AMD Unleashes The Radeon VII, World's First 7nm Gaming GPU

Today, AMD unveiled the first 7nm gaming graphics card at the company's CES 2019 keynote. Available February 7th for $699, the AMD Radeon VII promises big performance improvements over the Radeon RX Vega 64, the company's current flagship gaming GPU. The newly announced graphics card's job also includes competing against Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2080 in the high-end segment. 

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With twice the memory and memory bandwidth, the AMD Radeon VII claims to be up to 29 percent and 39 percent faster in gaming and demanding content creation scenarios, respectively, when compared to the Radeon RX Vega 64.

AMD Radeon VII Specifications


AMD Radeon VII
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Architecture (GPU)
Graphics Core Next 5.0 (Vega 20)
Graphics Core Next 5.0 (Vega 10)
Shaders
3840
4096
Peak FP32 Compute
13.8 TFLOPS12.5 TFLOPS
Texture Units
240
256
Base Clock Rate
1450 MHz
1200 MHz
GPU Boost Rate
1800 MHz
1536 MHz
Memory Capacity
16GB HBM2
8GB HBM2
Memory Clock2000 Mbps*1890 Mbps
Memory Bus
4096-bit
2048-bit
Memory Bandwidth
1024 GB/s
483.8 GB/s
ROPs
6464
TDP
300W*
295W
Transistor Count
13.2 billion
12.5 billion
Die Size
331 mm²
487 mm²

*=unconfirmed

The AMD Radeon VII is based on AMD's second-generation Vega graphics card architecture and manufactured with TSMC's 7nm FinFET process. On paper, the Radeon VII resembles a lot like the Radeon Instinct MI50, which was one of the first graphics card to come out of the 7nm baking oven. Like the Radeon Instinct MI50, the Radeon VII sports 60 compute units resulting in 3,840 stream processors. However, the Radeon VII boasts a 1,450MHz base clock and an impressive 1.8GHz boost clock.

AMD has equipped the Radeon VII with nothing less than 16GB of high-performance HBM2 memory (second-generation High-Bandwidth Memory) across a 4096-bit memory interface. AMD stated that the Radeon VII is capable of pumping out 1 TB/s of memory bandwidth, which is twice of the Radeon RX Vega 64. The memory is probably clocked around 2,000MHz to achieve that throughput.

The Radeon VII shown by Dr. Lisa Su features a dual-slot design and triple-fan cooling solution. It draws power from a pair of 8-pin PCIe connectors, so the graphics card could possibly feature a 295W TDP (thermal design power) rating. In regards to video ouputs, the Radeon VII is equipped with three DisplayPort outputs and one HDMI port.

According to AMD's own benchmarks, the Radeon VII excels in real-time 3D and compute applications and gaming. AMD's is touting improvements up to 27 percent in Blender and DaVinci Resolve 15, 29 percent in Adobe Premiere, and 62 percent in LuxMark OpenCL in comparison to the aging Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics card. In terms of gaming, the Radeon VII is 35 percent faster in Battlefield V, 42 percent in Strange Brigade, and 25 percent in Fortnite.

With the purchase of an AMD Radeon VII graphics card or a pre-built system powered by it, customers receive AMD's latest 'Raise the Game Fully Loaded' game bundle that consists of Resident Evil 2, Devil May Cry 5, and Tom Clancy's The Division.

When it launches February 7th, the Radeon VII will be available directly from AMD as a first-party card, something team red hasn't done before. The graphics card is going to cost around $699. As is the custom, several of AMD's add-in-board (AIB) partners will also offer the Radeon VII graphics card.

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  • TCA_ChinChin
    Well that was quite disappointing to be honest. The hype train really got my hopes up.
  • poopflinger
    I know we need to wait for official tech-reviews and benchmarks but it seems this is an RTX 2080 with no ray tracing, but priced the same as an RTX 2080... That basically means this is a GTX 1080Ti with too much overly expensive VRAM. The GTX 1080Ti was $700 over 2 years ago, but they want to sell the Vega VII for $700 too? Maybe they are counting on another crypto-craze? I'm confused!!
  • kinggremlin
    Are they planning an 8 GB gaming version? 16GB of HBM2 is a horrendous waste of money for gaming. The only gamers this is going to appeal to is people who refuse to buy anything but AMD. Otherwise there is nothing interesting about this card as it doesn't move the needle anywhere.