CES 2019: AMD Radeon VII 7nm GPU


AMD CEO Dr Lisa Su revealed a brand-new high-end GPU for gamers and creators, the Radeon VII, at her debut CES keynote. The brand-new Radeon VII is based on the business’s second-gen Radeon Vega architecture and will be the world’s very first desktop GPU to be constructed using a 7nm manufacturing process. According to Su, this GPU will have the ability to provide efficiency exceeding 60fps in the latest games utilizing the greatest settings while performing at 4K. Su likewise flaunted a sneak peek version of an upcoming 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen CPU, which will be launched in the middle of 2019.

Compared to the Radeon Vega 64, the new Radeon VII GPU is said to provide 29 percent much better efficiency on average in video games, and 36 percent better efficiency usually in content creation, consisting of video game advancement. For players who aren’t using 4K, the Radeon VII is claimed to provide high refresh rates with HDR made it possible for at 1080p, or ultrawide 1440p, or basic performance at 8K.

The GPU is built around 3840 stream processors clustered into 60 compute systems, running at up to 1.8 GHz. Radeon VII graphics cards will have 16GB of second-gen HBM2 memory using a 4,096-bit user interface for an overall memory bandwidth of 1TBps. This is 2X the quantity of memory and 2.1 X the bandwidth.

AMD did not detail efficiency relative to competitors from Nvidia, consisting of the just recently released GeForce RTX 2080 Ti or Titan RTX, but did state that performance compared to the Radeon Vega 64 is up to 35 percent much better in Battlefield V, up to 42 percent much better in Strange Brigade, and as much as 25 percent much better in Fortnite.

The Radeon VII obviously also supports AMD’s Freesync for adaptive refresh rate syncing with suitable monitors, and the driver-enabled ReLive and WattMan features for video game recording and power optimization respectively.

The new AMD Radeon VII will be offered to purchase and in choose Dell Alienware video gaming desktop starting from February 7 for a recommended list price of $699 with 3 free video games: Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, Resident Evil 2, and Devil May Cry 5.

Closing out the keynote with “one more big thing”, Su displayed a preview of the upcoming 3rd Gen Ryzen desktop series. These will be 7nm CPUs utilizing the Zen 2 architecture and a chiplet-based style. According to Su, the 3rd Gen Ryzen series will “definitely set the bar on efficiency, technology and power effectiveness”. Contrary to pre-CES rumours, this was only a sneak peek. The launch statement will take place in mid-2019.

Su offered the first ever public sneak peek of among these chips, though no detailed specifications were revealed. This was an 8-core, 16-thread sample chip performing at non-final speeds, and it was benchmarked against an Intel Core i9-9900K survive on stage using Cinebench R15 (multi-threade only). The 3rd Gen Ryzen sample chip scored 2,057 points and seemed running at approximately 133W, while the Intel Core i9-9900K scored 2,040 points and appeared to be consuming 179W typically. AMD likewise showed the CPU running Forza Horizon 4 at 1080p utilizing the greatest settings, and attaining over 100fps regularly.

Su flaunted a sample chip without its heatspreader for the very first time, exposing 2 passes away on the bundle. The smaller sized one is the 7nm Zen 2 die with 8 cores, while the larger one is an IO die utilizing an older manufacturing process. Su likewise revealed that the 3rd Gen Ryzen series will be the first to support PCIe 4.0, however will also deal with existing Socket AM4 motherboards as a basic drop-in upgrade.

On the gaming front, Su also revealed that Google’s Project Stream cloud video gaming effort is now utilizing AMD Radeon GPUs, and offered updates on AMD’s collaborations. The business is still working closely with Microsoft for game development and future Xbox consoles, and is supporting the e-sports team Fnatic.

Su also recapped the previously Ryzen 3000 mobile series launch, consisting of the business’s very first CPUs for Chromebooks, and mentioned that its upcoming 7nm second-gen AMD Epyc server CPUs are on track to start delivering in the middle of 2019.

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