AMD Unveils Radeon 7, Their $US700 7nm GPU

AMD Unveils Radeon 7, Their $US700 7nm GPU
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The second generation of AMD’s Vega and the first gaming graphics card on the 7nm fabrication process was finally unveiled at CES early this morning, sporting 16GB of high-bandwidth memory and a quoted 25% jump in performance from the previous generation.

AMD’s graphs largely compared Radeon 7’s performance against Vega 64, rather than making direct comparisons to Nvidia’s RTX or even GTX line of cards. There was fresh footage of Devil May Cry 5 running at 4K consistently over 100fps during action sequence (and capping out at what looked like 120fps). The Divison 2 also appeared on stage, mostly showing off the game’s environments, lighting, time of day changes and various static scenes before going into a short gameplay sequence.

Beyond that most of Radeon 7’s performance was shown off in graphs that quoted things like a 25% improvement in Fortnite and 35% in Battlefield 5. Dr Lisa Su noted that review units of Radeon 7 will be released to the press, but didn’t mention anything about when.

The GPU will be priced at $US699 internationally and will launch on February 7, although local pricing and availability is unknown at this stage. Based off the figures and performance bumps AMD cited in their conference, it’s likely that the Radeon 7 is more of a competitor to Nvidia’s RTX 2080 rather than the RTX 2080 Ti, although as has been the case with the Ryzen CPUs, the pricing is likely to be a key differentiator.

More to come…


  • I love AMD, but I wish the cost of ownership of its GPUs were more tempting. A card that’s cheap at the start sounds great and all, but when it’s slower, hotter, and uses more juice than the its competitor, ignoring the other aspects such as it’s tessellation abilities in comparison, then I dunno, I’m just dying for them to improve.

  • 25% faster then Vega64 is probably not going to cut it. This is aimed at gamers but has desktop workstation specs, so pretty confusing.

    $700USD puts this card above a 1080TI in price, I dunno if its as good.

      • I saw similar pics. I’d much prefer it was beating them soundly rather than basically being on par with a handful of possibly cherry picked games. But you’re right, we’ll see how it stacks up in a month or so once proper reviews start appearing.

        I must say too, I wouldn’t be surprised if GTX cards get a 5-10% performance bump from a driver set in the near future too. I’ve seen it multiple times when AMD release something nvidia “miraculously” manages to optimise their drivers and get more performance. It happens so often I suspect they literally gimp their performance just so they can pull it out later when they actually have real competition.

      • Lets not forget that NVIDIA users can enable DLSS to get a %50 bump. Eventually RTX features will appear in more games, just like how PhysX is in ALLOT of games these days.

        I’d rather pay $700usd for a 2080RTX and have performance headroom in the future then just buy another buffed VEGA card. The 16GB HBM2 is nice, but it needed to be faster for the 300W heat.

    • This. I went back to nvidea because with my last AMD card, they released faulty drivers that instantly bricked my gpu (and lots of people reporting the same thing with the same model) and refused to do anything about it. Good value hardware, trash programmers.

      • NVidia’s latest few sets of drivers were shocking. One ground my wife’s PC to a halt on MH:W, so we updated to their new driver’s that specifically stated a fix for it in the patch notes. It was 30% worse than the older one. Then they released a fix for the fix and got it back to what the first driver provided, except lower graphics settings didn’t help at all.

        We were looking to upgrade, so i bought us both RX580s and they’re pretty good so far.

        • The Vega architecture should have stayed as a mobile and apu component and never touched desktop cards. I hope AMD has something sorted for NAVI, they can’t just keep throwing more expensive HBM2 and voltage at their cards to compete!!!!

    • I remember back in the day when Crysis came out, my mate had an AMD card and the game refused to launch with a prompt advising that it needed an Nvidia card to launch this game or something to that effect. Never taken AMD serious in gaming ever since

      • How is mid 2000s industry wankery with exclusivity the fault of the hardware manufacturer?

        A few years before Crysis came out, I bought an NVidia card that decided to differentiate the budget and enthusiast versions by removing basic shader support in lower models. Shader support that was standard in the previous generation. Half of my games just stopped working. I’ve never forgiven NVidia for their anti consumer bullshit.

        • Ha, yeah my last sentence sounds pretty ridiculous re-reading it. I agree that its not their fault and understand Nvidia is very anti-consumer (G-Sync vs freesync etc.). I never remembered why Crysis failed to run with AMD but the original comment on drivers is what made me think of the incident. Shows how something can resonate so long.

    • Their drivers have been on par with Nvidia for a solid 3 years. Its basically universally (internetally??) agreed upon, except by full on AMD haters. Nvidia has had the same amount and type of issues as AMD, thats both of them not having that many btw, but just saying that Nvidia fucks up too (and as much).
      I had AMD cards from mid 2015 to start of 2018 and had 1 driver issue. have had my GTX 1080 since then and had only 1 issue as well.
      Basically now the only comparison you need to make is the performance and the price (which can include AMDs generally more power hungryness), which is why i think this Radeon 7 is DOA, so dont get me wrong i wasn’t AMD fanboying, but i just hate the meme that AMDs drivers are worse when they havent been for years.

    • NVidia drivers have been a constant nightmare for me with my 1080Ti, the older workstation with the Radeon 580 has been rock solid. YMMV.

    • I’m not sure if you’re serious or that’s a joke that just doesn’t come across.

      If it’s the former then I’m sorry but the drivers of both companies are about the same. Both have faults on certain esoteric hardware combos. I regularly switch between AMD/Nvidia and I honestly can’t say that one brand of drivers is better than the other. I’ve had issues with both.

  • Man i like AMD because of their support of open standards and slightly less shitty business practices (though i know thats just because they are the underdog and need to look good), but this is disappointing.
    The performance ain’t too bad, but the price has put this into DOA territory in my opinion. They are only matching the RTX 2080 and then priced it the same, this had to be like $599-$629 or something if they wanted to sell a bunch. If an AMD card and Nvidia card are pretty much equal price/performance then most people will go for Nvidia because its got the massive mind and market share.
    Even in ones where AMD ‘wins’ by more than this appears to they dont sell as much (RX 580 vs GTX 1060 for the last while), so they really needed a far better value proposition.
    Was hoping for a good priced upgrade to my GTX 1080 but first thee RTX line and now this, guess i gotta “wait for navi”tm

    • The 2080 has a MSRP of $799 compared the $699 for the R7 so it’s $100 US cheaper. That should translate to a noticeably lower AU price.

      • NVIDIA can lower that, but I dunno if NVIDIA even sees the Radeon 7 as a threat at all, they even poked fun at it recently and I think that’s because their kinda getting sick of seeing half-ass hardware from AMD’s GPU department.

        Also I think partner 2080’s are $699usd.

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