AMD Reveals Radeon VII: High-End 7nm Vega Video Card Arrives February 7th for $699
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As it turns out, the video card wars are going to charge into 2019 quite a bit hotter than any of us were expecting. Moments ago, as part of AMD’s CES 2019 keynote, CEO Dr. Lisa Su announced that AMD will be releasing a new high-end, high-performance Radeon graphics card. Dubbed the Radeon VII (Seven), AMD has their eyes set on countering NVIDIA’s previously untouchable GeForce RTX 2080. And, if the card lives up to AMD’s expectations, then come February 7th it may just as well do that.
Today’s announcement is interesting in that it’s just as much about technology as it is the 3D chess that is the market positioning fights between AMD and NVIDIA. Technically AMD isn’t announcing any new GPUs here – regular readers will correctly guess that we’re talking about Vega 20 – but the situation in the high-end market has played out such that there’s now a window for AMD to bring their cutting-edge Vega 20 GPU to the consumer market, and this is a window AMD is looking to take full advantage of.
At a high level then, the Radeon VII employs a slightly cut down version of AMD’s Vega 20 GPU. With 60 of 64 CUs enabled, it actually has a few less CUs than AMD’s previous flagship, the Radeon RX Vega 64, but it makes up for the loss with much higher clockspeeds and a much more powerful memory and pixel throughput backend. As a result, AMD says that the Radeon VII should beat their former flagship by anywhere between 20% and 42% depending on the game (with an overall average of 29%), which on paper would be just enough to put the card in spitting distance of NVIDIA’s RTX 2080, and making it a viable and competitive 4K gaming card.
|AMD Radeon Series Specification Comparison|
|AMD Radeon VII||AMD Radeon RX Vega 64||AMD Radeon RX 590||AMD Radeon R9 Fury X|
|Memory Clock||2.0Gbps HBM2||1.89Gbps HBM2||8Gbps GDDR5||1Gbps HBM|
|Memory Bus Width||4096-bit||2048-bit||256-bit||4096-bit|
|Single Precision Perf.||13.8 TFLOPS||12.7 TFLOPS||7.1 TFLOPS||8.6 TFLOPS|
|Manufacturing Process||TSMC 7nm||GloFo 14nm||GloFo/Samsung 12nm||TSMC 28nm|
|GPU||Vega 20||Vega 10||Polaris 30||Fiji|
|GCN 4||GCN 3|
|3.0 x16||3.0 x16||3.0 x16|