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AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition PCB exposed

AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition PCB exposed

AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition PCB exposed

AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition PCB exposed

 
AMD's Radeon Vega Frontier Edition has been exposed by the boffins over at PCPerspective, revealing the GPU's PCB design and several interesting new aspects of the GPU. 
 
We can see that the PCB of this new GPU features a lot of free space, thanks to the space-saving nature of HBM2 memory, which offers a reduced footprint when compared to GDDR5/5X based GPU solutions. With HBM all of the GPU's onboard memory is on the same package as the GPU core itself, rather than scattered over the same PCB. 

  

AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition PCB exposed

 

The cooler on this GPU is cooled by a vapour chamber, which then transfers heat onto a copper heat stack that is then cooled by a blower-style fan. The heatsink used here seems a lot smaller than what we see on Nvidia's GTX Titan series GPUs

It is very interesting to see a similar cooling design as the reference RX 480 on such a high TDP card, though users have not reported R9 290X-style thermals or fan speeds, which means that AMD is certainly not returning back to that era with Vega. 

  
AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition PCB exposed
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Below we can see the Radeon Vega package, with a GPU die size of 27.85mm x 20.25mm for the GPU excluding the HBM2 memory that is on the same package. This gives a die area of 564mm^2

The whole GPU package is 47.3mm x 47.3mm, giving a package area of 2,237mm^2. 

  
AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition PCB exposed

 

The benefits of AMD's Radeon Vega design can see seen from the relatively bare PCB, which will allow the company to save on SMT components and on the GPU's PCB. Even so, the PCB needs to be extended to normal sizes to accommodate a larger cooler design to keep this GPU cool under load.

 

You can join the discussion on AMD's Radeon Vega Frontier Edition GPU on the OC3D Forums.

  

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Most Recent Comments

30-06-2017, 19:43:52

NeverBackDown
Is this cooler going to be the same stock one as the gaming versions of the card? Do you know if that is confirmed Mark?Quote

03-07-2017, 02:53:49

Radioman
Space saving HBM is right.

Looking at this board it would make sense to develop it by lengthening it 15 to 20 mm and adding a second processor. AMD's Infinity Fabric would facilitate such an addition nicely. The big challenges would be power and cooling.Quote

03-07-2017, 03:04:02

Excalabur50
GN did a full stripdown video and review for those interestedQuote

03-07-2017, 05:07:21

NeverBackDown
Quote:
Originally Posted by Excalabur50 View Post
GN did a full stripdown video and review for those interested
Review was trash.
The strip down was interesting howeverQuote

03-07-2017, 05:16:58

AlienALX
Quote:
Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
Is this cooler going to be the same stock one as the gaming versions of the card? Do you know if that is confirmed Mark?
I'm sure I saw a pic ages ago of a brushed silver card that looked the same.Quote
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