Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
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CES 2019: AMD unveils 7nm gaming GPU, Radeon VII

CES 2019: AMD unveils 7nm gaming GPU, Radeon VII

Already divulged to some extent at the Next Horizon technology event in November 2018, Dr. Su used the considerable platform of CES to reaffirm that third-generation Ryzen chips are on track for a mid-2019 release.

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. It's possible AMD is holding a fully enabled version in reserve, but equally AMD may not be getting enough yield from fully enabled parts to justify diverting them to the lower-margin gaming market. While we don't know the answer to that yet, but another interesting point here is the power envelope. While we all had assumed (based on the logo trademark) that it would be called Radeon Vega II, it is in fact called Radeon VII.

Before we start talking about how it compares to the competition, however, let's talk numbers.

Naturally, a 4K monster card isn't going to be cheap, but with a price of $699, it's right in line with the RTX 2080. It provides up to 27 percent higher performance in the popular open source 3D creation application Blender, up to 27 percent higher performance in the professional video editing, color correction and visual effects application DaVinci Resolve 15, and up to 62 percent higher performance in the OpenCL LuxMark compute benchmark compared to the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics card. The AMD Radeon VII graphics card is expected to be available beginning February 7 for $699 United States dollars.

Still, from the looks of things, the Radeon VII's performance looks as though it will either be equal, or slightly better than Nvidia's high-end RTX 2080 card - at least when it comes to raw performance, that is, as AMD made no mention of any kind of ray-tracing support or any of the other magic frame rate boosting DLSS gubbins available over on Nvidia.

Basically, you're looking at a 12% increase in performance with this AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation processor. Damn, this AMD Radeon VII is just layers upon layers of clever. It's also worth noting that those who purchase eligible Radeon VII's will also receive free copies of Resident Evil 2, The Division 2, and Devil May Cry 5. I'll hopefully be able to find out very soon.

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