Thursday, 17 January, 2019

2019 launch for second-generation EPYC CPUs confirmed at AMD keynote

AMD Radeon VII on stage AMD Launches Next Radeon VII GPU, the World's First 7nm GPU
Sherri Watson | 10 January, 2019, 04:55

Whether or not the Radeon VII can fight back against Nvidia's dominance in the graphics card space remains to be seen, but the new GPU definitely seems to be impressive from what was shown on stage today.

The first major announcement today was Radeon VII, the world's first 7nm gaming graphics card based on Vega 2. Read about the key features of the AMD Radeon VII graphics below.

The Radeon VII comes with support for the DirectX 12 and Vulkan 3D APIs, allowing for better gaming performance ranging from 25 up to 42 percent improvements depending on the game, also when compared to the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 GPU. Indeed, the chip maker has just announced its 3d gen Ryzen desktop processors, which will be the first consumers CPUs using the company's 7nm process node.

AMD will also offer customers who buy an eligible AMD Radeon VII video card or a Radeon VII-powered computer the Resident Evil 2, Devil May Cry 5 and Tom Clancy's The Division 2 games, as part of its "Raise the Game Fully Loaded" bundle. This new process has enabled AMD to substantially boost the clock rate from a peak of 1564MHz in the Vega 64 to 1,800MHz in the VII.

Enabling real-time 3D and compute applications: The Radeon VII graphics card delivers the performance required for demanding 3D rendering and video editing applications, and next-generation compute workloads.

The demo also is indicative that Ryzen 3000 is not yet launched and AMD also did not share anything on model numbers meaning that short term you can not expect the new procs, but it will be the "middle of" this year for sure. The recent launch of the RTX 2060 demonstrated that Nvidia's Turing architecture can hit Vega 64 where it hurts, with that $350 GPU delivering 95 percent of Vega 64 performance.

Just in case you'd forgotten what AMD's Dr Lisa Su was talking about for a second...

But still, a new, high-performance 7nm Vega GPU is a surprise given that AMD had previously stated it wasn't even considering the shrunken chip for a gaming release. AMD then put a 3rd-Gen Ryzen processor up against an Intel Core i9-9900K CPU in an on-stage demo, where the Ryzen CPU outperformed the Intel chip in a Cinebench multi-thread benchmark.