AMD boasts that the card, which packs a gamer-friendly triple cooling system, offers 25 per cent more performance, at the same power, as previous Vega graphics. Just in case it's not clear AMD is using Roman numerals there, so it's pronounced Radeon Seven, and is coming February 2019.
- Radeon 7 will have up to 30% better performance over the RX Vega 64 in content creation workloads like Blender and up to 60% better for OpenCL.
AMD's demo shots show the card compared against the RTX 2080, suggesting that AMD will continue to target the upper part of the market without offering competition against the RTX 2080 Ti.
While AMD has no current hardware-based answer to Nvidia's DLSS or real-time ray tracing techniques enabled by the Turing architecture, AMD did wheel out a developer from Tom Clancy's The Division 2 to point out that it will support advanced features found in Vega like shader intrinsics, rapid packed math, and asynchronous compute. Dominate your games and shatter records with the world's first 7nm gaming GPU, future-ready and built to meet the demands of high-performance gameplay. Radeon VII.5? Radeon VII+?
But the 7nm process also allows the GPU to be run faster too, and the Vega core at the heart of the Radeon VII is running at up to 1,800MHz.
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Along with the 7nm GPU AMD is also filling the Radeon VII with a huge amount of video memory, and that means a full 16GB of HBM2 - way more than even the RTX 2080 Ti.
The demo also is indicative that Ryzen 3000 is not yet launched and AMD also did not share anything on model numbers meaning that short term you can not expect the new procs, but it will be the "middle of" this year for sure. There's a chance that across the board of DX11 and the dwindling number of DX12 games that the Radeon VII might start to lag behind a touch.
One major question for the new card is whether AMD will be able to do anything about Nvidia's GPU price increases and overall competitive position.
And what of Navi?
- 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Mobile CPUs as announced earlier this week.