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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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NeoTheFox 9 January 2019 at 7:05 pm UTC
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They actually compared it directly to RTX2080, this is amazing. AMD delivered.
cxpher@gmail.com 9 January 2019 at 7:07 pm UTC
They were pushing 100+ FPS on 4K resolution on Devil May Cry 5. I saw the keynote.

Lower price point than RTX 2080 without the crap RTX stuff.

Too bad 3rd Gen Ryzen aren't dropping till mid 2019 but the Radeon VII will be available in early Feb for sale.


Last edited by cxpher@gmail.com at 9 January 2019 at 7:08 pm UTC
Dorrit 9 January 2019 at 7:13 pm UTC
This is great news but $699 makes it expensive.
jarhead_h 9 January 2019 at 7:21 pm UTC
The Vega cards seem to dominate Blender from all the tests that I've seen done. This is kind of surprising since AMD swore up and down that they wouldn't be releasing another consumer level Vega GPU again. I was planning on going all AMD this year. Was hoping that I wouldn't have to wait until Summer for a Ryzen 3700x. Oh, well.
cxpher@gmail.com 9 January 2019 at 7:26 pm UTC
DorritThis is great news but $699 makes it expensive.

Really? You know the price of the comparable RTX 2080 is US$799.00?
liamdawe 9 January 2019 at 7:36 pm UTC
More details added, waiting on more press material about Ryzen specifics although I'm not sure if they will be giving that out just yet.
Dorrit 9 January 2019 at 7:37 pm UTC
cxpher@gmail.comReally? You know the price of the comparable RTX 2080 is US$799.00?
Which makes it obscene.
Thetargos 9 January 2019 at 7:47 pm UTC
I lked the Keynote, it was mentioned by the developer of The Division, though the open source tools AMD has put at the developer's disposal, and OpenGPU or some such. Hopefully, we will be getting same-day Linux support in time for Linux 5 and with both driver sets. Radeon VII does make me considering going Team Red, though the performance gain from my current rig is still a bit low in comparison, so I may wait for the future products. Ryzen 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!
Shmerl 9 January 2019 at 7:52 pm UTC
16GB HBM2 at $700... I hope they'll have 8GB variants. So much VRAM might be good for 3D modeling, but I doubt gaming needs so much yet.


Last edited by Shmerl at 9 January 2019 at 7:53 pm UTC
cRaZy-bisCuiT 9 January 2019 at 8:08 pm UTC
7 nm but only GTX 2080 performance? Why? For the same price?

Nice only because we got a open well performing driver on Linux for AMD. Still I'm not much impressed.
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