In the AMA (Ask Me Anything) event at Reddit Raja Koduri, leader of Radeon Technologies Group, said that Radeon RX Vega will be present at the Computex 2017 press conference.
In contrast to the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition aimed at professionals in the field of animated rendering or graphics computing, Radeon RX Vega is a high-end GPU gaming line from Radeon devoted to enthusiast gamers. RX Vega is the first consumer product to use High Bandwidth Memory 2 (HBM 2) technology. Because this technology is still very new, the performance of RX Vega can not be known with certainty, but clearly they are targeted to compete with the GTX 1070Ti and GTX 1080Ti lines from NVIDIA.
Although not directly answering whether Radeon RX Vega has performance comparable to Frontier Edition, the King says that RX Vega is optimized for the heaviest game titles that currently exist. Even some ‘taste’ RX Vega will be stronger than Frontier Edition, Radeon Vega series that is for professional users.
Radeon Vega water cooled
Will RX Vega use water cooling too?
The international enthusiast gamers community has waited long enough for Radeon Technologies Group to release the latest flagship product. The last flagship product from Radeon that targets the enthusiast gamer market is the R9 Fury line and two water cooled GPUs, R9 Fury-X, and R9 Fury Nano. Although the performance is very good this GPU line is not able to compete with NVIDIA in terms of energy efficiency and heat. All three are still on the market, but they were released in mid 2015. Since then there has been no new product launched by Radeon so that high-end gaming GPU from NVIDIA has no competitors.
This causes NVIDIA as the only player in the market segment to fix a very high price for their products. Even their latest flagship GPU, GTX 1080Ti, is priced at over Rp 10,000,000! Compared to the previous flagship products that are usually released in the price of 9 millions, this clearly shows the bad monopoly effect for consumers.
It is time for competition in this segment. Let’s hope the press conference at Computex 2017 brings us new options in buying the GPU.