AMD announces the $699 Radeon VII: 7nm Vega, coming February

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AMD’s next flagship video card will be the Radeon VII. The VII hollows in above the RX Vega 64 and averages about 29 percent faster, lay it within spitting distance of Nvidia’s RTX 2080.

The GPU inside the VII is called Vega 20, which is a die-shrunk view of the Vega 10 in the Vega 64. The Vega 10 is built on GlobalFoundries’ 14nm treat; the Vega 20 is built on TSMC’s 7nm process. This new process has enabled AMD to truly boost the clock rate from a peak of 1564MHz in the Vega 64 to 1,800MHz in the VII. The new dance-card’s memory subsystem has also been uprated: it’s still using HBM2, but it’s make use ofing 16GB clocked at 2Gb/s with a 4,096-bit bus compared to 8GB clocked at 1.89Gb/s with a 2,048-bit bus. This quits a total of 1TB/s memory bandwidth.

The new chip has 128 ROPs to the old chip’s 64, doubling the add up of rendered rasterized pixels it can produce. However, it does fall behind its forerunner in one spec: it has only 60 compute units (3,840 stream processors) be in a classed to 64 (4,096 stream processors).

Update: AMD has now said it has 64 ROPs.

With the clock-speed push up more than making up for the loss of CUs, the new chip delivers single-precision floating-point effectuation of 13.8 teraFLOPS compared to 12.7 from its predecessor. AMD is claiming that it innumerable or less matches the RTX 2080 in a number of games, with Battlefield V, Far Cry 5, and Weird Brigade all called out as titles where the VII ties or beats the RTX 2080 at 4K with top settings.

However, the VII doesn’t have the RTX 2080’s raytracing support and is liable more power-hungry, as it’s expected to draw 295-300W. Still, it means that the behave is good enough for single GPU 4K gaming.

This isn’t the first Vega 20 by-product to hit the market. The Radeon Instinct MI50 and MI60 compute cards already use Vega 20. Those pasteboards, which don’t have any display outputs, are aimed at data centers as well enough as for machine learning, rendering, and other compute-intensive tasks. The MI50 has the same 16GB/60 CU configuration and reaches at close to the same 1,800MHz, so it looks as if the Radeon VII is a consumerized version of the MI50.

The new index card will become available on February 7 and will cost $699. AMD transfer be selling a version of the card directly, and there should be third-party variants coming, too. AMD’s version will ship with Resident Evil 2, Deuce May Cry 5, and The Division 2.

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