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

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

"AMD Radeon VII is the highest-performance gaming graphics card we ever created", said Scott Herkelman, corporate vice president and general manager, Radeon Technologies Group at AMD.

Naturally, AMD Radeon VII will support FreeSync 2, Async Compute, Rapid Packed Math and Shader Intrinsics. Damn, this AMD Radeon VII is just layers upon layers of clever. It delivers up to 35 percent higher performance in Battlefield V when compared to the Radeon RX Vega 64 card, and it delivers up to 25 percent higher performance in Fortnite.

To this end, Dr. Su recapped on the significant strides made by the consumer Ryzen and server-focussed Epyc processors, built on an all-new architecture and connectivity fabric created to scale easily to 32 cores and 64 cores, respectively, bringing more compute per socket to both ecosystems than ever before. The GPU features 60 compute units and AMD claims that it offers a 25 percent uplift in performance compared to the Radeon Vega 64 at the same power level.

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- Radeon 7 will have up to 30% better performance over the RX Vega 64 in content creation workloads like Blender and up to 60% better for OpenCL.

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.

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. Windows gaming performance is 25~42% faster over RX Vega 64 with 4K gaming.

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The AMD Radeon VII and its 16GB of ultra-fast HBM2 memory will have to compete with NVIDIA's freshly-announced GeForce RTX 2080 GPU.

KitGuru Says: If AMD can continue its current trend of trading blows with Intel at a lower price, then Zen 2 will likely be another big success.

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.

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