- 10 January 2019 09:30
AMD Unveils World’s First 7nm Gaming GPU – Delivering Exceptional Performance and Incredible Experiences for Gamers, Creators and Enthusiasts
Sydney, Australia — January 10, 2019 — AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today unveiled AMD Radeon™ VII, the world’s first 7nm gaming graphics card. It was designed to deliver exceptional performance and amazing experiences for the latest AAA, esports and Virtual Reality (VR) titles, demanding 3D rendering and video editing applications, and next-generation compute workloads.
Built on the enhanced second-generation AMD ‘Vega’ architecture, AMD Radeon VII provides 2X the memory, 2.1X the memory bandwidth, up to 29 percent higher gaming performance on average, and up to 36 percent higher performance on average in content creation applications compared to the current top-of-the-line AMD Radeon™ RX Vega 64 graphics card1,2,3,4. For gamers, AMD Radeon VII enables maximum settings for extreme framerates at the highest resolutions. It also provides seamless, high-refresh HDR5 gaming at 1080p, ultrawide 1440p and 4K, and enables next-generation photo and visual creation applications on razor sharp, vibrant 8K monitors.
“AMD Radeon VII is the highest-performance gaming graphics card we ever created,” said Scott Herkelman, corporate vice president and general manager, Radeon Technologies Group at AMD. “It is designed for gamers, creators and enthusiasts who demand ultra-high quality visuals, uncompromising performance and immersive gaming experiences.”
Game Developers and Partners Embrace AMD Radeon VII
Leading game developers and partners are already embracing the incredible features, performance and experiences that the AMD Radeon VII graphics card provides. The Alienware Area 51 2nd Generation Threadripper™ Edition will now combine the new AMD Radeon VII graphics cards with 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ processors to deliver powerhouse performance for superior gaming experiences in 4K. Also, the professional esports gaming team, Fnatic, will use AMD Radeon VII graphics cards in its high-performance gaming PCs for training and online competitions.
In addition, Ubisoft plans to bring AMD Radeon™ technologies to its upcoming AAA blockbuster, Tom Clancy’s The Division® 2. The Division® 2 will support the advanced features gamers demand including DirectX® 12 and support for AMD Radeon FreeSync™ 2 HDR technology6, as well as technologies such as shader intrinsics, rapid packed math, and asynchronous compute that help deliver superior gaming experiences.
“We’ve worked closely with AMD to take advantage of the latest next-generation AMD Radeon graphics features in the newest installment of The Division® series,” said David Polfedt, managing director at Massive Entertainment. “The Division® 2 will leverage the performance and capabilities of the Radeon™ VII graphics card to deliver smooth and awe-inspiring visuals at 4K resolution, while letting players experience game-changing performance as they race to rescue Washington D.C. from the brink of collapse.”
Built to unleash performance, enable extreme gaming, and drive the most demanding 3D rendering, video editing and compute applications, key features of the AMD Radeon VII graphics card include:
• Exceptional capabilities: The Radeon VII graphics card is built upon 7nm process technology, delivering higher gaming performance than the AMD Radeon™ RX Vega 64 graphics card3. Equipped with 60 compute units/3840 stream processors running at up to 1.8GHz and 16GB of ultra-fast HBM2 memory (second-generation High-Bandwidth Memory), the Radeon VII graphics card enables high-performance gaming and ultra-high quality visuals. Ground-breaking 1 TB/s memory bandwidth and a 4,096-bit memory interface paves the way for ultra-high resolution textures, hyper-realistic settings and life-like characters.
• Enabling real-time 3D and compute applications: The Radeon VII graphics card delivers the performance required for demanding 3D rendering and video editing applications, and next-generation compute workloads. It provides up to 27 percent higher performance in the popular open source 3D creation application Blender7, up to 27 percent higher performance in the professional video editing, color correction and visual effects application DaVinci Resolve 158, and up to 62 percent higher performance in the OpenCL™ LuxMark compute benchmark9 compared to the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics card.
• Extreme gaming performance: The AMD Radeon VII graphics card delivers exceptional performance in DirectX® 12- and Vulkan®-based games, including up to 35 percent higher performance in Battlefield™ V10, and up to 42 percent higher performance in Strange Brigade®11, compared to the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics card. It also delivers up to 25 percent higher performance in the widely popular esports title, Fortnite®.12
• Smooth gaming with Radeon FreeSync: With the high speeds of today’s graphics cards, framerates often exceed the monitor refresh rate, causing stuttering and tearing. With AMD Radeon FreeSync13 technology, the popular, standards-based adaptive sync technology supported by more than 550 gaming monitors, gamers can experience smooth gameplay at every level. In addition, AMD Radeon FreeSync™ 2 HDR technology6 offers more than 2X better brightness and color volume compared to sRGB14.
