AMD Launches The World's Fastest Graphics Card For $999

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AMD has unleashed its Radeon Vega Frontier Edition graphics card aimed at professional users, with the basic card going on sale for $999 (around AU$1,315) over in the US.

To refresh your memory, the AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition features 64 Next-Generation Compute Units (nCUs) for a total for 4,096 stream processors and supports double-rate 16-bit math, which accelerates image/video processing, ray tracing, and AI computations.

AMD will start shipping Radeon Vega Frontier Edition on Monday for $1200, while the liquid-cooled variant costs $1800. "The high-airflow I/O bracket and vented anodized backplate are a beautifully executed example of how form can follow function and still make for a attractive product". Developers can now use the power of the "Vega" architecture for machine learning algorithm development on the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition faster than with any other GPU on the market, before deploying it out to massive servers equipped with Radeon Instinct accelerators. Aside from that, AMD has also posted the final specs of the newest card. If you've got a line on a Frontier Edition, let us know if you can be without it for a few days. Radeon Vega Frontier Edition is priced at $1200, the same as the TITAN Xp, but the TITAN Xp is limited to consumer level drivers. It can be used to cache external memory and storage devices, giving the Vega Frontier Edition the ability to access up to 256TB (yes, TB) of virtual memory.

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This is a big thing for game developers as they can save on having two separate system for designing, optimizing and testing the game in its early stages. This includes everything from asset production to playtesting and performance optimization. The new Radeon Pro Settings can switch between "Radeon Pro Mode" and "Gaming Mode" to alternate between development acceleration and gaming performance optimisations.

The user #define has tested the Vega Frontier Edition graphics card in 3DMark running three different routines. For example with Radeon Loom creators can stitch high-resolution video in real time at up to 8K x 4K.

As a premium professional/prosumer oriented card, AMD is throwing in a liquid cooled model in Q3 as well.