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AMD announces Radeon VII graphics: Zen 2 on track

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As disclosed by AMD, the Radeon VII graphics card will be available beginning February 7, with a price tag of $699. "Radeon VII has better performance in some of the latest Vulkan games like "Strange Brigade" and is very competitive at both DX11 and DX 12 games".

The Radeon VII is created to offer a proper response to NVIDIA's RTX 2080 which, until now, did not have a competitor on the graphics card market.

The Radeon VII, the world's first consumer 7nm graphics card, promises to deliver twice the memory, more than twice the memory bandwidth and up to 29 percent higher gaming performance than the Radeon RX Vega 64 GPU. The Radeon VII also supports HDR gaming at 1080p, ultrawide 1440p and 4K, and 8K monitors. So what's inside the new Radeon VII? Features like Async compute, rapid packed math and shader intrinsics also namechecked. We assume that marks the boost clock of the gaming GPU, but that is still some 300MHz quicker than the boost clocks of the RX Vega 64.

But the 7nm process also allows the GPU to be run faster too, and the Vega core at the heart of the Radeon VII is running at up to 1,800MHz. 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.

Just in case you'd forgotten what AMD's Dr Lisa Su was talking about for a second...

The demo also is indicative that Ryzen 3000 is not yet launched and AMD also did not share anything on model numbers meaning that short term you can not expect the new procs, but it will be the "middle of" this year for sure.

The AMD Radeon VII comes with 60 compute units running up to 1.8Ghz, will provide 25% more performance at the same power, and will offer 1TB/sec memory bandwidth.

While exact performance of course remains to be seen, it's interesting that AMD is basing its gaming-focussed version of Vega 20 on the cut down variant of the GPU, as the additional cores on a fully enabled version could have enabled RTX 2080-beating performance - going by AMD's own figures and our own rough calculations, at least. Well, Dr. Su mentioned the next-gen GPU architecture by name only once, when mentioning the future architectures of AMD.

3rd Gen Ryzen CPUs actually have two separate dies to help it achieve super fast speeds.

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