AMD Announces Radeon 7 GPU, Price And Release Date Confirmed

Costs $700.

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At CES 2019, AMD president and CEO Lisa Su announced the world's first 7nm gaming GPU, titled the Radeon VII. According to CNET, Su claims it's the most powerful gaming GPU the company has ever built.

AMD displayed the Radeon VII's technical prowess at CES, demoing Devil May Cry 5. Su said the game was running "well above" 60 frames per second at 4K resolution. She also mentioned that in comparison to AMD's Vega 64, most games on average get a 25 percent performance boost on the Radeon VII. Certain titles, such as Battlefield V, can receive as high as a 35 percent increase. The Radeon VII will have 16 gigabytes of high-performance memory and one terabyte a second bandwidth

The Radeon VII is scheduled to release February 7 and cost $700. The gaming GPU comes bundled with the remake of Resident Evil 2, The Division 2, and Devil May Cry 5.

There's been plenty of announcements coming out of CES this year. Nvidia announced a new video card called the GeForce RTX 2060. HTC had a slew of reveals for its Vive VR products, including a new Viveport subscription model, an upcoming virtual reality social space, and two headsets--Pro Eye and Cosmos. Samsung unveiled two new TVs: one of which the company hopes can flagship a 2019 promotion for MicroLED screens, and another that is so large that it's about the size of an average living room. LG showcased a new TV as well, one that can roll up and be stored away when it's not in use.

All three games that come bundled with the Radeon VII come out early this year. The remake of Resident Evil 2 is the only game scheduled to release prior to the gaming GPU though. It launches on January 25 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC. The Division 2 and Devil May Cry 5 are coming to the same three systems, with the former scheduled for March 12 and the latter for March 8. So even if you buy the Radeon VII day one, you'll still need to wait on two of the games that come with it.

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Haven't bought a Radeon card in almost 15 years and with the lackluster performance enhancements coming with ultra-premium pricing coming from Nvidia, I might consider it.

How does a Radeon VII model numbering system compare to the model numbering system of Nvidia cards?

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This would have been good if it was actually faster than a 2080. But it's on par and has no DXR or DLSS. AMD should have shown off an 8GB version for $600 or $650 and this would have been a winner in everyone's eyes. I'll sticj with my 1070 until next year. Rule of thumb for me is to not upgrade until what I'm upgrading to is at least twice as fast as what I currently own.

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too many gpus

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Already got a 2080TI. But that game bundle is really nice for AMD. I can't even get Nvidia to give me ONE free game for buying their card. I was 3 days early on their free game deal, and they couldn't even cut me in on it.

So props on AMD for that game bundle.

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And people expect to get the 2070 level performance for $250 from RX3080, lol. Comparing to this overpriced trash (wanna bet that it will be over 300W?), 3080 will be at least $500, just like 2070.

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@rmpumper: People need to understand how cost compounds. Pricing is not a decision where the value starts at zero.

In the case of Vega VII, AMD is falling victim of a bad decision years back when they went with HBM. This memory standard is EXPENSIVE. Bandwidth is linked to capacity, so to achieve that awesome 1 TB/s spec they had to go with an excessive 16 GB. So there you have why it costs 700 bucks.

Now, in the case of Nvidia, the RTX price is justified by the absurd amount of money they threw into R&D to develop those new cores - RT and Tensor. You see, it's getting increasingly harder to extract performance out of CPUs and GPUs in the traditional way - shrinking transistors and raising frequencies. Even core count can only go so far.

So new rendering paradigms are needed, and Nvidia is in the right direction. They're facing unfair criticism for being early to market. A few years down the road, having a GPU without RTX will be like having one without programable shaders nowadays. Or hardware transformation and lighting.

AMD has actually come out and said they've been working on ray tracing as well. I'd go as far as saying it will probably be on Navi and next-gen consoles.

Get used to it: PC hardware prices can only go up. Moore's law is done.

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I'm sorry I don't want to be "that guy" but the video attached to this article is the Nvidia demo/ad for Anthem. Has nothing to do with AMD.

I understand there's such a thing as "ad revenue" and videos are good for that but c'mon Gamespot at least make sense with it. Got any AMD videos?

Anyway as for the card, gonna wait for specs. But for 700 dollars, if it's 90% as powerful as an RTX 2080 (with or without ray-tracing, I don't care), I might have to pick one up.

Also the game bundle is pretty nice, about a 180 dollar value right there.

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Each of those games cost 50 bucks why not sell the card at 550 and kill nvidia in one hit. At 700 people would rather put 100 more and get a 2080 since the 2080 benchmarks are real. And it might cost less since nvidia is probably going to slash its price to kill amd bundle.

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Got no interest in the ~$1000 graphics market. I guess the 590 is more my speed.

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The AMD Radeon 7 is going to bomb. With the Fury line-up having close to zero sales among gamers, and the Vega line-up having close to zero sales among gamers, I think it's clear nobody wants a really expensive AMD GPU for gaming. Fury and Vega did sell a little, but for other purposes. You can verify with Steam's hardware survey for example that AMD is not doing very well in the gaming GPU market.

700 US Dollars for an AMD GPU, that's basically twice what anyone is willing to give for that brand. There are people who are willing to spend that much on a GPU for gaming, but all of them buy an Nvidia card. I don't really want to go into the reasons for that, but here's a couple: power consumption, performance, stability, quality of the drivers.

