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CES 2019 | AMD Unveils Radeon VII 7nm Gaming GPU and a preview of 7nm “Zen 2” Ryzen processor

On the much anticipated keynote of Dr. Lisa Su at CES 2019, she unveiled what AMD has to offer for PC gamers this year.

First up is the all new Radeon VII 7nm GPU. Although this is not the “Navi” architecture everyone has been raving about, it is using a much enhanced second-generation AMD ‘Vega’ architecture which AMD claims that this gaming card will provides 2X the memory, 2.1X the memory bandwidth, up to 29 percent higher gaming performance on average, and up to 36 percent higher performance on average in content creation applications compared to the current top-of-the-line AMD Radeon™ RX Vega 64 graphics card.

The Radeon VII will have 3840 stream processors, 16GB of memory, and support for FreeSync2 HDR. The gaming video card will be priced at $699 and will hit the market this February.

We are hoping that at this price point, it can be truly at par with the RTX 2080 in terms of raw performance (minus the ray tracing features) which will make this graphics card a better value for gamers who are looking for a GPU purely for high-end gaming.

Dr. Lisa Su has also shown a preview of the 3rd Generation “Zen 2” Ryzen Processors which will be using the 7nm process for better performance yields and higher frequency (hopefully!) compared to the previous generation.

Though the preview did not show the clock frequency or the exact specifications of the chip but Dr. Lisa said that it was an 8-core/16-thread processor that will be using PCIE 4.0. They put up the chip in a Cinebench render test head-to-head against an Intel Core i9 9900k at stock frequencies. The Ryzen processor pulling ahead of the Intel chip at 2057cb compared to 2040cb, as well as have around 30% less power draw.

We still have yet to see  this 3rd Gen Ryzen processor’s single core performance and hopefully it will have a better IPC compared to the previous generation.

Ira James
Editor-in-chief | Tech Journalist | AMD Ryzen and AOC Gaming influencer | PC Hardware Enthusiast |

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