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

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

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

The red team has announced that Radeon VII will be available on February 7th and will be priced at $699! Interestingly the RX Vega 64 houses, you guessed it, 64 CUs, which means the new Radeon VII actually has fewer GCN cores inside it.

The Radeon VII will serve as a more direct competitor to Nvidia's RTX 2080 model and will retail for the same price of $699.

The Radeon VII, the world's first consumer 7nm graphics card, promises to deliver twice the memory, more than twice the memory bandwidth and up to 29 percent higher gaming performance than the Radeon RX Vega 64 GPU. Though because it's the first 7nm gaming GPU it's also Radeon 7. Radeon VII.5? Radeon VII+?

The GPU inside the VII is called Vega 20, which is a die-shrunk version of the Vega 10 in the Vega 64.

But the 7nm process also allows the GPU to be run faster too, and the Vega core at the heart of the Radeon VII is running at up to 1,800MHz.

It is likely that AMD will use more power for the same performance - 300W vs. 250W - and lack any forward-looking ray tracing support, but the Radeon VII deal is sweetened a little with the knowledge it will ship with codes for upcoming Devil May Cry 5, The Division 2 and Resident Evil 2 titles.

Just in case you'd forgotten what AMD's Dr Lisa Su was talking about for a second...

According to AMD's press release, the Radeon VII bundles "60 compute units/3840 stream processors running at up to 1.8GHz and 16GB of ultra-fast HBM2 memory (second-generation High-Bandwidth Memory)". I guess maybe that changed when AMD saw the pricing and performance of the Nvidia RTX range...

Another big of good news is Ryzen 3rd Generation is sticking to the same AM4 socket, so its new CPUs will work with existing 300 and 400-series AMD motherboards.



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