AMD announces Radeon VII graphics: Zen 2 on track

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However, AMD threw us for a bit of a loop with regards to the naming of the new graphics card series.

At its CES 2019 keynote, AMD debuted an unnamed octa-core, 16-thread part based on the company's new 7nm Zen 2 architecture. Damn, this AMD Radeon VII is just layers upon layers of clever.

The Radeon VII, the world's first consumer 7nm graphics card, promises to deliver twice the memory, more than twice the memory bandwidth and up to 29 percent higher gaming performance than the Radeon RX Vega 64 GPU.

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.

AMD has used its CES 2019 keynote to unveil a new flagship gaming GPU called the AMD Radeon VII, built on a 7nm process and using its second-generation Vega architecture, and it will be launching on February 7th 2019 for $699 (roughly £660 when converted with 20 percent added for tax). Interestingly the RX Vega 64 houses, you guessed it, 64 CUs, which means the new Radeon VII actually has fewer GCN cores inside it.

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The Radeon VII goes on sale of Feb 7 for $699.

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). Nvidia's 2080 RTX runs $799, though third-party manufacturer prices vary.

AMD will also give the highly anticipated Resident Evil 2, Devil May Cry 5 and Tom Clancy's The Division 2 for free with the purchase of an eligible AMD Radeon VII graphics card or Radeon VII powered PC.

"AMD loves gaming and AMD loves gamers", Su said. Content creators can expect to see a 30 per cent boost in performance over the RX Vega 64 in content creation workloads like Blender and up to 60 per cent for OpenCL, while gamers see increases of 25 to 42 per cent increases over the RX Vega 64 in 4K gaming. 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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