Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

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

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

The Radeon VII will go on sale for $699 on February 7. Our latest game benchmark results suggest that the Radeon VII will come in slightly below the Nvidia RTX 2080, as on average that offers a little over 30 percent more performance than the Vega 64. The company's new Radeon VII GPU is its second generation Vega Graphics core, with features like Async Compute, Rapid Packed Math and Shader Intrinsics.

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. So what's inside the new Radeon VII?

The RX Vega 64 has 4,096 GCN cores, while the 7nm 60 CU version of the Vega core contains 3,840 GCN cores.

AMD will also offer customers who buy an eligible AMD Radeon VII video card or a Radeon VII-powered computer the Resident Evil 2, Devil May Cry 5 and Tom Clancy's The Division 2 games, as part of its "Raise the Game Fully Loaded" bundle. Windows gaming performance is 25~42% faster over RX Vega 64 with 4K gaming. The Vega 10 is built on GlobalFoundries' 14nm process; the Vega 20 is built on TSMC's 7nm process. And that, along with the boost from the 7nm Vega architecture, could be what brings the Radeon VII up to the performance level of the RTX 2080. But that also means that Radeon VII is going to be one hugely expensive graphics card too. 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.

AMD were also keen to emphasise that their 3rd Gen Ryzen CPUs will be the first PC platform to support the super fast PCIe 4.0 standard, letting it take advantage of some of the faster graphics cards (hello Radeon 7) and devices that are coming out this year.

"AMD loves gaming and AMD loves gamers", Su said. All things being equal Far Cry 5 and Battlefield V both generally favour AMD GPUs thanks to their history with its GCN architecture. I guess maybe that changed when AMD saw the pricing and performance of the Nvidia RTX range...

3rd Gen Ryzen CPUs actually have two separate dies to help it achieve super fast speeds.

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