AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition available from US$999

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To refresh your memory, the AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition features 64 Next-Generation Compute Units (nCUs) for a total for 4,096 stream processors and supports double-rate 16-bit math, which accelerates image/video processing, ray tracing, and AI computations. The Radeon Vega Frontier Edition is not optimized for gaming and I doubt the average consumer is going to spend $1000 on a graphics card for gaming.

The AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition comes in two varieties: air cooled or liquid cooled. "The high-airflow I/O bracket and vented anodized backplate are a beautifully executed example of how form can follow function and still make for a attractive product". This pushes it into the same sphere as NVIDIA's Quadro and Tesla cards, and not the TITAN Xp so much. The AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition was faster by about 14 percent in Maxon's Cinebench - a popular OpenGL benchmark. A visualization powerhouse, the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition GPU offers exceptional multi-GPU scaling, with 91 percent faster rendering using two Radeon Vega Frontier Edition GPUs. It can be used to cache external memory and storage devices, giving the Vega Frontier Edition the ability to access up to 256TB (yes, TB) of virtual memory.

In line with the professional orientation, AMD is bundling both the Pro Mode and Gaming Mode drivers in one package.

According to the post, Radeon Vega Frontier Edition cards will have1600MHz peak clock with a "Typical clock" of 1382MHz sustained performance.

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"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. Combined with Radeon Loom, AMD's revolutionary 360-degree video stitching technology, creators can stitch high-resolution video in real time.

On the other hand, AMD claimed that they will include dual-mode drivers for the Frontier Edition card.

The Frontier Edition has been produced with the likes of data scientists and creative professionals in mind, as well as game developers. The water-cooled edition is expected to launch in Q3 with an SEP of $1499.

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