AMD Unveils 7nm Radeon VII GPU as Response to NVIDIA's RTX 2080

Radeon VII performance

AMD Unveils 7nm Radeon VII GPU as Response to NVIDIA's RTX 2080

However, AMD threw us for a bit of a loop with regards to the naming of the new graphics card series. This is the second generation of AMD's Vega graphics architecture, hence the VII - Vega 2.

It's not clear if we'll see any downstream Radeon VII products.

The Radeon VII comes with support for the DirectX 12 and Vulkan 3D APIs, allowing for better gaming performance ranging from 25 up to 42 percent improvements depending on the game, also when compared to the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 GPU.

Exceptional capabilities: The Radeon VII graphics card is built upon 7nm process technology, delivering higher gaming performance than the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics card. However, the company's CEO, Dr. Lisa Su, divulged rather less about the anticipated next-generation EPYC processors. It will be fabricated on TSMC's 7nm FinFET process and uses a slightly gimped version of the Vega 20 GPU, offering 60 Compute Units and a total of 3,840 stream processors running at "up to 1.8GHz". Interestingly the RX Vega 64 houses, you guessed it, 64 CUs, which means the new Radeon VII actually has fewer GCN cores inside it.

The AMD Radeon VII will go on sale on 7 February priced at $699 (around £545). The recent launch of the RTX 2060 demonstrated that Nvidia's Turing architecture can hit Vega 64 where it hurts, with that $350 GPU delivering 95 percent of Vega 64 performance. Its 16GB of HBM2 (second-generation high bandwidth memory) as mentioned pushes through ultra-fast speeds.

AMD's early CES 2019 keynote was mostly a rehash of other points the company has addressed already at the event, including its new 12nm Ryzen Mobile parts and the company's general collaboration with Microsoft and others in the gaming and creative industries. Nvidia's 2080 RTX runs $799, though third-party manufacturer prices vary. With AMD Radeon FreeSync technology, the popular, standards-based adaptive sync technology supported by more than 550 gaming monitors, gamers can experience smooth gameplay at every level. So, still no news as to when that little beauty is going to make an appearance, but we're still betting on Computex, around the same time as the new AMD Ryzen 3000 CPUs...

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