YouTube’s ‘DudeRandom84’ has tested AMD’s Radeon Vega Frontier Edition in DOOM and compared it with both NVIDIA’s GTX1080 and GTX1080Ti graphics cards. And the results fall in line with what we are basically expecting from the gaming/consumer variant of the upcoming Vega GPU.
AMD’s Radeon Vega Frontier Edition runs DOOM faster than the NVIDIA GTX1080, but noticeably slower than the GTX1080Ti. The performance difference between the GTX1080Ti and the AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition is around 23%, so in this particular title we might see the RX Vega coming close to NVIDIA’s flagship (that is if AMD will be able to offer a 20% faster performance).
Now as we’ve already said, the AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition graphics card is not meant for gamers, but for workstation users. Still, this can give us a slight idea of what we can expect from its consumer counterpart.
In related news, GamersNexus tested the “Gaming” mode that AMD introduced to its drivers for the AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition, and the results were underwhelming.
In case you didn’t know, this mode makes available the full suite of gaming features of Radeon Software to those owning an AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition.
As AMD has stated:
“To playtest and optimize the gaming experience, the exclusive ability of the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition to switch from Radeon Pro Settings to Radeon Settings and back with a couple of clicks enables rapid switching between software features for faster iteration during development workflows.
When in “Gaming Mode” the full suite of gaming features of Radeon Software are made available, including Radeon Chill 5 and Radeon WattMan 6.
Game developers can also use the wealth of no-cost open development tools and software found on GPUOpen.com to optimize their next-generation gaming experiences for the pinnacle of AMD graphics technology.”
In theory, this should improve performance in games. However, and according to GamersNexus, there weren’t any real performance differences between the “Pro” and the “Gaming” mode. Whether this is due to immature drivers or not remains to be seen.