Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

CES 2019: AMD unveils 7nm gaming GPU, Radeon VII

CES 2019: AMD unveils 7nm gaming GPU, Radeon VII

Toss it out for $700 and AMD could make a mark on the enthusiast gaming landscape without having to so much as mention real-time ray tracing.

Replacing the Radeon Vega 64 at the very top of AMD's gaming GPU stack, the Radeon VII will offer twice the memory of its predecessor with a whopping 16GB of HBM2 (High Bandwidth Memory 2). Weren't they meant to be AMD's next gen graphics cards? So what's inside the new Radeon VII?

Before we start talking about how it compares to the competition, however, let's talk numbers.

AMD took to the stage at CES 2019 today to take the wraps off of Radeon VII, the world's first 7nm gaming graphics card.

AMD is billing the Radeon VII as the go-to card for content creators as well, showing more than 25 percent performance increases across Blender, DaVinci Resolve 15, and Adobe Premiere. I'll have to wait until review samples are available to see if this claim holds up, of course, but with the card launching on February 7th worldwide, it shouldn't be too long before we can find out.

The GPU landscape is more nebulous, though the introduction of Radeon VII is a left-field move that could cause a problem for the high-end RTX GPUs: we have only another month to find out for ourselves. Gamers can effortlessly capture, stream and share their memorable moments and clutch victories with Radeon ReLive; monitor performance and PC system info, and socialize with the AMD Link application; and fine-tune a range of settings to fit their needs with RadeonWattMan technology. The first is third-gen Ryzen will be the first platform to support PCI Express 4.0.

AMD only showed one demo with actual frame rate data - Capcom's upcoming Devil May Cry V running at 4K on Ultra settings (handily one of the free games in AMD's current games bundle) - but with speeds well up in the 75-120fps range depending on the amount of action onscreen, it certainly looks like an impressive bit of kit. I guess maybe that changed when AMD saw the pricing and performance of the Nvidia RTX range... It's also hard to know what such a part would be called given that Radeon VII is a clear reference to the 7nm process.

If it can match the performance of the RTX 2080, however, Nvidia has already established that you can charge up to $800 for such a card.

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