AMD officially announces its next-generation high performance gaming GPUs, Radeon VII

Ceria Alfonso
Enero 10, 2019

As disclosed by AMD, the Radeon VII graphics card will be available beginning February 7, with a price tag of $699. Radeon 7 is their first consumer desktop 7nm GPU.

Enabling real-time 3D and compute applications: The Radeon VII graphics card delivers the performance required for demanding 3D rendering and video editing applications, and next-generation compute workloads.

The Radeon VII is created to offer a proper response to NVIDIA's RTX 2080 which, until now, did not have a competitor on the graphics card market.

AMD has also revealed some initial benchmarks in which the AMD Radeon VII is 35% faster than Radeon RX Vega 64 in Battlefield 5, 25% faster in Fortnite and 42% faster in Strange Brigade. Radeon VII.5? Radeon VII+? The GPU features 60 compute units and AMD claims that it offers a 25 percent uplift in performance compared to the Radeon Vega 64 at the same power level. The Vega 10 is built on GlobalFoundries' 14nm process; the Vega 20 is built on TSMC's 7nm process. While that may not sound all that impressive on the face of it, high-refresh gaming requires strong single-threaded performance, and keeping the resolution relatively low helps emphasize the CPU over the GPU.

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Built on the same Vega 20GL architecture and employing an identical 3,840 cores (60CUs) running at 1.8GHz alongside 16GB of HBM2 memory, AMD reckons it is, on average, 29 per cent faster than the Radeon Vega 64 across a wide number of games tested at a 4K resolution. But that also means that Radeon VII is going to be one hugely expensive graphics card too.

During its Cinebench demo, AMD also displayed the maximum power draw of the Intel system running at 179.9-watts while the new Ryzen system maxed out at 133.4-watts - which makes it about 30% more power efficient. This new GPU is of course directed at content creators and gamers. I guess maybe that changed when AMD saw the pricing and performance of the Nvidia RTX range... Well, Dr. Su mentioned the next-gen GPU architecture by name only once, when mentioning the future architectures of AMD.

There were plenty of Ryzen 3000 and Zen 2 rumours floating around prior to AMD's CES keynote today.

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