Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

The Radeon Vega VII is "Underwhelming" says Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang

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The site's Gordon Mah Ung reports that in response to a query about what he thought about AMD's latest graphics card, Huang branded it simply as "underwhelming". The company President and CEO Lisa Su announced that the processor will launch in mid-2019.

While AMD gave us a few hand-picked benchmarks that showed how the Radeon VII performs against the Radeon RX Vega 64 and the GeForce RTX 2080 when it first announced the card earlier this week, benchmark figures for roughly two dozen games were hidden in plain sight. TSMC's 7nm production is likely to be quite expensive in the case of a 331 mm silicon chip, as will the four HBM2 RAM stacks on the 4096-bit memory interface. Speaking to PCWorld after AMD's announcement, Jen-Hsun called the Radeon 7 lousy, and commented that the Nvidia RTX will "crush it". Whether frame rates will turn this into a single or a triple, we'll have to see in testing. "And if we turn on ray tracing we'll crush it".

Huang didn't feel like stopping there in his AMD technology critique.

One man who doesn't seem to be impressed with the new Radeon GPU is Nvidia's CEO Jensen Huang. As FreeSync has been tested numerous times by ourselves and various distinguished tech sites, and in HEXUS labs as recently as a couple of weeks ago, (iiyama G-Master GB2560HSU-B1 review) we don't agree with Huang's assertion.

That's promising, though the GeForce RTX 2080 has the benefit of real-time ray tracing and DLSS, features that are not available in the Radeon VII. As you know, we invented the area of adaptive sync.

As you would expect, the Radeon VII will offer full FreeSync 2 HDR support, with AMD proudly pointing to its ever-growing FreeSync ecosystem and a total monitor count that now exceeds 550.

Using the Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid Cooled Edition, the theoretical FP32 computing power only increases marginally. About 25 per cent improved performance on average. This tallies favourably with AMD's keynote assertions. For comparison, Nvidia's RTX 2060 sports a starting price of $346. AMD says the new chip can provide up to 36% higher performance than its previous top-of-the-line graphics cards.

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