Wednesday, January 9th 2019

AMD Announces the Radeon VII Graphics Card: Beats GeForce RTX 2080

AMD today announced the Radeon VII (Radeon Seven) graphics card, implementing the world's first GPU built on the 7 nm silicon fabrication process. Based on the 7 nm "Vega 20" silicon with 60 compute units (3,840 stream processors), and a 4096-bit HBM2 memory interface, the chip leverages 7 nm to dial up engine clock speeds to unprecedented levels (above 1.80 GHz possibly). CEO Lisa Su states that the Radeon VII performs competitively with NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card. The card features a gamer-friendly triple-fan cooling solution with a design focus on low noise. AMD is using 16 GB of 4096-bit HBM2 memory. Available from February 7th, the Radeon VII will be priced at USD $699.

Update: We went hands on with the Radeon VII card at CES.
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157 Comments on AMD Announces the Radeon VII Graphics Card: Beats GeForce RTX 2080

#1
hat
Enthusiast
Damn, please be true... I just hope it also beats the RTX 2080 in price. HBM is expensive though...
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#3
R0H1T
$699 US :toast:
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#4
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
Why 60 CU instead of 64 CU? AMD giving themselves wiggle room in terms of manufacturing? Or was it designed with 60 from the start to make room for more memory controllers?
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#5
LocutusH
Lets just hope, it wont eat twice as much...
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#6
the54thvoid
hat
Damn, please be true... I just hope it also beats the RTX 2080 in price. HBM is expensive though...
An over-clocked, die-shrunk Vega 64 with less CU cores? Conceivably they could annihilate the RTX2080 on pricing.

It is the same chip so really, they can afford to keep the price down. But I fear UK pricing to be between 500-600 pounds, when really, for a die shrink it should be comparable to the Vega 64.

EDIT - just saw pricing - designed to compete on price with RTX 2080. Damn. Dropped ball right there.
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#7
OneMoar
There is Always Moar
hello 300w power consumption
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#8
Dimi
Beats it by 1fps for only $100 more... I am seeing this correctly right?
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#9
btarunr
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Dimi
Beats it by 1fps for only $100 more... I am seeing this correctly right?
You can find a 2080 at $599?
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#10
FMinus
Dimi
Beats it by 1fps for only $100 more... I am seeing this correctly right?
I haven't seen a RTX 2080 below $800
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#11
the54thvoid
btarunr
You can find a 2080 at $599?
It's £689 for cheapest in UK and we've got our hefty life-saving tax (20%) in that price. It'll be £700+ in UK.

UK to US tax-free conversion makes the RTX 2080 about $740
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#12
bug
"Performs competitively" in underdog parlance doesn't mean it beats the competition, it means if offers like 90% of the performance.
Could still be competitive, depending on pricing *cough*HBM*cough*. But AMD has just admitted they can't touch Nvidia's best this generation either. Scratch that, I just saw this is just Vega 20.
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#13
Dimi
btarunr
You can find a 2080 at $599?
Woops i was thinking of the 2070. My bad.

FMinus
I haven't seen a RTX 2080 below $800
There's several on newegg for $699. I don't know where you are looking for RTX 2080's but i suggest you look elsewhere.
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#14
Gasaraki
Beats RTX2080? We'll see. Click bait title much?
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#15
Kovoet
This looks very interesting. Might just wait for this before getting the 2080.
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#16
MrGenius
2x the VRAM. Don't forget that. So you're getting A LOT more for your money actually.
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#17
jabbadap
Vulkan and strange brigade, why would anyone play that game anything else than DX12 renderer. But I don't blame them using that game to prove Vulkan power, I doubt performance difference would have been rosy for them on Wolf2...
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#18
NdMk2o1o
I thought there would be no 7nm consumer graphics cards from amd this year and they would be focused on the gpgpu market, still if amd has anything to compete with rtx 2080 then that in itself is an achievement, now Dr Su where the hell is the ryzen 2 announcement pleaseeeee
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#19
Arpeegee
Damn it's looking like the RX 590 was a foreshadowing of the pricing structure AMD has decided to take against Nvidia; keep prices comparable to comparable performance. This might hurt AMD more than make them competitive in the long term.
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#20
Jism
FordGT90Concept
Why 60 CU instead of 64 CU? AMD giving themselves wiggle room in terms of manufacturing? Or was it designed with 60 from the start to make room for more memory controllers?
Yes. And perhaps 4 more CU's did'nt weight up against performance, power or archieved clock-speeds. They put the best performing chips always in enterprise market. Gamers basicly get the chips that where not suitable for enterprise for whatever reason.

16GB seems a bit too much; but on the other hand i think it was more cheaper then go for the 8GB route as it requires a change into the interposer. Imo future proof video card with 16GB of ram!

Is'nt 2.4Ghz Boost state a bit over the top? That's fast for a vega.
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#21
TesterAnon
$700 and 300W+?
yeah i dont think so.
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#22
Metroid
$699 for hbm and performance equal to rtx 2080, i guess that is a yes for me, now the question is power consumption.
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#23
TesterAnon
Metroid
$699 for hbm and performance equal to rtx 2080, i guess that is a yes for me, now the question is power consumption.
Its 2 8pin, you do the math.
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#24
yakk
Really wasn't expecting 16GB HBM cards under $1,000. It's a buy for me!
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#25
R0H1T
Two 8 pins doesn't automatically mean 300W TDP, I remember the Polaris meltdown when the cards were pulling above 75W from the PCIe slot. This could just be to avoid that same brouhaha.
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