AMD just announced the first 7nm gaming GPU, also the company’s first high-end Radeon in a while. Named the Radeon Vega VII, the GPU is aimed towards gamers and is expected to offer performance levels almost on par with NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 2080.
As for the specs, the card packs 60 compute units (3840 SPs) paired with 16GB HBM memory and a massive 1TB of bandwidth. The shaders will be clocked at up to 1.8 GHz depending upon the board partner and we’ll probably see higher frequency enthusiast models as well.
This configuration puts the Vega VII approximately 30% ahead of the previous Radeon flagship, the Vega 64 which despite having more compute units lags behind due to a much lower core frequency. If you compare it to NVIDIA’s new RTX lineup, the Vega VII sits between the RTX 2070 and the RTX 2080, even performing on par with the latter in certain titles.
Comparing it to AMD’s own Radeon Vega 64, the Vega VII offers an advantage of roughly 25-40%. Although these benchmarks were performed on AMD favored titles, they are impressive nonetheless.
Now for the price, the Vega VII will be available for $699 starting Feb 7. This is actually a bit unexpected as AMD’s GPUs tend to be more on the budget side. NVIDIA’s RTX 2080 costs $799 for the Founders Edition version while the board partner cards can be bought for somewhere between $700 to $790. Sure, yeah it is a good 100 bucks cheaper, but the Vega VII is a tad bit slower than the RTX 2080 after all.
That should become more apparent when the third party benchmarks are revealed. Not quite priced at half the cost of the RTX 2080 or even
After all, it’s not really all that cheaper than the RTX 2080. AMD did however, announce an even aggressive game bundle than NVIDIA’s Anthem/Battlefield V combo. Team red will be giving away copies of Resident Evil II, Devil May Cry V, as well as The Division 2 along with the new Radeon Vega VII. Not bad, not bad at all. Let us know what you think in the comments below.