The brand new 7nm Radeon VII GPU was an surprising announcement at AMD CEO Dr Lisa Su’s CES 2019 keynote final week, and only a few precise specs and particulars had been disclosed on the occasion. Extra data has come trickling out over the previous few days, a few of which is attention-grabbing and a few which may dampen the attraction of this new top-end gaming {hardware}. The Radeon VII would be the world’s first 7nm gaming GPU when it launches on February 7. It should supersede the present top-end Radeon RX Vega 64, at the least till AMD launches its Navi technology of GPUs, anticipated later this 12 months.

First and most surprinsgly, TweakTown cites unspecified trade contacts who appear to recommend that your entire manufacturing run of AMD Radeon VII playing cards might be lower than 5,000 items, and that there might be no customized playing cards from the same old companion manufacturers. AMD has introduced retail gross sales from its personal web site, however companions ought to have the ability to ship the identical reference design items as nicely. A small manufacturing run would match this GPU’s area of interest standing, with the timeline of Navi-based GPUs launching within the second half of this 12 months.

The AMD Radeon VII is aimed toward players who need easy body charges at 4K, or the rising ultra-wide 3440×1440 decision, or very excessive body charges at full-HD. It should even be aimed toward those that wish to stream gameplay video on-line whereas enjoying, or those that wish to create video games and different inventive content material however do not want a professional workstation-grade GPU.

AMD claims a efficiency uplift of 29 % on common in comparison with the Radeon RX Vega 64. Whereas it has not printed any comparisons with Nvidia’s efficiency numbers, the Radeon VII might be anticipated to commerce blows with the GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce RTX 2080. AMD will be unable to high Nvidia’s flagship GeForce RTX 2080 Ti with this product.    

As for specs, AMD has solely shared a few details. The Radeon VII GPU is codenamed Vega 20, and has 3,840 stream processors and 240 texture items with 64 ROPs (render output items). Radeon VII graphics playing cards utilizing AMD’s reference design will function 16GB of HBM2 reminiscence on a 4096-bit bus for as much as 1TBps of reminiscence bandwidth.

The AMD Radeon VII is claimed to be virtually equivalent to the 7nm Radeon Instinct MI50 accelerator which was launched in November 2018, and makes use of the identical Vega 20 die and reminiscence configuration. Nonetheless, double-precision floating level operations is not going to be supported, almost definitely to be able to differentiate the Radeon VII as a gaming GPU somewhat than an expert accelerator. The buyer card can even not assist PCIe 4.0. Alternatively, the Radeon VII runs barely quicker at a base clock of 1450MHz and a lift clock of 1800MHz.

The TDP score of the Radeon VII is the same 300W because the Radeon Intuition MI50, which is significantly greater than Nvidia’s present choices. The usage of a triple-fan reference cooler does recommend that this GPU will run sizzling, which might restrict its attraction.

Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang publicly dissed the Radeon VII as “awful” and “nothing new” at CES shortly after its introduction, as quoted by PC World. He urged that it’s going to barely sustain with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 GPU despite the fact that it is a 7nm GPU with HBM2 reminiscence. Calling AMD’s return to high-end GPU efficiency “underwhelming”, he cited the brand new GPU’s lack of AI and ray tracing capabilities, which the just lately launched GeForce RTX sequence ship.

In response, AMD’s Lisa Su solely remarked that Huang hasn’t seen the Radeon VII in motion but, and that sport builders are usually not but very concerned in ray tracing. In response to AMD CTO Mark Papermaster, ray tracing might be necessary sooner or later however there is a lengthy growth cycle to undergo first.

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