AMD arrived at CES this year armed with its brand new high-end graphics card, the Radeon VII. Using the company's second-generation Vega architecture, it is the first consumer GPU built on the 7nm process. This gaming-focused card arrives right after the company released the world's first 7nm Radeon Instinct compute cards late last year.
The Radeon VII features 16GB of HBM2 in the memory department, one TB/s of memory bandwidth, and 60 compute units running at 1.8GHz. The card will cost $699 and aims to compete with Nvidia's high-end RTX 2080 graphics card.
Aimed at 4K gaming, AMD says the new card will perform over 25% faster than previous Vega GPUs while drawing the same power levels thanks to its more efficient 7nm process. As examples, AMD showed off some slides that had its new GPU going blow for blow with the RTX 2080 in Far Cry 5 (DirectX 11) and Battlefield V (DirectX 12). In the Vulkan title Strange Brigade, however, the Radeon card took the lead as usual.
The compute application benchmarks that were displayed also had the Radeon VII outperforming the previous generation of Vega cards easily, with performance gains of almost 30% in Blender and Adobe Premier, while boasting boosts of up to 62% in OpenCL.
The $699 Radeon VII is slated to go on sale on February 7 worldwide and will also come with the same free games bundle - Devil May Cry 5, The Division 2, and Resident Evil 2 remake - that AMD is currently offering with its RX and Vega cards.
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