AMD's Radeon Vega Frontier Edition's "game mode" has no effect on performance

Will this change with future driver revisions?

AMD's Radeon Vega Frontier Edition's

AMD's "Gaming Mode" has no impact on their Vega FE's gaming performance 

Let's be clear, AMD's Vega Frontier Edition was not released with gamers in mind. Even so, performance numbers for this new GPU were desperately sought after by the community to at least give us a first glimpse of what Vega was capable of. 

Several review outlets have been able to get their hands on AMD's Vega Frontier Edition, with Gamers Nexus taking the opportunity to access the impact of the GPU's "Gaming Mode", discovering that the card performed identically in every game or professional workload that they tested.  

To say the least "Pro Mode" and "Gaming Mode" look identical with current driver revisions, apart from a few different options in AMD's Radeon Settings, leaving Gamers Nexus to conclude that either the Pro/Gaming driver switching feature is either pointless or unfinished. At best AMD has not delivered the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition with a capable gaming driver, giving users limited performance at launch, but at worst this driver switching feature is completely meaningless. 

In all of the testing done by Gamers Nexus, "Pro Mode" and "Gaming Mode" delivered performance that was within 1% of each other, well within margin or error. This will no doubt leave some AMD fans excited that a new "Gaming Driver" is coming to enhance Vega's performance, but it is unknown exactly how much of a performance impact this new driver will have. 

 

(Gamers Nexus' full video on the subject)

 

There has been a lot of rumours surrounding AMD's upcoming RX Vega GPU, with many stating that several of Vega's new features have been limited with the Founders Edition's current driver set, which should allow the Radeon RX Vega to offer a performance advantage in games, though the performance impact of these changes remain unknown. 

 

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07-07-2017, 12:33:39

The_Governour
I saw this before, it did not look very good for AMD. If u release a 1000€ card that is NOT marketed as a gaming card but then has a GAMING switch.....

On top of all that then it has NO impact to gaming now - as it is. As some one stated before, BOTH the Titan Xp and the Vega card are Gaming cards as PROFESIONAL working cards have optimized drivers etc from the start FOR WORK. That is part what you are paying for.Quote

07-07-2017, 19:59:52

Dicehunter
I watched DudeRandom84 on YouTube as he just got a Vega FE to mess around with and the performance wasn't that good, I know it's not touted as a gaming card, Even though it has a gaming mode, But considering the RX-Vega is just going to be the same exact core and core count as the F.E but with probably slightly less memory, I don't think drivers will be able to make such a big difference, Maybe 20% over the F.E at best being extremely optimistic but that's it.

My hopes for having an all AMD rig are waning, As AlienALX always says, This is just being realistic about it.Quote

07-07-2017, 20:44:55

NeverBackDown
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Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
I watched DudeRandom84 on YouTube as he just got a Vega FE to mess around with and the performance wasn't that good, I know it's not touted as a gaming card, Even though it has a gaming mode, But considering the RX-Vega is just going to be the same exact core and core count as the F.E but with probably slightly less memory, I don't think drivers will be able to make such a big difference, Maybe 20% over the F.E at best being extremely optimistic but that's it.

My hopes for having an all AMD rig are waning, As AlienALX always says, This is just being realistic about it.
Being realistic about it would be to wait.Quote

07-07-2017, 20:46:04

Excalabur50
I really hate to say this but i think Vega is going to be a nearly DOA card, too little too late by AMD, and only fanboi's or those who have invested already in a high end freesync monitor are going to be happy for this card, those of us who have invested in Nvidia's architecture aren't going to find Vega good enough to warrant changing over IF that was intended.
Such a shame really seeing as their CPU's have advanced so much that they are unable to advance their GPU's a well and TBH I think it's been a big mistake to keep Fafing about with HBM it may be their downfall.
Oh well maybe next time they'll get it right Quote

07-07-2017, 20:47:46

Dicehunter
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Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
Being realistic about it would be to wait.
Yes and no, You can draw some conclusions from the FE about how RX will be as it is the same core, Same core count, Same architecture and same memory being used albeit probably slightly less on the RX.

It's just an electronic product at the end of the day.Quote
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