Earlier in the week to mark the start of CES 2019 NVIDIA made its big announcement of the show, revealing the GeForce GTX 2060 GPU. Today, it was the turn of AMD, with the company unveiling its new gaming GPU the Radeon VII, alongside a new processor, the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen desktop processor.
The new GPU is based on AMD’s second-generation Vega architecture, providing a reported twice the memory, 2.1 X the memory bandwidth, up to 29 percent higher gaming performance, and up to 36percent higher performance on average when compared to the current top-of-the-line AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics card. This is thanks to the new GPU’s 7nm process, great for high-end PC gaming and virtual reality (VR).
“AMD Radeon VII is the highest-performance gaming graphics card we ever created,” said Scott Herkelman, corporate vice president and general manager, Radeon Technologies Group at AMD in a statement.“It is designed for gamers, creators and enthusiasts who demand ultra-high quality visuals, uncompromising performance, and immersive gaming experiences.”
The new AMD Radeon VII comes equipped with 60 compute units/3840 stream processors running at up to 1.8GHz and 16GB of ultra-fast HBM2 memory. Other features include 1 TB/s memory bandwidth and a 4,096-bit memory interface for ultra-high resolution textures, and maxed out settings. The graphics card is expected to be available beginning 7th February 2019 for $699 USD.
As part of AMDs ‘Raise the Game Fully Loaded’ bundle, the company plans to offer gamers complimentary PC versions of the Resident Evil 2, Devil May Cry 5 and Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 with the purchase of an eligible AMD Radeon VII graphics card.
Additionally, AMD also revealed the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen desktop processor. Based on the new AMD “Zen 2” x86 core, the processor has been built using the same 7nm process technology. Designed with support for PCIe 4.0 connectivity, AMD plans on introducing the new processor in mid-2019. VRFocus will continue its coverage of CES 2019 and AMD, reporting back with all the latest news and announcements.
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Author: Peter Graham