Early AMD Vega benchmarks; Frontier Edition beating Titan Xp
AMD fans have been shaking in their seat for the upcoming Vega GPUs. Just now, early benchmarks have shown up on the only announced cards.
The Frontier Edition, the professional variant of Vega GPUs, has been benchmarked by PCWorld and the results are pretty impressive. Before the numbers, here is their testing methodology:
“AMD set up two PCs with identical everything: Ryzen 7 1800X CPUs, 32GB of DDR4/2400, SSDs, 4K panels, and even the same mouse and keyboard. Both machines ran Windows 10 Enterprise edition. One machine featured the current GeForce Titan Xp, while the second machine ran one of the first air-cooled production-level Radeon Vega Frontier Edition cards AMD has built.”
Great. And they were off to the races. Of course, Frontier slayed:
“In the given time we had to run the tests, we saw the Frontier Edition outscore the Titan Xp by 28 percent in Catia and Creo to 50 percent in SolidWorks. We also ran Maxon’s Cinebench, a popular OpenGL benchmark, in which the Frontier Edition was about 14 percent faster. The numbers echo what we already knew about the Frontier Edition, but this time we could see the performance demonstrations live.”
Now, I already hear you. I know Frontier is meant more as a professional card and less as a consumer product. However, that’s not 100% true. Nivida’s Quadro cards are much more expensive than the consumer counterparts, driving more prosumers to replace low-end professional cards with faster consumer GPUs.
AMD wants to fit in the middle of that space, offering a high-end solution that, while expensive, bridges the gap between a consumer and professional product, regaining them the throne of professional, GPU-heavy environments.
The Frontier Edition cards will start shipping on Monday, with the rest of the Vega line-up being revealed in late July. You can pre-order the cards here.