AMD Radeon VII revealed as AMD's 7nm flagship gaming GPU

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AMD Radeon VII revealed as AMD's 7nm flagship gaming GPU

AMD also stated that the Radeon VII would offer increased 3D performance, with 27% more in Blender and DaVinci Resolve, as well as up to 62% better results in the OpenCL LuxMark compute benchmark when compared to the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics card.

Harnessing 7nm technology already in the machine-learning marketplace, AMD is to massage the extant Radeon Instinct 50 professional card into a gaming GPU known simply as Radeon VII, set to cost $699. This is the second generation of AMD's Vega graphics architecture, hence the VII - Vega 2. Read about the key features of the AMD Radeon VII graphics below.

Unveiled by AMD CEO Lisa Su at CES on Wednesday, the Radeon 7 takes aim squarely at Nvidia's flagship RTX 2080 GPU. AMD claims the device will offer 25% more performance while using the same level of power. The VII slots in above the RX Vega 64 and averages about 29 percent faster, putting it within spitting distance of Nvidia's RTX 2080. Windows gaming performance is 25~42% faster over RX Vega 64 with 4K gaming.

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. This new process has enabled AMD to substantially boost the clock rate from a peak of 1564MHz in the Vega 64 to 1,800MHz in the VII. With price parity against the RTX 2080, AMD is clearly angling to challenge that chip, but we won't know how effective that challenge will be until we have hardware in-house.

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.

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.

But still, a new, high-performance 7nm Vega GPU is a surprise given that AMD had previously stated it wasn't even considering the shrunken chip for a gaming release. So, still no news as to when that little beauty is going to make an appearance, but we're still betting on Computex, around the same time as the new AMD Ryzen 3000 CPUs...

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