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AMD have announced the AMD Radeon VII GPU and more at CES 2019

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Something that could be rather exciting for AMD enthusiasts, AMD has officially revealed the AMD Radeon VII at CES 2019. On top of that, 3rd generation Ryzen desktop processors are coming.

Getting ahead of the curve a little here, the Radeon VII is built on 7nm which makes it the first consumer-level GPU to be built with it which is interesting. AMD say it's built on an "enhanced second-generation AMD ‘Vega’ architecture" and it seems it will be a decent boost over the current Radeon RX Vega 64.

When compared directly with the RX Vega 64, AMD said it performed up to 27% higher in Blender, up to 27% higher in DaVinci Resolve and they saw up to 62% higher performance in the OpenCL LuxMark compute benchmark.

Some more specs:

  • 60 compute units
  • 3840 stream processors running at up to 1.8GHz
  • 16GB of HBM2 memory (second-generation High-Bandwidth Memory)
  • 1 TB/s memory bandwidth
  • 4,096-bit memory interface

When it comes to gaming, that was also mentioned as well of course. It's nice to see Vulkan mentioned along side DirectX too! Naturally, they're only going for big Windows games right now but they did say it offered "35 percent higher performance in Battlefield V, and up to 42 percent higher performance in Strange Brigade 1" over the Vega 64 which is quite impressive.

The Radeon VII will be available February 7, 2019 for around $699 USD.

Additionally, they've teamed up with Google to power Project Stream, Googles new cloud gaming service using their Radeon Pro GPUs.

On top of that, 3rd generation Ryzen desktop processors are coming. They will also be built on 7nm tech, based on the Zen 2 core architecture and AMD say it's the "world's first" to support PCIe 4.0 connectivity. Sounds like it's going to be a beast, as they did a preview of it against an Intel i9 9900k where the Ryzen processor came out on top while also using around 30% less power.

They're launching the AMD Ryzen 3000 series sometime in the middle of 2019.

For notebook/laptop users, they also revealed the 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Mobile processor with Radeon Vega Graphics coming to a range of devices from companies like Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Huawei, Lenovo and Samsung throughout 2019.

You can see their CES 2019 video here.

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cRaZy-bisCuiT 9 Jan, 2019
Quoting: edmondo
Quoting: heidi.wengerWhat about that much talked about "Navi"? So this is not it at all?

Navi will come later. Most of us are surprised to see Vega II at all. It seems AMD has seen an opportunity in the market for it, probably strong 7nm process (and Nvidia skyrocketing prices).
Where do you see this opportunity? The price is about the same. Just because of vram?
edmondo 9 Jan, 2019
Quoting: ThetargosRyzen 3, though, does look amazing. I was kind of hoping to see if Jim's predictions (from Adored TV) would be confirmed, sadly no. BUT to see an R3 sample at 8c16t (presumably the next R5, from the leaked docs) beat the i9 9900k at Cinebench, and the Epyc demo, really makes me want one!

Actually Jim's predictions about Ryzen are quite accurate. He was quite clear in saying "announcing" and not "launching".

Seeing the 14 nm IO die and so "much" space under the Zen 2 chiplet, I could even imagine a second one chiplet with 8 cores in case AMD wants to do it.
omer666 9 Jan, 2019
Quoting: cRaZy-bisCuiT
Quoting: edmondo
Quoting: heidi.wengerWhat about that much talked about "Navi"? So this is not it at all?

Navi will come later. Most of us are surprised to see Vega II at all. It seems AMD has seen an opportunity in the market for it, probably strong 7nm process (and Nvidia skyrocketing prices).
Where do you see this opportunity? The price is about the same. Just because of vram?
When it comes to components, $100 is a lot of money, though.
edmondo 9 Jan, 2019
Quoting: cRaZy-bisCuiT
Quoting: edmondo
Quoting: heidi.wengerWhat about that much talked about "Navi"? So this is not it at all?

Navi will come later. Most of us are surprised to see Vega II at all. It seems AMD has seen an opportunity in the market for it, probably strong 7nm process (and Nvidia skyrocketing prices).
Where do you see this opportunity? The price is about the same. Just because of vram?

I don't right now: I need facts and numbers first.
But since AMD last year wasn't planning a Vega 7nm CPU for desktops, it seems something changed. They probably wouldn't do this if there wasn't some kind of demand or other reason.
But hey, I'm like Jon Snow, I know nothing. :)
Thetargos 9 Jan, 2019
Quoting: edmondoActually Jim's predictions about Ryzen are quite accurate. He was quite clear in saying "announcing" and not "launching".

Seeing the 14 nm IO die and so "much" space under the Zen 2 chiplet, I could even imagine a second one chiplet with 8 cores in case AMD wants to do it.
My point, the models have not been announced. The performance is amazing, though.
lelouch 9 Jan, 2019
Quoting: liamdaweAMD say it's the "world's first" to support PCIe 4.0 connectivity

Does this only count for the 3rd gen Ryzen??? OR also for the Radeon VII (and upcoming Motherboards)?
Liam Dawe 9 Jan, 2019
Quoting: lelouch
Quoting: liamdaweAMD say it's the "world's first" to support PCIe 4.0 connectivity

Does this only count for the 3rd gen Ryzen??? OR also for the Radeon VII (and upcoming Motherboards)?
The press details didn't say for the GPU, so I assume only the CPU. Literally no mention of it in the GPU press details.


Last edited by Liam Dawe on 9 January 2019 at 9:23 pm UTC
Shmerl 9 Jan, 2019
I'd say, if there are no PCIe 4.0 GPUs coming, then there is no need to change the motherboard for Zen 2.
edmondo 9 Jan, 2019
Quoting: ShmerlI'd say, if there are no PCIe 4.0 GPUs coming, then there is no need to change the motherboard for Zen 2.

Totally agree.
TheRiddick 9 Jan, 2019
If its truly at 2080 performance then maybe its ok. But I really don't want 16GB of HBM2 due to the price of it all.

Plus is this card meant to beat the 1080TI under Linux? I would be very surprised if it does.
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