• Unparalleled experiences with AMD Radeon software: AMD Radeon Software features Day-0 game driver support and up-to-the minute game optimizations for performance enhancements. Gamers can effortlessly capture, stream and share their memorable moments and clutch victories with Radeon™ ReLive; monitor performance and PC system info, and socialize with the AMD Link application; and fine-tune a range of settings to fit their needs with Radeon™ WattMan15 technology.
Three Games Included with AMD Radeon™ VII Graphics Card Purchase
With AMDs ‘Raise the Game Fully Loaded’ bundle, AMD plans to offer gamers complimentary PC versions of the highly anticipated Resident Evil™ 2, Devil May Cry™ 5 and Tom Clancy’s The Division® 2 with the purchase of an eligible AMD Radeon™ VII graphics card or Radeon™ VII powered PC, as well as with the purchase of other eligible Radeon™ graphics cards and Radeon™ powered PCs. Stay tuned for more information on the program and where to buy at: www.amd.com/raisethegame.
Pricing and Availability
The AMD Radeon VII graphics card is expected to be available beginning February 7, 2019 for $699 SEP USD. Several leading add-in-board partners plan to offer the cards.
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1 As of Dec 18, 2018. Radeon VII features 16GB of memory. Radeon RX Vega 64 features 8GB of memory. Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti features 11 GB of memory. RX-266
2 As of Dec 18, 2018. Radeon VII features 1024 GB/s of memory bandwidth. Radeon RX Vega 64 (frontier edition) features 484 GB/s of memory bandwidth. Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti features 616 GB/s of memory bandwidth. RX-267
3 Testing done by AMD performance labs 1/3/19 on Intel i7 7700K,16GB DDR4 3000MHz, Radeon VII, Radeon RX Vega 64, AMD Driver 18.50 and Windows 10. Using Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Battlefield 1 DX12,Battlefield 5 DX12,Call of Duty: Black Ops 4,Destiny 2,Deus x: Mankind Divided DX12,Doom (2016),F1 2018 DX12,Fallout 76,Far Cry 5,Forza Horizon 4 DX12,Grand Theft Auto V, Hitman 2,Just Cause 4,Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War, Monster Hunter World, Rise of the Tomb Raider DX12,Shadow of the Tomb Raider DX12,Sid Meier's Civilization VI DX12,Star Control: Origins ,Strange Brigade Vulkan, The Witcher 3,Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands, Total War: Warhammer 2,Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus at 4K Max Settings: Radeon VII scored: 36 fps,80.5 fps,62.2 fps,82.3 fps,65.1 fps,53.4 fps,89.5 fps,78 fps,76.6 fps,62 fps,72.8 fps,76.2 fps,53.3 ps,50.8 fps,54.3 fps,35.4 fps,58.3 fps,47.5 fps,97.1 fps,88.9 fps,86.7 fps,55.4 fps,36.3 fps,34.6 fps,93.4 fps respectively. Radeon RX Vega 64 scored: 28 fps,59.2 fps,46.7 fps,68.0 fps,50.9 fps,40.2 fps,67.2 fps,61 fps,45.5 fps,49 fps,62.8 fps,60.1 fps,49.6 ps,42.6 fps,41.6 fps,29.4 fps,46.0 fps,36.3 fps,78.1 fps,69.2 fps,60.9 fps,41.4 fps,29.2 fps,28.3 fps,74.2 fps respectively. Across 25 titles, Radeon VII averaged 29% faster gaming performance vs Radeon Vega 64. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. All scores are an average of 3 runs with the same settings. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RX-282
4 Testing done by AMD performance labs 1/3/19 on AMD Ryzen 2700X,16GB DDR4 3000MHz, Radeon VII, Radeon RX Vega 64, AMD Driver 18.50 and Windows 10. Across 4 content creation workloads/benchmarks: Davinci Resolve 15, Adobe Premiere, LuxMark and Blender. Radeon VII completed in /scored 101s, 330s, 50202 and 92s respectively. Radeon RX Vega 64 completed in/scored 138s, 462s, 31013 and 126s respectively. Resulting in Radeon VII vs Radeon RX 64 performance uplift of: 1.27x, 1.29x, 1.62x and 1.27x respectively. Radeon VII averaged 36% faster content creation performance vs Radeon Vega 64. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. All scores are an average of 3 runs with the same settings. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RX-283
5 HDR content requires that the system be configured with a fully HDR-ready content chain, including: graphics card, monitor/TV, graphics driver and application. Video content must be graded in HDR and viewed with an HDR-ready player. Windowed mode content requires operating system support. GD-96
