/manufacturers. Using my card the way i need to shouldn’t require jumping through a bunch of unsupported hoops just because i value my digital freedoms. i hope vega empowers miners to continue to be profitable with AMD.

  • Siddhant

    Where can I buy the Frontier edition? And when can I buy/expect it delivered?

  • Linards Reinis Rozitis

    Good! But how fast can it render Premiere Pro cc?

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  1. 1 Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of May 15th 2017 with the Radeon™ Vega Frontier Edition graphics card, Intel® Xeon E5 2640v4 2.4Ghz 10C/20T, Dual Socket, 32GB per socket, 64GB Total, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, ROCm 1.5, and OpenCL 1.2. The Nvidia Tesla P100, was tested on a system comprising of Intel® Xeon E5 2640v4 2.4Ghz 10C/20T, Dual Socket, 32GB per socket, 64GB Total, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS with CuDNN 5.1, Driver 375.39 and Cuda version 8.0.61. When using the DeepBench Benchmark, Radeon™ Vega Frontier Edition completed in 88.7 ms and the Nvidia Tesla P100 completed in 133.1 ms. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. VG-9
  2. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of May 12th, 2017 on a test system comprising of Intel E5-1650 v3 @ 3.50 GHz, 16GB DDR4 physical memory, Windows 10 Enterprise 64-bit, Radeon™ RX Vega Frontier Edition / NVIDIA Geforce TitanXp, AMD graphics driver 17.20/NVIDIA graphics driver 382.05 and Samsung 850 PRO 512G SSD. Benchmark Application: SPECViewperf 12.1 catia-04 viewset: Radeon™ RX Vega Frontier Edition score: 135.78, NVIDIA Geforce TitanXp score: 107.29. Performance Differential: (135.78-107.29)/107.29 = ~26.55% faster performance on Radeon™ RX Vega Frontier Edition. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPVG- 001
  3. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of May 12th, 2017 on a test system comprising of Intel E5-1650 v3 @ 3.50 GHz, 16GB DDR4 physical memory, Windows 10 Enterprise 64-bit, Radeon™ RX Vega Frontier Edition / NVIDIA Geforce TitanXp, AMD graphics driver 17.20/NVIDIA graphics driver 382.05 and Samsung 850 PRO 512G SSD. Benchmark Application: SPECViewperf 12.1 creo-01 viewset: Radeon™ RX Vega Frontier Edition score: 83.94, NVIDIA Geforce TitanXp score: 65.20. Performance Differential: (83.94-65.20)/65.20 = ~28.74% faster performance on Radeon™ RX Vega Frontier Edition. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPVG- 002
  4. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of May 12th, 2017 on a test system comprising of Intel E5-1650 v3 @ 3.50 GHz, 16GB DDR4 physical memory, Windows 10 Enterprise 64-bit, Radeon™ RX Vega Frontier Edition / NVIDIA Geforce TitanXp, AMD graphics driver 17.20/NVIDIA graphics driver 382.05 and Samsung 850 PRO 512G SSD. Benchmark Application: SPECViewperf 12.1 sw-03 viewset: Radeon™ RX Vega Frontier Edition score: 114.88, NVIDIA Geforce TitanXp score: 67.75. Performance Differential: (114.88-67.75)/67.75 = ~69.56% faster performance on Radeon™ RX Vega Frontier Edition. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPVG- 003