AMD announces Radeon VII graphics: Zen 2 on track

Donna Miller
January 10, 2019

During AMD's CES press conference, CEO Lisa Su presented the first look at Devil May Cry 5 running on PC powered by the newly announced Radeon VII video card. This necessitates an adjustment to AMD's product stacks and it now appears that the new performance kick may come from these new Radeon VII cards rather than exclusively from Vega price cuts.

Here's the Radeon VII in the flesh. Toss it out for $700 and AMD could make a mark on the enthusiast gaming landscape without having to so much as mention real-time ray tracing.

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

Built on the enhanced second-generation AMD "Vega" architecture, AMD Radeon VII provides 2X the memory, 2.1X the memory bandwidth, up to 29 percent higher gaming performance on average, and up to 36 percent higher performance on average in content creation applications compared to the current top-of-the-line AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics card.

More importantly, AMD says the Radeon VII will be able to deliver up to 25% more performance for the same amount of power - which is good news considering how loud and hot the Vega 64 now runs. I'll have to wait until review samples are available to see if this claim holds up, of course, but with the card launching on February 7th worldwide, it shouldn't be too long before we can find out.

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- The Radeon 7 (Radeon VII) was announced today as their new high-end GPU. 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. For gamers, AMD Radeon VII enables maximum settings for extreme framerates at the highest resolutions.

Basically, you're looking at a 12% increase in performance with this AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation processor. The company even showed off Devil May Cry 5 running at 4K getting more than 60fps, though that was very hard to tell on a 720p 30fps stream of the keynote.

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. Of course, I'll have to wait until the game comes out to see how the RTX 2080 fares by comparison.

Will it be the RTX 2080 rival we've been waiting for?

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