AMD pushes into new frontiers with Vega GPU
By Digital News Asia July 5, 2017
- Isn’t just for games but is suited for the complex workloads of data scientists and professionals
- Comes in two models with one air-cooled and the other liquid-cooled
SEMICONDUCTOR company Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has released details of its much-anticipated Radeon Vega Frontier Edition graphics processing unit (GPU).
More than just a GPU for gamers, AMD says its new Radeon GPU is the world’s first graphics card to empower the next generation of data scientists, game designers and visualisation professionals.
The new GPU is said to simplify and accelerate game creation by providing a single GPU that is optimised for every stage of a game developer's workflow from asset production to playtesting and performance optimisation.
Delivering the horsepower required for design and manufacturing firms, the Vega Frontier Edition is said to be able to drive increasingly large and complex models. It also can be deployed to perform real-time visualisation and physically-based rendering.
With its support for the open software ecosystem, it gives a new breed of developers and filmmakers the ability to break new ground in virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree video content, enabling creators to stitch high-resolution videos in real time. AMD says the GPU achieved the maximum possible score in SteamVRbenchmark.
AMD adds that the new Radeon is targeted towards professionals seeking to achieve photorealistic detail in computer-generated imagery. With its expanded capacity of traditional GPU memory to 256TB, users can tackle massive datasets with ease.
“We are dedicating the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition to all the visionaries and trailblazers, offering unmatched performance in the most demanding design, rendering and machine intelligence workloads,” said AMD Radeon Technologies Group senior director and general manager for Radeon Pro business Ogi Brkic.
According to AMD the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition GPUs are already available though pre-orders are needed for those purchasing from Singapore. It costs US$999 for the air-cooled edition. The water-cooled edition is expected to launch in Q3 at a price of US$1,499.