AMD's new Radeon Vega Frontier Edition is now available, with some reviewers getting their hands-on the card and putting it through its paces. Radeon Vega Frontier is a professional card and not a gaming card, with AMD preparing the Radeon RX Vega for gamers and consumers, due out in around a month from now.
Until then, PC Perspective has reviewed and thrown the Radeon Vega FE into some light, heavy, and gaming tests - but how did it perform? Early leaks of performance teased GeForce GTX 1070 levels of performance, and while most people called them out as fake... it appears they were right. Vega FE is around GTX 1070/1080 performance, even with its super-fast 16GB HBM2 memory, but this isn't the gaming variant, so more performance could be squeezed from RX Vega before it arrives.
PCPer reports that Vega FE is around 25-45% faster than the Radeon R9 Fury X, which is saying something. Fury X is still a good card for 4K gaming, but starts to show its age with newer games that push the lowly 4GB of HBM1 on the card to its limits.
Now, this brings us to an interesting discussion point: pricing of Radeon RX Vega. If AMD are launching a GTX 1070 competitor that uses HBM2, it's not going to be cheap - HBM2, is not cheap by any means. For a GTX 1070 competitor, RX Vega with 4GB HBM2 (HBCC will let it act like a much stronger card in the VRAM department) it would have to be $399, while an 8GB HBM2-based Radeon RX Vega could be priced at $549-$599 and compete with the GTX 1080 FE and GTX 1080 11Gbps cards.
For professionals, the AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition in PCPer's words "fares much better, splitting the line between the features, performance, and support that NVIDIA offers between its GeForce and Quadro products. By enabling those features, and in doing so giving the Vega FE the ability to battle a much higher performance GPU (otherwise) in this space, AMD is hoping to convince those creators to take notice and invest. To be clear, in most cases, the P5000 Quadro card will offer performance that exceeds Vega FE, but at double the price".