Just about two weeks ago, AMD finally unveiled the full hardware details about the first Radeon Vega graphics card. The card, which is built mainly for data scientists, immersion engineers and product designers, comes with 4096 stream processors, 64 compute units, 13.1 TFLOPS single-precision floating point performance, 26.2 double-precision floating point performance and 16GB HBM2 memory in two stacks with memory bandwidth of 483GBps. With a TDP of 300 watts (air-cooled) and 375W(liquid-cooled), the graphics card supports 3 1.4 DisplayPort and HDMI 4K60. With such impressive specs, how does the AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition fare against the mighty Nvidia Titan Xp? Read on to find out!
AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition Vs Nvidia Titan Xp
As mentioned, the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition isn’t for gamers but targeted for data scientists, immersion engineers and product designers. According to reports, AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition has managed to beat Titan Xp in some of the tests. The tests were conducted on two PCs set up by AMD with identical Ryzen 7 1800X CPUs, 32GB of DDR4/2400, SSDs, 4K panels and Windows 10 Enterprise Edition. One of the machines was powered by Nvidia Titan Xp while the other by Radeon Vega Frontier Edition cards.
In the SolidWorks test, Vega Frontier Edition was able to beat Titan Xp with scores higher by nearly 50 percent. In Catia and Creo, the Frontier Edition scored 28 percent higher than Titan Xp. The AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition was faster by about 14 percent in Maxon’s Cinebench – a popular OpenGL benchmark.
Although AMD didn’t quite reveal more about the gaming performance, the tests on Doom using Vulkan, Prey using DirectX 11 and Sniper Elite 4 using DirectX 12 with highest game settings and native resolution of the panels puts the Vega Frontier Edition somewhere in between GTX 1080 and GTX 1080Ti when it comes to gaming performance.
From the other non-gaming tests, it looks like AMD Vega Frontier Edition performs significantly better than Nvidia Titan Xp. However, it’s to be noted that the comparison of AMD card is against the consumer-focused Titan Xp. Nvidia’s Quadro Workstation offers higher performance while Titan Xp works only with consumer drivers.