But anyways, I guess this is a good thing for the benchmarks. It was getting boring to only see Nvidia on top everywhere. With the Radeon 7, there will be at least one Radeon card in the sub-top of the benchmarks.

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@Wiro_: if it manages to top 2080 at 4k without ray tracing, it will most defiantly have a place in the market. ALLOT of people don't give two flips about ray tracing because how it vastly decreases ur frames per second and frame stability. also if it uses less energy and makes less heat we can take a good guess that their lower tear cards will beat Nvidia low and mid cards where raytracing should not even me considered. the biggest point of the card is the HBM2 memory it has, that has a much higher bandwidth ceiling. so it will probably beat games that are properly optimized for it. but thats also what makes it more expensive. also quality of life driver? last time i checked, besides the installation process, AMD has much better driver, and software support to their cards. also AMD does not mind working with retailer and other brands for pricing and sells. with Nvidia sells we get a fortnight skin, and a 2 year old game, while the prices are still above launch msrp. while many of the current AMD cards are below their release MSRP AND have 2 or 3 free games, thats yet to be released.

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@timothyss10: You need to have another look around, buddy. Nvidia took a lot of shit because early reviews rushed opinions based on preview implementations of ray tracing and DLSS.

Right now, the first few proper implementations are surfacing and the new tech is looking increasingly promising. When put together and rightly optimized, RT and DLSS can dramatically enhance graphics without sacrificing frame rate.

As I said in another comment, I firmly believe that having a GPU without RT and Tensor cores a few years down the road will be like having one without programmable shaders nowadays.

Now, you can argue RTX cards are not currently worth the money because few games support the new tech. And that makes sense if you upgrade often (every year or so). But that doesn't mean RTX cards are bad in any way. They're just a little early. In which case Nvidia should be praised for pushing innovation while taking risks.

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@timothyss10: AMD using less energy and making less heat?? Bro... educate yourself ok. I know AMD is going 7 nm but it will probably still consume more energy than Nvidia.

Also, AMD having good drivers already is an indefensible position. But saying that their drivers are better than Nvidia's is utterly ridiculous. AMD is one big driver hell. If you check the Steam Hardware Survey than 74% has an Nvidia card, and 15% has an AMD card. But most of those AMD cards are really old. Whereas most Nvidia cards in use are (very) recent.

Regarding your last point... AMD HAS TO give away those games together with its GPU. Nobody still wants to buy an AMD GPU for gaming. Therefore, to make the card more attractive they give away games with it. That makes the card slightly more attractive, but still almost nobody will buy it.

Will the card sell out? Possibly, yes. It will be produced in an extremely small quantity, and some people will buy it for non-gaming purposes. Add a couple handful of purchases for gaming, and its sold out.

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@Wiro_: "Vega line-up having close to zero sales among gamers" actually it had a lot of sales a lot more than the RX line up. Also you do realize the performance is great. Vega 64 was on par with the 1080.

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@Grishrak: Really? https://store.steampowered.com/hwsurvey/videocard/

Can you point me to the Vega market share in the Steam Hardware Survey? I cannot find it. I do immediately see the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080, which are in the top 10 most used cards. And the final position of the top 10 is the GTX 1080Ti. Not bad for such an expensive card, to still make it into the top 10. All other cards in the top 10 are from Nvidia as well.

Unfortunately for AMD, even the NVIDIA GeForce GT 440 at 0.15% sees more usage among Steam users than its Vega cards.

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@Wiro_: It won't fail if it manages to be competitive with nVidia in benchmarks. That's the only reason nVidia has been successful. By being the constant and undisputed winner in benchmarks. Gamers will certainly pay for an AMD card at half the price if it offers performance that is close to 2070 or even 2080.

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@Kjranu: "Gamers will certainly pay for an AMD card at half the price if it offers performance that is close to 2070 or even 2080."

Half the price as a 2070 or 2080? My friend, you did not read the article at all! The Radeon 7 is a 700 US dollar card. You can add sales taxes on top of that.

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@Wiro_: $700 for a card with 16GBs or $1,000+ for a card with 11GBs fair trade off

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@Grishrak: Nah bro. $700 for a card from AMD is about $500 more than anyone is willing to pay. Their drivers and driver software are not very solid you know.

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@Wiro_: Let's just hope the radeon 7 does succeed. AMD's track record for its high priced GPU is not the greatest, you are absolutely right. But the sooner AMD figures its shit out and delivers, the sooner us consumers will enjoy cheaper and higher quality products.

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@nattydaddy604: I agree and Nvidia gets an monopoly on the graphics dept what chance will one ever see an sale. I am glad AMD is still in the mix.

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@nattydaddy604: Exactly. If AMD succeeds in putting this out and challenge nVidia's dominance... Then that will bring down the cost of video cards. The real winners: gamers who don't want to spend an arm and a leg for a video card.

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Successor to the RX, in other words? (not just 480, 580, 590)

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@WarGreymon77: No Vega was the successor to RX. RX came out after the R9 cards and Vega came out shortly after. I'm sure the 590 is the last of the RX line.

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@WarGreymon77: Different company. You're thinking of Nvidia.

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@EliOli: Nah, I hate nVidia. I'm a Radeon fanboy dating back to the 9800 in the ATI days.

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@EliOli: RX cards came out WAY before the RTX cards. They came out after the R9 cards.

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@EliOli: AMD does have an RX card, Nvidia new cards is the RTX which is the successor to the GTX line.

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