AMD shares more Radeon VII details

Donna Miller
January 13, 2019

AMD has launched the world's first 7nm Radeon VII GPU at CES 2019 which it claims can support 4K gameplay with utmost ease.

What makes the Radeon VII interesting is its price, and while Nvidia might have the upper hand with RTX in terms of ray tracing and DLSS, which have yet to be seriously implemented in games, the Radeon VII has a $100 lower suggested retail price compared to the RTX 2080, as the price of Nvidia's RTX 2080 Founders Edition is now $799, while AMD asks for $699, with three nice titles bundled with the card. With a 4,096-bit memory interface and a memory clock speed of 1GHz, the card will also come with a staggering 1TB/s of raw memory bandwidth available, which is more than double Vega 64 which sits at 484GB/s. Based on those specifications, it is very clearly a Radeon Instinct MI50 revamped into a gaming-focussed SKU. Under the hood, it's still the same Vega architecture that led to the disappointing reception of RX Vega 64 and Vega 56. Speaking to PCWorld after AMD's announcement, Jen-Hsun called the Radeon 7 lousy, and commented that the Nvidia RTX will "crush it". The Vega VII will have a TDP of 300W, 5W higher than the Vega 64 and almost 100W more than NVIDIA's RTX 2080. The truth is most of the FreeSync monitors do not work. Overall, the AMD Radeon VII can be compared with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080, that is, until the flagship card from NVIDIA that it is not hold.

Physically, the card shown onstage was a large triple-fan model which looks set to be the AMD reference unit. AMD may be still planning to introduce the full GPU for gaming, we simply don't know yet. The new Radeon VIIis based on new 7nm process tech and is equipped with a capacious 16GB of HBM2.

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At launch, the Radeon Vega VII and systems that use it will qualify for AMD's "Raise the Game" game bundle, which includes free copies of Resident Evil 2, Devil May Cry 5, and The Division 2.

I would expect to see Navi unveiled just before or during Computex 2019 and priced lower than Radeon VII (which costs $699). More information is available on the official website.

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