Radeon Vega Frontier Edition Barely Beats The GTX 1080, But Then Again It Does Not Have To
The Radeon Vega Frontier Edition has been released and few people have managed to get their hands on this GPU. One of the users has tested the GPU and published results online and here we are going to take a look at the numbers and tell you how it compares to the GTX 1080. The GPU has been paired with the i7-4790K processor, ASUS Maximus VII Impact motherboard and 16 GB DDR3 RAM.
An SSD has been used for the benchmarks and the OS of choice is Windows 10. The new Radeon Vega Frontier optimized drivers have been used for the benchmarks and these drivers allow users to switch between professional and game mode. Note that this GPU is not aimed at the gaming market but you could if you already have it and fancied a bit of Crisis or something.
The 4K benchmark score in 3DMark FireStrike Ultra for the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition was 5200 and compared to the 5000 that the GTX 1080 manages to achieve, this seems like a waste of money but remember that these are early drivers and we will be getting final builds in a week or two. Besides this GPU is not supposed to go up against the GTX 1080.
The GTX 1080 is a gaming oriented GPU and the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition is a GPU aimed at the professional market. The Radeon Vega Frontier Edition is not optimized for gaming and I doubt the average consumer is going to spend $1000 on a graphics card for gaming. Keep this in mind before passing judgment.
I would give AMD a couple of weeks for the final drivers to come out before I hammer the nail in the coffin but be clear that this is a pointless comparison and has only been made for comparison sake and nothing more. This could give us an idea of what the gaming Vega GPUs will be capable of.