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

Judy Cobb
January 10, 2019

This is the second generation of AMD's Vega graphics architecture, hence the VII - Vega 2.

Using a 7nm manufacturing process (much like the Radeon 7) and based on the company's new "Zen 2" x86 core architecture that they use for their server-grade Epyc processors, AMD said their 3rd Gen Ryzen CPUs will "absolutely set the bar on performance, technology and power efficiency".

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. It delivers up to 35 percent higher performance in Battlefield V when compared to the Radeon RX Vega 64 card, and it delivers up to 25 percent higher performance in Fortnite. Aside from having the jump on 7nm for desktops, AMD CEO, Lisa Su, also announced that 3rd Gen Ryzen processors will be the first in the world to support PCIe 4.0. 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.

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 new GPU will be available from February 7 for $699.

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The GPU inside the VII is called Vega 20, which is a die-shrunk version of the Vega 10 in the Vega 64.

If it can match the performance of the RTX 2080, however, Nvidia has already established that you can charge up to $800 for such a card.

KitGuru Says: If AMD can continue its current trend of trading blows with Intel at a lower price, then Zen 2 will likely be another big success.

The AMD Radeon VII and its 16GB of ultra-fast HBM2 memory will have to compete with NVIDIA's freshly-announced GeForce RTX 2080 GPU.

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. 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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