AMD is the first tech company to market a 7nm gaming GPU. Nor intel nor Nvidia have reached this process node lithography.

The 300W AMD Radeon VII features a Vega 20 processor with 16GB of HBM2 on a 4,096-bit bus. Should those numbers impress you? Yes, they definitely should.

AMD’s new model is an excellent addition to the GPU and PC build market already saturated by Nvidia’s Turing-based graphics cards. Even so, the expensive GeForce RTX 20180 Ti is still is the best GPU out there for gaming.

Radeon VII doesn’t hold a candle to GeForce RTX 2080 series or even the RTX 2070 series. But it does represent a considerable competition for GeForce RTX 2060 graphics cards.

Overall, the AMD Radeon VII is a high-end alternative to Nvidia’s GPUs, and maybe that’s enough. The card became available on February 7 for $600.

AMD Radeon VII
AMD Radeon VII. Source: PcGames.

AMD Radeon VII is a card for PC build enthusiasts

AMD’s Vega 20 graphics processor is a 7nm node that operates much higher clock rates than its predecessor, the Vega 10.

Vega 20 also sports 13.2 billion transistors, 700 extra transistors than the Vega 10. AMD says these parts improve the GPU’s video encode support at 4K.

Because of all of its improvements, Radeon VII offers a higher peak FP64performance than any other card in AMD’s consumer lineup. In fact, only Nvidia’s high-end Titan V card competes with this.

According to AMD; the compute abilities of the Radeon VII are as follows:

Radeon RX Vega 64
Radeon VII
Radeon Instinct MI60
Peak FP64
0.84 TFLOPS 3.46 TFLOPS 7.4 TFLOPS
Peak FP32
13.4 TFLOPS 13.8 TFLOPS 14.7 TFLOPS
Peak FP16
26.7 TFLOPS 27.7 TFLOPS 29.5 TFLOPS
Peak INT8
53.4 TOPS 55.3 TOPS 59 TOPS
Peak INT4
106.8 TOPS 110.7 TOPS 118 TOPS

 

AMD Radeon VII specs

There are 16Compute Units per each shahader engine, plus 64 Stream processors, and four texture units per CU. Overall, there are 4,096 Stream processors and 256 texture units in the GPU.

However, Radeon doens’t utilise the complete Vega 20. Instead, it disables part o the processor and yields 3,840 Stream processors and 40 texture units.

Each Shader Engine also sports four render back-ends capable of 16 pixels per each clock cycle. The serult is 64 ROPs.

  Radeon VII
GeForce RTX 2080 FE Radeon RX Vega 64
GeForce GTX 1080 FE
Architecture (GPU)
Vega 20 Turing (TU104) Vega 10 Pascal (GP104)
Shaders
3840 2944 4096 2560
Peak FP32 Compute
13.8 TFLOPS 10.6 TFLOPS 12.7 TFLOPS 8.9 TFLOPS
Tensor/RT Cores
N/A 368/46 N/A N/A
Texture Units
240 184 256 160
Base Clock Rate
1400 MHz 1515 MHz 1247 MHz 1607 MHz
GPU Boost Rate
1750 MHz 1800 MHz 1546 MHz 1733 MHz
Memory Capacity
16GB HBM2 8GB GDDR6 8GB HBM2 8GB GDDR5X
Memory Bus
4096-bit 256-bit 2048-bit 256-bit
Memory Bandwidth
1 TB/s 448 GB/s 484 GB/s 320 GB/s
ROPs
64 64 64 64
L2 Cache
4MB 4MB 4MB 2MB
TDP
300W 225W 295W 180W
Transistor Count
13.2 billion 13.6 billion 12.5 billion 7.2 billion
Die Size
331 mm² 545 mm² 486 mm² 314 mm²

 

AMD Radeon VII 16GB final verdict

Pros

  • Performance is excellent at 2560 x 1550 pixels and maximum quality
  • Great for 4K gaming albeit with dialled-back settings
  • 16GB of HBM2 is ideal for memory-intensive workloads
  • It comes with three-game bundle adds, some substantial value

The bundles include Resident Evil 2 Remake, Devil May Cry 5, and The Division 2.

Cons

  • Performance lags behind Nvidia’s’ Geforce RTX 20180, although it costs the same price. Also, it’s deafening when under heavy load.

Verdict

It’s a good thing AMD launched a GPU than compete and even surpasses GeForce RTX 2060 graphics cards. The 16GB of HBM” plus the three-game bundles give the Radeon VII value beyond it’s $699 price tag. However, we’d like to see a lower-priced alternative mainly because Nvidia’s cards going for the same price are better.

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