AMD Radeon VII Vega 20 Graphics Card Powering The Division 2 For 4K Gaming Action

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Earlier today AMD officially announced its new Radeon VII graphics card, which is based on the 7nm Vega 20 GPU. Since we first reported on the unveiling of the Radeon VII, we've learned a few more details about this high-powered gaming card.

For starters, the card features 16GB of 2.0 Gbps HMB2 memory using a 4096-bit memory bus. Although we still don't know the base clock for the GPU, it will boost to 1800MHz, which is quite an improvement over the 1546MHz boost clock of the current Radeon RX Vega 64. Single-precision performance has seen a slight uptick from 12.7 TFLOPs on the Radeon RX Vega 64 to 13.8 TFLOPS with the Radeon VII.

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When all is said and done, expect anywhere from a 20 to 40 percent performance advantage over the outgoing Radeon RX Vega 64, which will put it -- performance wise -- on about equal footing with the GeForce RTX 2080.

As we promised before, we were able to get you some up-close shots of the board along with some footage of the Radeon VII in action. For starter, this is quite a big board, with a triple fan-design, which is necessary due to its reported 300W TDP. There are dual 8-pin PCIe power connectors on the rear of the card.

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AMD says that the Radeon Vega VII will run flat out at 60 fps in games AAA titles games like Battlefield V and Far Cry 5 at maximum detail settings. And as you can see in our above footage from The Division 2 running at 4K, the Radeon VII isn't even breaking a sweat and noise levels are relatively low for the card. This particular demo was running on a Ryzen 2700X system, however, instead of AMD's upcoming 7nm Zen 2-based Ryzen 3000 series processors.

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Given that its performance target is NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 2080, it should come as no surprise that AMD is matching the [third-party] pricing of that card at $699. For example, the EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Black Edition Gaming can be had for $699 at B&H Photo. In NVIDIA's favor, however, is the fact that its boards are a bit more power efficient (even given AMD's 7nm process advantage) and that the Radeon VII lacks DirectX Ray Tracing support. 

With that being said, it's nice to see that AMD is getting back into the swing of things with high-end gaming cards, as the Radeon RX Vega 64 launched way back in August 2017. The Radeon VII will be available for sale starting on February 7th.