The brand new 7nm Radeon VII GPU was an surprising announcement at AMD CEO Dr Lisa Su’s CES 2019 keynote final week, and only a few precise specs and particulars had been disclosed on the occasion. Extra data has come trickling out over the previous few days, a few of which is fascinating and a few that may dampen the enchantment of this new top-end gaming . The Radeon VII would be the world’s first 7nm gaming GPU when it launches on February 7. It’ll supersede the present top-end Radeon RX Vega 64, a minimum of till AMD launches its Navi technology of GPUs, anticipated later this yr.
First and most surprinsgly, TweakTown cites unspecified trade contacts who appear to counsel that the whole manufacturing run of AMD Radeon VII playing cards might be lower than 5,000 items, and that there might be no customized playing cards from the standard accomplice manufacturers. AMD has introduced retail gross sales from its personal web site, however companions ought to be capable to ship the identical reference design items as effectively. A small manufacturing run would match this GPU’s area of interest standing, with the timeline of Navi-based GPUs launching within the second half of this yr.
The AMD Radeon VII is aimed toward avid gamers who need easy body charges at 4K, or the rising ultra-wide 3440×1440 decision, or very excessive body charges at full-HD. It’ll even be aimed toward those that wish to stream gameplay video on-line whereas taking part in, or those that wish to create video games and different artistic content material however do not want a professional workstation-grade GPU.
AMD claims a efficiency uplift of 29 p.c on common in comparison with the Radeon RX Vega 64. Whereas it has not printed any comparisons with Nvidia’s efficiency numbers, the Radeon VII might be anticipated to commerce blows with the GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce RTX 2080. AMD will be unable to prime Nvidia’s flagship GeForce RTX 2080 Ti with this product.
As for specs, AMD has solely shared a number of particulars. The Radeon VII GPU is codenamed Vega 20, and has three,840 stream processors and 240 texture items with 64 ROPs (render output items). Radeon VII graphics playing cards utilizing AMD’s reference design will function 16GB of HBM2 reminiscence on a 4096-bit bus for as much as 1TBps of reminiscence bandwidth.
The AMD Radeon VII is alleged to be virtually equivalent to the 7nm Radeon Intuition MI50 accelerator which was launched in November 2018, and makes use of the identical Vega 20 die and reminiscence configuration. Nevertheless, double-precision floating level operations won’t be supported, most certainly with a purpose to differentiate the Radeon VII as a gaming GPU quite than an expert accelerator. The buyer card may even not assist PCIe four.zero. Alternatively, the Radeon VII runs barely quicker at a base clock of 1450MHz and a lift clock of 1800MHz.
The TDP ranking of the Radeon VII is identical 300W because the Radeon Intuition MI50, which is significantly greater than Nvidia’s present choices. The usage of a triple-fan reference cooler does counsel that this GPU will run sizzling, which may restrict its enchantment.
Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang publicly dissed the Radeon VII as “awful” and “nothing new” at CES shortly after its introduction, as quoted by PC World. He recommended that it’s going to barely sustain with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 GPU regardless that it is a 7nm GPU with HBM2 reminiscence. Calling AMD’s return to high-end GPU efficiency “underwhelming”, he cited the brand new GPU’s lack of AI and ray tracing capabilities, which the not too long ago launched GeForce RTX collection ship.
In response, AMD’s Lisa Su solely remarked that Huang hasn’t seen the Radeon VII in motion but, and that sport builders usually are not but very concerned in ray tracing. In line with AMD CTO Mark Papermaster, ray tracing might be necessary sooner or later however there is a lengthy growth cycle to undergo first.