AMD reveals the 7nm Radeon VII GPU with 16GB HBM2 and 1.8GHz clock

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Not to be outdone by the swarm of smart TVs and alarm clocks, CPU and GPU maker AMD on Wednesday announced its new flagship graphics card at CES 2018, the Radeon VII.

The company claims it’s the world’s first 7nm GPU, built by TSMC, and is by far the company’s fastest graphics card.

For one, clockspeed is up to 1800MHz from the 1500MHz-ish of the outgoing RX Vega 64. This is largely thanks to the Vega 20 GPU.

For quiet computing enthusiasts, the company’s also ditched the blower-style cooler in favour of a triple-fan setup for the reference card.

Memory remains HBM2 but it’s now a wad of 16GB instead of 8GB found on the RX Vega 64. Clocks are also up to 1TB/s, with a 4096-bit memory bus.

AMD notes that gaming titles benefit from this boost in performance too, with Battlefield V enjoying “35% higher performance” than the RX Vega 64. But the company’s also hyping the Radeon VII’s content creation credentials too.

“It provides up to 27% higher performance in the popular open source 3D creation application Blender, up to 27% higher performance in the professional video editing, color correction and visual effects application DaVinci Resolve 15, and up to 62% higher performance in the OpenCL LuxMark compute benchmark compared to the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64,” the company stated in a release.

As for the price, AMD’s selling the Radeon VII for US$699. It will be available from 7 February.

Feature image: AMD

Andy Walker, former editor


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