AMD has launched the world’s first 7nm GPU – Radeon VII which it claimed will bring about huge strides in the field of 4K gaming. On a rough estimate, there is going to be 25 percent more processor efficiency while consuming the same amount of power compared to its predecessor, the Vega 64.
That apart, the other salient features of the new Radeon VII is its 60 compute units with each unit running at a max speed of 1.8 GHz. Couple to that is a 16 GB high bandwidth memory that the GPU comes with along with a 1 TB per second memory bandwidth, all of which ensures even the most graphics intensive games run nary a stutter.
From a comparison perspective, the Vega 64 or even Nvidia’s recent launch, the RTX 2080 come with 8 GB of graphics memory, which means a two-fold capability enhancement for the Radeon VII. To further drive in the point, AMD CEO Lisa Su demoed the game Devil May Cry 5 in 4K at the company’s CES presentation. And things went off just fine with gameplay being pure fluid.
Worth noting, this isn’t the first 7nm GPU from AMD considering that the company also offers the 7nm Instinct GPUs. However, the difference here is that the AMD’s 7nm Instinct GPUs is meant for the professionals while the Radeon VII is aimed at the gaming community.
Interestingly, AMD’s revelation comes close on the heels of competitor Nvidia launching the RTX 2080 GPU for fitment on notebook class of devices, thereby introducing newer levels of gameplay hitherto unavailable on notebooks. However, where the RTX 2080 might still have the edge in spite of the Radeon VII being more powerful – at least on paper – is the former’s ray tracing ability, which is sort of a photorealistic gaming imagery feature.
The RTX 2080 has also been shown to be almost at par with the Radeon VII in one of the slides used by Su for the launch presentation. As for its price, Radeon VII is going to set one back $699. That makes it almost at par with the RTX 2080 thereby setting the stage for stiff competition between the two.