THE WORLD’S FIRST 7nm GAMING GPU
AMD RADEON VII 1.3x Faster Then Rx Vega 64
The Radeon VII will be the first graphics card to be built on AMD’s – or anyone’s, really – 7nm architecture. Comparatively, Nvidia’s Turing architecture just managed to hit 12nm. According to AMD, its new 7nm process allows this GPU to increase performance by 25% overall over last year’s model without having to draw any more power.
THIS GPU HAS 16 GB VRAM
This GPU also touts twice as much video memory as the previous model with a whopping 16GB of HBM2 VRAM. The only other graphics card to feature more video memory than that is the $2,499 (£2,399, AU$3,999) Nvidia Titan RTX. That might sound like an absurd amount of VRAM, but high-res games already often require more than 8GB of memory. All of that HBM2 memory is also going to appeal to creative and professional users who use applications like Adobe Lightroom and Sony Vegas.
The Radeon VII also features 3,840 of AMD’s Graphics Core Next (GCN) cores and a maximum boost clock of 1,800MHz – about 300MHz faster than the Vega 64 – matching the factory overclock Nvidia applies to the Founders Edition version of the GeForce RTX 2080.
THE SIGNIFICANTLY LOW PRICE
The AMD Radeon VII launches at a starting price of $699 (about £550, AU$980). That’s quite a bit more expensive than AMD’s previous flagship GPU, the Radeon Vega 64, which originally launched at a $499 or £549 (about AU$630) price back in August 2017. Yes, it has really been that long since AMD has announced a new high-end GPU. That said, AMD considers the Radeon VII’s direct competitor to be the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080, which costs between as little as $699 (£649, AU$1,119) or up to $799 (£749, AU$1,299) with the Founders Edition. One silver lining to the Radeon VII’s high price is the card will come bundled with free vouchers for Devil May Cry V, Resident Evil 2 and The Division 2 – all three games, not just your choice of one.