AMD Announces 7nm Radeon VII High-End Gaming GPU With 16GB HBM2 Shipping February 7

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As expected, AMD today announced its latest high-end graphics card for gamers built using 7-nanometer process technology. However, AMD threw us for a bit of a loop with regards to the naming of the new graphics card series. While we all had assumed (based on the logo trademark) that it would be called Radeon Vega II, it is in fact called Radeon VII. 

Radeon VII will be clocked at speeds up to 1.8GHz and will feature 16GB of High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2). The GPU features 60 compute units and AMD claims that it offers a 25 percent uplift in performance compared to the Radeon Vega 64 at the same power level.

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Compared to the Radeon Vega 64 in content creation, the Radeon VII offers performance improvements in Blender, DaVinci Resolve 15, Adobe Premiere and Open CL of 27 percent, 27 percent, 29 percent and 62 percent respectively. However, gaming performance is what we all want to know about, and AMD is quoting a 35 percent uplift in Battlefield V, 25 percent uplift in Fortnite, and a 42 percent increase in Strange Brigade.

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It also appears that AMD is targeting the Radeon VII directly at the GeForce RTX 2080 (sans real-time ray tracing, of course). Early figures show that performance matches the GeForce RTX 2080 in Battlefield V and Far Cry 5, while offering a significant advantage in Strange Brigade.

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Radeon Vega VII will be available on February 7th priced at $699. For a limited time, it will come bundled with The Division 2, Devil May Cry 5, and Resident Evil 2. For now, that's all we have on the Radeon VII, but we're on the ground in Las Vegas and will try to get you all up-close shots and more details in the coming hours.