Today, AMD launched its Vega Frontier Edition, but without any review as the absence of review samples from AMD to any outlet. Though a lucky customer has already gotten his hands on a Radeon Pro Vega Frontier Edition and he is posted the pictures and some benchmarks to give us the first actual look of the cards performance.
The PC which he is using for this test is rocking an Intel Core i7 4790K (apparently at stock 4GHz), an ASUS Maximus VII Impact motherboard, and 16 GB (2×8) of Corsair Vengeance Pro Black DDR3 modules, running at 2133 MHZ, and a 550 W PSU.
From GPU-Z screenshot we can see the full specification of Radeon Pro Vega Frontier Edition.
Now, for benchmarks, he ran 3DMark’s FireStrike graphics test and reported that the Pro drivers’ score “didn’t make sense”, which we assume means are uncooperative with actual gaming workloads. On the Game Mode driver side, though, #define reports GPU frequencies that are “all over the place”. This is probably a result of AMD’s announced typical/base clock of 1382 MHz and an up to 1600 MHz peak/boost clock. It is as of yet unknown whether these frequencies scale as much with GPU temperature and power constraints as NVIDIA’s pascal architecture do, but the fact that #define is using a small case along with the Frontier Edition’s blower-style cooler could mean the graphics card is heavily throttling. That would also go some way towards explaining the actual 3DMark score of AMD’s latest (non-gaming geared, I must stress) graphics card: a 17,313 point score isn’t especially convincing. Other test runs resulted in comparable scores, with 21,202; 21,421; and 22,986 scores. However, do keep in mind these are the launch drivers we’re talking about, on a graphics card that isn’t officially meant for gaming (at least, not in the sense we are all used to.) It is also unclear whether there are some configuration hoops that #define failed to go through.
He posted some new benchmarks and run The Witcher 3, at 1080p Über mode with Hairworks off, the Vega Frontier Edition was giving around 115 frames per second when in open field, and around 100 FPS in city environments.