AMD shares more details on Radeon VII

Published: Jan 10th 2019, 12:27 GMT   Comments

AMD Radeon Vega II = VII = 7 (nm)

Some say that Radeon VII took everyone by surprise, others think it was imminent. The reality is that AMD is not abandoning high-performance graphics just yet, as the company is still planning to compete with NVIDIA Turing.

AMD Radeon VII featuring 7nm Vega architecture comes with 3840 Stream Processors, which means that the GPU does not have all cores enabled. To justify the cost, the full chip is likely reserved for Radeon Pro/Instinct series. Unless AMD is still planning to introduce the full GPU for gaming, we simply don’t know yet.

What we have learned from AMD presentation is that 7nm 331 mm2 GPU will compete against 12nm 545 mm2 processor from NVIDIA. But can both silicons even be compared, if the latter comes with additional cores for deep learning and ray tracing? Probably not, they are not even on the same node.

AMD Radeon VII will not compete with TITAN RTX, it will not compete with RTX 2080 Ti either. Instead, AMD is focusing on GeForce RTX 2080, the 8GB GDDR6 replacement for GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

AMD solution features twice as much memory (16 vs 8GB), which is also twice as fast (1 TB/s vs 0.45 TB/s). It does not have Tensor Cores or RT Cores equivalent but is this really that important considering how few games support DXR?

We have no way of knowing how power efficient 7nm Vega really is, this will be verified by independent reviews as they drop around February 7th.

AMD Radeon VII Specifications
VideoCardz.comRadeon VIIRadeon RX Vega 64Radeon RX Vega 56GeForce RTX 2080
GPU7nm Vega14nm Vega14nm Vega12nm TU104
Die Size
331 mm2
495 mm2
495 mm2
545 mm2
Unified Cores
Base Clock
1450 MHz
1247 MHz
1156 MHz
1515 MHz
Boost Clock
1800 MHz
1546 MHz
1471 MHz
1710 MHz
16 GB HBM2
1 TB/s
494 GB/s
494 GB/s
448 GB/s
Launch Price
699 USD
599 USD
399 USD
699 USD
Launch DateFebruary 7th, 2019August 14th, 2017August 14th, 2017Sept. 20th, 2018

Update: AMD also released more gaming performance benchmarks (source: Overclock3D):

Source: HardwareLuxx

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