AMD Unveils Radeon VII, Says it Outperforms Nvidia 2080 RTX

Angelica Greene
January 10, 2019

AMD has officially announced its next-generation high performance gaming graphics card, the AMD Radeon VII. This new Radeon VII GPU is built on 2nd gen "Vega" architecture and offers 16GB memory, 1TB/s memory bandwidth and up to 29 percent higher gaming performance compared to its predecessor.

The GPU landscape is more nebulous, though the introduction of Radeon VII is a left-field move that could cause a problem for the high-end RTX GPUs: we have only another month to find out for ourselves.

Similarly, Su showed off benchmark tests on Battlefield V, Fortnite, and Strange Brigade running 25 to 42 percent faster compared with the Radeon RX Vega 64. Indeed, the chip maker has just announced its 3d gen Ryzen desktop processors, which will be the first consumers CPUs using the company's 7nm process node.

The Radeon VII goes on sale of Feb 7 for $699.

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AMD boasts that the card, which packs a gamer-friendly triple cooling system, offers 25 per cent more performance, at the same power, as previous Vega graphics. Interestingly the RX Vega 64 houses, you guessed it, 64 CUs, which means the new Radeon VII actually has fewer GCN cores inside it.

But the 7nm process also allows the GPU to be run faster too, and the Vega core at the heart of the Radeon VII is running at up to 1,800MHz. 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. With price parity against the RTX 2080, AMD is clearly angling to challenge that chip, but we won't know how effective that challenge will be until we have hardware in-house. That said, AMD did show some slides showing performance that was equivalent to the RTX 2080 and even greater than it in an unspecified Vulkan title.

AMD will also give the highly anticipated Resident Evil 2, Devil May Cry 5 and Tom Clancy's The Division 2 for free with the purchase of an eligible AMD Radeon VII graphics card or Radeon VII powered PC. This new GPU is of course directed at content creators and gamers.

AMD just talked about 3rd-gen Ryzen on 7nm aka Ryzen 3000.

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