6FreeSync 2 HDR does not require HDR capable monitors; driver can set monitor in native mode when FreeSync 2 HDR supported HDR content is detected. Otherwise, HDR content requires that the system be configured with a fully HDR-ready content chain, including: graphics card, graphics driver and application. Video content must be graded in HDR and viewed with an HDR-ready player. Windowed mode content requires operating system support. GD-105
7 Testing done by AMD performance labs 1/3/19 on AMD Ryzen 2700X,16GB DDR4 3000MHz, Radeon VII, Radeon RX Vega 64, AMD Driver 18.50 and Windows 10. Using Blender 2.79a, Cornell Box Scene, ProRender 1.8, 2048 x 1840, 200 iterations: Radeon VII completed in 92.3s. Radeon RX Vega 64 completed in 126s. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. All scores are an average of 3 runs with the same settings. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RX-280
8 Testing done by AMD performance labs 1/3/19 on Ryzen 7 2700X,16GB DDR4 3000MHz, Radeon VII, Radeon RX Vega 64, AMD Driver 18.50, RTX 2080, Nvidia driver 417.22 and Windows 10. Using Davinci Resolve 15 8K AMD test sequence. Radeon VII completed in 101s. RTX 2080 completed in 104s. Radeon RX Vega 64 completed in 138s. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. All scores are an average of 3 runs with the same settings. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RX-273
9 Testing done by AMD performance labs 1/3/19 on Ryzen 7 2700X,16GB DDR4 3000MHz, Radeon VII, AMD Driver 18.50, and Windows 10. Using LuxMark LuxBall HDR benchmark. Radeon VII scored 50202. RTX 2080 scored 30224. Radeon RX Vega 64 scored 31013. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. All scores are an average of 3 runs with the same settings. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RX-278
10 Testing done by AMD performance labs 1/3/19 on Intel i7 7700K,16GB DDR4 3000MHz, Radeon VII, Radeon RX Vega 64, AMD Driver 18.50, and Windows 10. Using Battlefield V, DX11, Ultra settings 4K: Radeon VII scored 68.1 fps. Radeon RX Vega 64 scored 50.5 fps. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. All scores are an average of 3 runs with the same settings. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RX-284
11 Testing done by AMD performance labs 1/3/19 on Intel i7 7700K,16GB DDR4 3000MHz, Radeon VII, Radeon RX Vega 64, AMD Driver 18.50, RTX 2080, Nvidia driver 417.22 and Windows 10. Using Strange Brigade, Vulkan, Ultra settings 4K: Radeon VII scored 87 fps. RTX 2080 scored 73 fps. Radeon RX Vega 64 scored 61 fps. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. All scores are an average of 3 runs with the same settings. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RX-268
12 Testing done by AMD performance labs 1/3/19 on Intel i7 7700K,16GB DDR4 3000MHz, Radeon VII, Radeon RX Vega 64, AMD Driver 18.50, and Windows 10. Using Fortnite, Epic settings 4K:Radeon VII scored 46.9 fps. Radeon RX Vega 64 scored 37.4 fps. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. All scores are an average of 3 runs with the same settings. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RX-285
13 Requires a monitor and AMD Radeon graphics, both with FreeSync support. See www.amd.com/freesync for complete details. Confirm capability with your system manufacturer before purchase. GD-127
14 Only attainable when using a FreeSync 2 API enabled game or video player and content that uses at least 2x the perceivable brightness and color range of sRGB, and using a FreeSync 2 qualified monitor. Based on AMD internal testing as of November 2016. GD-105
15 Overclocking AMD processors, including without limitation, altering clock frequencies / multipliers or memory timing / voltage, to operate beyond their stock specifications will void any applicable AMD product warranty, even when such overclocking is enabled via AMD hardware and/or software. This may also void warranties offered by the system manufacturer or retailer. Users assume all risks and liabilities that may arise out of overclocking AMD processors, including, without limitation, failure of or damage to hardware, reduced system performance and/or data loss, corruption or vulnerability. GD-106