AMD's 7nm Radeon Vega VII takes aim at Nvidia's RTX 2080

AMD Radeon VII on stage

AMD Launches Next Radeon VII GPU, the World's First 7nm GPU

- Radeon VII will launch 7 February for $699 United States dollars. Radeon 7 is their first consumer desktop 7nm GPU.

The big news is that this is a high-performance graphics card that is capable of delivering gaming performance on par with, or even slightly ahead of, Nvidia's RTX 2080 in some of the latest games.

The Radeon VII comes with support for the DirectX 12 and Vulkan 3D APIs, allowing for better gaming performance ranging from 25 up to 42 percent improvements depending on the game, also when compared to the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 GPU. So what's inside the new Radeon VII? It provides up to 27 percent higher performance in the popular open source 3D creation application Blender, up to 27 percent higher performance in the professional video editing, color correction and visual effects application DaVinci Resolve 15, and up to 62 percent higher performance in the OpenCL LuxMark compute benchmark compared to the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics card. The Vega 10 is built on GlobalFoundries' 14nm process; the Vega 20 is built on TSMC's 7nm process. Windows gaming performance is 25~42% faster over RX Vega 64 with 4K gaming. 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.

Radeon VII will be clocked at speeds up to 1.8GHz and will feature 16GB of High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2). But that also means that Radeon VII is going to be one hugely expensive graphics card too. Nvidia's 2080 RTX runs $799, though third-party manufacturer prices vary.

On the laptop front, AMD said on stage that it was focusing its efforts on students enrolled in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields.

After the Radeon VII demo at its CES 2019 keynote, AMD CEO Lisa Su talked a bit more about gaming and then moved straight into the Zen 2 reveal. There's a chance that across the board of DX11 and the dwindling number of DX12 games that the Radeon VII might start to lag behind a touch. This new GPU is of course directed at content creators and gamers. Well, Dr. Su mentioned the next-gen GPU architecture by name only once, when mentioning the future architectures of AMD.

- 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Mobile CPUs as announced earlier this week.

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