AMD Radeon VII (Seven) - Available February 7th $699  

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January 9, 2019 6:26 pm  

AMD announced the first 7nm graphics card, Radeon VII at CES 2019. It is positioned to compete directly with Nvidia RTX 2080. Performance benchmarks showed a 25% improvement over RX Vega 64. The reference cooler design now sports 3 fans. The AMD Radeon VII will be available on February 7th for $699.

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January 9, 2019 6:44 pm  

Navi will come later in the year. 16GB HBM2 GPUs were never this affordable.

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January 9, 2019 7:07 pm  

7nm GPUs should typically be better than NVIDIA's 12nm parts. And no 2080 Ti bracket equivalent. Not impressive (besides the mem. config I guess). Good reference design update IMO. The 2080 consumes less power vs. Vega 64, so the 12nm chip is actually more efficient than this 7nm boy, assuming V64 consumption on this. Let's see what Navi brings later this year.

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January 9, 2019 8:52 pm  

I bet it takes massive amount of time and money to design high end GPUs.
The engineering that goes into it is probably well beyond the understanding of most of here.

I am just happy to see that AMD is once again trying to be a competitor. 
I don’t think it was a coincidence that nVidia brought out the RTXs shortly after the Vega.

Maybe the AMD cards aren’t as fast as nVidia yet, but as long as they keep trying, we will see a better GPUs overall.
Not to mention, I would think the Mojave will support this card sooner than nVidia. 

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January 9, 2019 10:30 pm  

The most important question it: Will it consume less power than the Vega 64, so that most enclosures can power it (that's up to 300W). If yes, it will have a buyer.

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January 9, 2019 11:15 pm  

AMD failed to deliver as usual.

At least a year is needed before it will be able to deliver what advertised!

Edit: Vega II is simply a rebranded 7nm dieshrink of Vega gpu core , the ROP or raster unit have been bumped from 64 to 128 [Took 4 years]. 
          But the CU unit have been lowered from 64 to 60, with 16GB of HBM2 quad channel for better bandwidth.
          It's the consumer version of the MI50/60 already released by AMD for compute, nothing have changed since Vega.
          Power consumption wise, the usual 300w power figure is expected.
         

https://www.anandtech.com/show/13832/amd-radeon-vii-high-end-7nm-february-7th-for-699

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January 9, 2019 11:48 pm  

@wimpzilla Thank you for the link.

It is likely then this GPU will function as expected on existing AMD drivers in macOS. At least if the power consumption was lower (I would expect so, given 7nm) it would have been nicer.

Biggest boost is by far to memory performance, which is the big plus for this update.

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January 10, 2019 1:24 pm  

There's no USB-C/VirtutalLink port on the Radeon VII. Thunderbolt 3 port on a standard GPU is not an option just yet. I think AMD was under pressure to release something to compete with RTX series. This new Radeon card seems like a temporary solution until new generation Radeon cards are ready.

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January 10, 2019 1:43 pm  

Lets hope NAVI are decent when they finally arrive, this should, shoullllddd, be a good year for GPU's and Macs (Navi, Mac Pro) but lets see.
Would be nice to have a nice premium eGPU enclosure too, I've only been banging on about it for 2 years now.

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January 10, 2019 5:50 pm  

My rtx card died...again last night thinking about new amd 7 but I’ll stick to Nvidia yes AMD is too rushed, like Nvidia. Great news in Germany now is big RTX sales despite 2080ti, some 2080 priced under €600, 2070 under €500! Only tonight.
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January 12, 2019 7:37 am  

It seems AMD reps themselves reported wrong Vega II core specs initially, making believe the press that the ROP count would have been bumped to 128.
You can find here the final report with some gaming benchmarks.
If one believe the benchs, it should go head to head with a GTX2080.

https://www.extremetech.com/gaming/283649-the-amd-radeon-viis-core-configuration-has-been-misreported

Sadly the GTX2060 is a far better buy for basic gaming.
If looking for compute, one can still get 2x Vega56 for the same price of a Vega II.
Once again not impressed by AMD at all, the investors and consumers are it seems lol!

Edit: Vega II lack of FP64 compute like the normal Vega.
https://techgage.com/news/radeon-vii-caps-fp64-performance/

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