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AMD announces high-end 7nm Radeon 7 GPU with 16GB of VRAM

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For what seems an eternity, Nvidia has ruled the roost when it came to high end video cards. The company’s 10 and 20-series of cards have been unrivalled at the top end, with AMD only being competitive lower down the performance ladder.

That has changed with AMD’s newly revealed second -generation Vega card, the Radeon 7. According to AMD, the 7nm Radeon 7 will offer slightly better performance than Nvidia’s RTX 2080 in DX11 and DX12 games, with significantly better performance in games that use Vulcan. They also suggest it’ll run games at maximum settings at 4K 25 to 40 percent faster than the company’s previous flagship, the Vega 64. It’ll come backing an absurd 16GB of HBM2 memory.

The Radeon 7 will go on sale on February 7th for $700 in the US. That’s $99 less than the 2080. That said, the Radeon doesn’t feature newfangled technology like realtime ray-tracing and AI-driven deep learning super sampling – so those who want the latest tech will still opt for Nvidia. Nvidia’s Turing cores are also manufactured on a 12nm process, so when they do move to 7nm you can expect a performance increase along with better thermals.

To sum:

  • 7nm process technology
  • 3,840 stream processors
  • 16GB HBM2 memory
  • 4,096-bit memory interface
  • AMD FreeSync support

It’s definitely a monster, and I look forward to seeing real world benchmarks, power consumption and temperatures. Traditionally, like-priced cards from AMD are a little cheaper than the Nvidia ones, so it’ll be interesting to see if how much less this’ll cost locally than the competing RTX 2080.

Last Updated: January 10, 2019


  1. Caveshen Rajman

    January 10, 2019 at 12:20

    So this must be that $250 RTX-killer with 2080Ti-equivalent performance that the folks on Reddit were hyped for.


    • Geoffrey Tim

      January 10, 2019 at 14:13

      Lol. $700.


    • Ghost In The Rift

      January 10, 2019 at 14:55

      No, those GPU’s are named Navi, not Vega, Navi is supposed to land somewhere near the end of the year or as Lisa Su stated as the year progresses but still doubt its gonna be $250. On that note Happy New Year Tjopas!! Let it be a good one, i know its gonna be, good tittles and movies on the way!!


  2. Magoo

    January 10, 2019 at 12:54

    I’ve found that AMD almost always offers better performance for price, not so much lately but it was always the case before crypto-mining became a thing.

    Nvidia is a flashy, mostly hassle-free, plug-n-play GPU for the wealthier, less savvy and apathetic gamer. And, if you want the best of the best of the best, it’s probably a Nvidia card at any given time.

    AMD is a noisy, power-hungry, plain black box of a GPU that may or may not require some troubleshooting every now and again. But, you will get bang for your buck if you take the time to get to know it, tweak it, and treat it with some extra TLC.

    I for one love the fact that I can hear my GPU rumbling about from the kitchen. That’s right, go hard you ugly little beast you!


    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      January 10, 2019 at 12:54

      It keeps my room warm in winter too.


    • Dresden

      January 10, 2019 at 13:02

      I slap my computer until it shuts up.


  3. Kikmi

    January 10, 2019 at 14:22

    Probably will release for our winter so those without a space heater will be in for a real good deal


  4. Captain JJ

    January 10, 2019 at 12:25

  5. Pariah

    January 10, 2019 at 12:34

    Llew’s card has finally arrived. Quick, someone hold a competition to win one. 😛


    • Admiral Chief

      January 10, 2019 at 12:58

      You mean hold competition where he comes 7th again?


      • Pariah

        January 10, 2019 at 13:10

        I feel both 1st or 7th would be the same thing in this one. But yes, that would be the 7 trifecta, and ideal. 😛


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