AMD Radeon Vega Frontier is officially released and the rumors about it’s prices which was to be $1200 and $1800 is false. That pricing spread like wildfire and the good news is that price is not correct. The official price is $999 for the air-cooled Vega Frontier and the liquid-cooled Vega Frontier is $1499. This is something that is only for professionals not gamers. Sadly the liquid-cooler version won’t be out until Q3 of this year.
In terms of specs everything will be the same, liquid-cooled version will give it more of a headroom in terms of overclocking or having higher clock because it’s liquid cool.
Going over the Specs
We know that it will have 4096 extreme processor, there will be 64 next-generation of compute units or NCU. It has a 13.1 TFLOPS of single-precision, 26.2 TFLOPS of half precision. It can do 6.4 billion triangle per second, in other words that’s the polygon count.
Here’s the thing that other publication did bring up, AMD is using a term called typical engine clock. It has a typical engine clock of 1832 mhz. It used to be base clock of some splat number like 1200 mhz. It’s interesting to see that this new wording which imply that the GPU is going to run at a constant clock rate if 1382 on average when it’s not boosted. When the GPU is pushed to the limits it will peak out at 1600 mhz. This GPU requires a lot of power, it requires a minimum power supply of 850 watts or higher. The card itself can pull over 300 watts. It has 16 GB of HBM memory which we know already.
Another interesting thing, AMD is using the term HBC for the memory type. It could be a marketing strategy when it goes up against the Nvidia HPM offering. It’s a marketing tactic and if you don’t know HBC is AMD’s memory controller called High-Bandwidth Cache.