Liquid cooled Vega Frontier Edition cards incoming


The great and the good of AMD were out in force last night at their Financial Analyst Day where they took the wraps off the first Vega card set to launch in June, the Titanesque Radeon Vega Frontier Edition. FP16 performance is also through the roof, coming in at 25 TFLOPs.

The Radeon RX 560 has an official launch date listed as April 18th and was actually available in some regions, mostly Asia, but has been just recently officially unveiled by AMD. Feeding the GPU is 16GB of HBM2 memory on a super-wide 2048-bit bus.

During the event AMD also announced that it will be releasing a 16 core professional CPU too. this added to AMD's silence about its gaming vega cards at the event indicates that they are now targeting the professional market rather than gamers, so it maybe a long wait for vega gaming graphics cards. That would make Vega a better performer than Nvidia's current champ, the GTX Titan Xp, which sports 12 teraflops of single-precision FP32.

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Apparently there will be two flavours of the Vega Frontier Edition - Blue and Gold, with the former being a traditional air-cooled model, and the latter using a fancy liquid cooling system. "[.] We're working as hard as we can to bring you Radeon RX Vega". Indeed, AMD is touting this as "the most powerful graphics card in the world for AI and applications" and expect to see this being employed by serious performance users.

AMD set reference clocks at 1175MHz for GPU base, 1275MHz for GPU Boost while memory is set to work at 7000MHz. The latter isn't an official GlobalFoundries designation, but hints at an improved manufacturing process.