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AMD’s subsequent flagship video card would be the Radeon VII. The VII slots in above the RX Vega 64 and averages about 29 p.c quicker, placing it inside spitting distance of Nvidia’s RTX 2080.

The GPU contained in the VII known as Vega 20, which is a die-shrunk model of the Vega 10 within the Vega 64. The Vega 10 is constructed on GlobalFoundries’ 14nm course of; the Vega 20 is constructed on TSMC’s 7nm course of. This new course of has enabled AMD to considerably enhance the clock fee from a peak of 1564MHz within the Vega 64 to 1,800MHz within the VII. The brand new card’s reminiscence subsystem has additionally been uprated: it is nonetheless utilizing HBM2, nevertheless it’s utilizing 16GB clocked at 2Gb/s with a four,096-bit bus in comparison with 8GB clocked at 1.89Gb/s with a 2,048-bit bus. This offers a complete of 1TB/s reminiscence bandwidth.

The brand new chip has 128 ROPs to the previous chip’s 64, doubling the variety of rendered rasterized pixels it will probably produce. Nonetheless, it does fall behind its predecessor in a single spec: it has solely 60 compute items (three,840 stream processors) in comparison with 64 (four,096 stream processors).

With the clock-speed enhance greater than making up for the lack of CUs, the brand new chip delivers single-precision floating-point efficiency of 13.eight teraFLOPS in comparison with 12.7 from its predecessor. AMD is claiming that it roughly matches the RTX 2080 in quite a few video games, with Battlefield V, Far Cry 5, and Unusual Brigade all referred to as out as titles the place the VII ties or beats the RTX 2080 at 4K with most settings.

Nonetheless, the VII does not have the RTX 2080’s raytracing help and is probably going extra power-hungry, because it’s anticipated to attract 295-300W. Nonetheless, it signifies that the cardboard is nice sufficient for single GPU 4K gaming.

This is not the primary Vega 20 product to hit the market. The Radeon Intuition MI50 and MI60 compute playing cards already use Vega 20. These playing cards, which have no show outputs, are aimed toward information facilities in addition to for machine studying, rendering, and different compute-intensive duties. The MI50 has the identical 16GB/60 CU configuration and runs at near the identical 1,800MHz, so it seems to be as if the Radeon VII is a consumerized model of the MI50.

The brand new card will turn out to be out there on February 7 and can price $699. AMD will likely be promoting a model of the cardboard straight, and there ought to be third-party variations coming, too. AMD’s model will ship with Resident Evil 2, Satan Could Cry 5, and The Division 2.


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