2019 launch for second-generation EPYC CPUs confirmed at AMD keynote

Ruben Fields
January 10, 2019

AMD has officially announced its next-generation high performance gaming graphics card, the AMD Radeon VII.

While AMD has no current hardware-based answer to Nvidia's DLSS or real-time ray tracing techniques enabled by the Turing architecture, AMD did wheel out a developer from Tom Clancy's The Division 2 to point out that it will support advanced features found in Vega like shader intrinsics, rapid packed math, and asynchronous compute.

It's not clear if we'll see any downstream Radeon VII products.

Harnessing 7nm technology already in the machine-learning marketplace, AMD is to massage the extant Radeon Instinct 50 professional card into a gaming GPU known simply as Radeon VII, set to cost $699.

The AMD Radeon VII will go on sale on 7 February priced at $699 (around £545).

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Lisa Su hyped up the crowd a bit before announcing a preview of the third-generation Ryzen desktop processors. The VII slots in above the RX Vega 64 and averages about 29 percent faster, putting it within spitting distance of Nvidia's RTX 2080. The Vega 10 is built on GlobalFoundries' 14nm process; the Vega 20 is built on TSMC's 7nm process.

During its Cinebench demo, AMD also displayed the maximum power draw of the Intel system running at 179.9-watts while the new Ryzen system maxed out at 133.4-watts - which makes it about 30% more power efficient. While that may not sound all that impressive on the face of it, high-refresh gaming requires strong single-threaded performance, and keeping the resolution relatively low helps emphasize the CPU over the GPU.

The AMD Radeon VII comes with 60 compute units running up to 1.8Ghz, will provide 25% more performance at the same power, and will offer 1TB/sec memory bandwidth. With AMD Radeon FreeSync technology, the popular, standards-based adaptive sync technology supported by more than 550 gaming monitors, gamers can experience smooth gameplay at every level.

But still, a new, high-performance 7nm Vega GPU is a surprise given that AMD had previously stated it wasn't even considering the shrunken chip for a gaming release.

There were plenty of Ryzen 3000 and Zen 2 rumours floating around prior to AMD's CES keynote today.

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