AMD today unveiled their next gaming GPU, one the company hopes will directly take on NVIDIA’s RTX 2080. Dubbed the AMD Radeon VII, it’s touted as the world’s first 7nm gaming GPU.
The AMD Radeon VII is slated to launch on February 7th, 2019 and will be priced at $700. AMD’s add-in-board (AIB) partners are expected to offer the Radeon VII GPU as well.
The company says its second-gen Vega architecture will provide 25 percent more performance at the same power consumption as previous Vega cards.
No specific mention was made surrounding VR capability, although AMD did a short on-screen demo of the soon-to-released Devil May Cry 5 at maxed-out settings, running 4K resolution, and framerates AMD president and CEO Dr. Lisa Su called “way above 60fps.”
Su also showed off a comparison chart, showing framerate of Battlefield V, Farcry 5 and Strange Brigade stacked up against the RTX 2080 when played in 4K.
Hard specs are still thin on the ground at this point, with the company saying only that it has a 7nm technology, 3840 stream processors, 16 GB memory, and 1 TB/s memory bandwidth.
It’s still unclear if AMD has included the new VirtualLink USB Type-C connector in its latest flagship graphics card. The company, along with NVIDIA and many others, are a part of consortium that created the VR connector standard, so it would be an odd move to not at least offer it in their reference card to be at an I/O parity with NVIDIA’s Founders Edition RTX 2000 series cards, which all include VirtualLink.
We’ll be keeping an eye out for any mention of VirtualLink as press get furthr chance to see the card in action here at CES 2019.
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