AMD Announces Radeon VII: 7nm Vega Coming to the Consumer Market

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Indeed, Dr Lisa Su and her tech minions performed a live demo of the Cinebench R15 benchmark to show it in action, pitting their unnamed 8-core / 16-thread 3rd Gen Ryzen CPU against Intel's Core i9-9900K at its stock frequency of 3.6GHz (which for reference is still a 14nm CPU).

The Radeon VII is created to offer a proper response to NVIDIA's RTX 2080 which, until now, did not have a competitor on the graphics card market.

The first major announcement today was Radeon VII, the world's first 7nm gaming graphics card based on Vega 2.

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To this end, Dr. Su recapped on the significant strides made by the consumer Ryzen and server-focussed Epyc processors, built on an all-new architecture and connectivity fabric created to scale easily to 32 cores and 64 cores, respectively, bringing more compute per socket to both ecosystems than ever before.

The AMD Radeon VII GPU is expected to start shipping on February 7th 2019 with a recommend retail price of $699 excluding taxes, which is roughly £660 including 20 percent tax when converted directly.

Just in case you'd forgotten what AMD's Dr Lisa Su was talking about for a second... Its 16GB of HBM2 (second-generation high bandwidth memory) as mentioned pushes through ultra-fast speeds.

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It does need to be said that the performance benchmarks that AMD has presented for the Radeon VII are very much hand-picked and that when the full suite of modern PC games and benchmarks are pushed through the 7nm Vega GPU things might look a lot different.

Already divulged to some extent at the Next Horizon technology event in November 2018, Dr. Su used the considerable platform of CES to reaffirm that third-generation Ryzen chips are on track for a mid-2019 release.

- 2nd Gen EPYC with 7nm Zen 2 seeing 2x performance per socket, 4x floating performance per socket. Unsurprisingly, they'll be designated the Ryzen 3000 series, and like the Epyc chips above, will be based on 7-nm Zen 2 cores. The benchmark shows this mystery chip scoring 2023 points, which is nearly identical to the Core i9 9900K. Looking strong in the CPU arena, especially as Intel is having trouble ramping up production for its rival processors, Ryzen and Epyc ought to do well, picking up market share by dint of solid performance and, just as importantly, far better availability. Read about the key features of the AMD Radeon VII graphics below.

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