The wait for a new AMD graphics card has been long and arduous, but the Radeon VII may put AMD back on the map. Thanks to the new 7nm GPU architecture, AMD was able to pack its newest graphics card with more transistors than ever before, without increasing the power draw.
Priced at the same point as the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080, while potentially delivering comparable performance – albeit without Nvidia Turing’s ray tracing or DLSS features – 2019 is going to be an exciting year for the best graphics cards.
While AMD announced its newest graphics card, the company never mentioned whether the Radeon VII will be part of the Vega II family – nor if Vega II even be a thing. Based on what we were hearing before the announcement, the Radeon VII lines up well with everything we expected, so for now we’ll be treating AMD’s newest GPU as a Vega II card even if it hasn’t been officially introduced as one yet.
So, be sure to keep this page bookmarked, and we’ll dive into everything there is to know about AMD Vega II.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? AMD’s first 7nm consumer graphics cards
- When is it out? February 7, 2019
- What will it cost? $699 (about £550, AU$980)
AMD Vega II release date
At CES 2019, AMD announced the Radeon VII, the first 7nm consumer graphics card. Launching on February 7, 2019, what we believe to be the first of the Vega II graphics cards will arrive with Devil May Cry V, Resident Evil 2 and The Division 2. However, if you want to get your hands on this card, you might want to act fast.
AMD is rumored to be producing less than 5,000 Radeon VII graphics cards, as they’re losing money on each card sold, according to a report from TweakTown. However, Tom’s Hardware reached out to AMD for clarification, and it reported that it “expect(s) Radeon VII supply to meet demand from gamers.”
Whether availability is going to be an issue remains to be seen, but we’ll be sure to update this article with whatever information comes out.
AMD Vega II price
Right now there’s only one AMD Vega II card, the Radeon VII, and that will launch at $699 (about £550, AU$980), bundled with three games. We’re sure that AMD will fill out the product stack with lower priced GPUs in the future, but we don’t know what the pricing will look like quite yet. However, you can probably assume it’s going to compete with Nvidia’s Turing product stack directly.
AMD Vega II specs
The switch from a 14nm process to a 7nm process allows AMD to pack even more power into each GPU. For its graphics cards, this move means more transistors in each GPU without having to increase the die size or the power requirements.
And, the AMD Radeon VII is the fist 7nm graphics card for gamers, with 3,840 stream processors, 16GB HBM2 VRAM and 1TB/s of memory bandwidth. This goes directly against the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080, which has 2,944 CUDA cores, 8GB of GDDR6 VRAM and 448GB/s of memory bandwidth.
AMD’s new graphics card will surely outperform its competitor in some workloads due to sheer horsepower. But, it’s going to shine in creative workloads too, meaning that it’s going to be the best graphics card for hobbyist video editors and content creators who don’t have the cash to drop on a professional product.
But, the AMD Radeon VII won’t offer the double-precision capabilities that the enterprise Radeon MI60 does, according to ExtremeTech, so it’s still very much a consumer graphics card.
Aside from standalone cards, it seems all but guaranteed that the Vega II series will find its way into mobile and lower-power devices as integrated graphics processors. With a new generation of Ryzen processors expected, a new generation of Vega graphics to integrate into APUs is only fitting.
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