Although the AMD Radeon RX Vega Frontier Edition are graphics cards that were not launched with Gaming in mind , it is clear that many users would buy them for it even if it was a secondary mode. However, performance has been rather disappointing , and AMD has wanted to make it clear that we should not take the results seen so far by far. According to the first leaks that have occurred, the game performance of the Frontier Edition has been rather disappointing, placing between a GTX 1070 and a GTX 1080. Given that AMD was expected to launch a graphics solution that exceeded the GTX 1080 Ti , This has been quite disappointing, even though from the outset the red company warned that these graphics were not designed to play. But of course, 4096 Stream Processors and 16 GB of HBM2 memory, bearing in mind that Vega is the first high-performance architecture since the Fury, should give a lot more of it in theory.
Of course, AMD said the RX Venga Frontier Edition were not graphics for gaming, but then released two sets of different drivers: Pro, for professional environments, and then Gaming Mode, which in theory is to allow developers to easily pass From a development mode to a test mode for games (to test them, logically) simply by pressing a button on the controllers. However, this button "Gaming Mode", the only thing it does until now is to remove Wattman from the control panel of AMD, since in terms of performance does not improve anything.
Apparently, there has been quite a lack of information regarding this. According to what AMD has said, it’s not that this is a magic button that boosts game performance because it does, but simply gives developers an easy way to access driver updates for normal users, which Are launched much more often than those of developers, to be able to try out the latest games. In any case, remember that the Frontier Edition are graphics designed for developers and not for users looking for performance in games.
What AMD wants to tell us is that we should not take as a reference the results that have been published until now, because they are not an identification of what we will see when they release the version for normal users of Vega architecture. In other words, we can continue to hope that AMD will release a GPU capable of exceeding the current top of NVIDIA range which is the GTX 1080Ti.