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AMD preview Ryzen 3000 series and launch 7nm Radeon Vega VII

Published: 20:42, 09 January 2019
Updated: 08:52, 25 September 2019
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Radeon Vega VII

During the AMD CES 2019 keynote, AMD President and CEO Lisa Su officially announced a new high-end video card, the Radeon Vega VII - world's first 7nm product. Along with that, AMD offered a small preview at new generation Ryzen CPUs.

AMD's new video card will compete with Nvidia's RTX 2080 and it will be available on 7 February 2019 for $699. According to AMD's slides, Radeon Vega VII can match and even beat Nvidia's product but take these claims with a pinch of salt as these benchmarks usually don't paint the whole picture when it comes to performance.

Radeon Vega VII will have 16 GB of high bandwidth memory (HBM2) and it employs a slightly cut down version of AMD's Vega 20 GPU. It also has a much higher clock speed than AMD's previous graphics card with up to 1800 MHz boost clock. AMD's CEO and President Lisu Su explained that with these features, Radeon Vega VII will beat their former flagship Vega 64 by from 20 to 42 per cent depending on the game.

The new Radeon should also be around 29 per cent faster overall on average, which could make it a viable and competitive 4K card. The price also matches RTX 2080's MSRP which currently stands at $699, but you would be really lucky to get one of those at that price.

The AMD card was shown in a Devil May Cry 5 demo which runs in 4K resolution and on ultra settings. The gameplay looked pretty fluid with framerates around 100, but there were a few dips, which is to be expected since both Devil May Cry 5 and Vega VII aren't officially out yet.

Altchar picture showing a performance slide Radeon VEGA VII vs RTX 2080

AMD also announced a partnership with Ubisoft on The Division 2 which will be optimised for Radeon graphics cards and Ryzen processors. Also, those who buy Vega VII will receive three free games - The Division 2, Devil May Cry 5 and Resident Evil 2 remake.

Additionally, Lisa Su gave us a sneak peek at AMD's new generation of Ryzen processors. First, a Forza Horizon 4 demo was shown in 4K resolution and ultra settings, running on AMD's 8 core and 16 threads Ryzen 3000 CPU and Vega VII video card. After that, Ryzen 3000 and Intel's i9 9900k went head to head in a Cinbench test where AMD's product took a small win.

These CPUs will launch in mid-2019 and Su said that more info will be coming pretty soon. 

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