The invasion of the nude GPU from Vega

Subject: General Tech | February 4, 2019 - 12:33 PM |
Tagged: amd, radeon vii

It's coming up on the release date for AMD's new GPU, which has traditionally become the time at which unboxing videos start to appear.  [H]ard|OCP did take the box apart and reveal the new card, but did not stop there.  Instead they kept on going, removing the shroud to reveal the PCB and components attached to it.  The video offers a little more insight into the new card, for those that like looking under the hood.  Stay tuned for actual results in the near future. 

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"We show you what is inside the new AMD Radeon VII reviewer's kit, and then breakdown the entire video card to show you what is under that sleek new shroud."

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February 4, 2019 | 03:29 PM - Posted by SideBySideAndTopToBottomNakedGPUDieLunchRulersIncluded (not verified)

I would be nice if some reviewer that had all 3 of the ASIC(Dead DIE samples) that shipped with the Fury X, Vega 64, and Radeon VII GPU benchmarking/reviewer kits that AMD sent out to reviewers would place them side by side, left to right, and top to bottom and take a some nice high accuracy images along side a ruler. This is so folks can get an Idea of the relative die sizes between the GCN SKUs from Fury X to Vega 20. Actually use 2 rulers one on the X and one on the Y Axes.

Vega 20 at 7nm is a much smaller die that contains a bit more transistors/transistor density than the previous AMD GPU SKUs on the 14nm and 28nm nodes.

So both the Radeon Instinct MI50 and the Radeon VII are rated at 300W TDP but just having that 300W TDP metric from AMD that is there more to fit the die with a proper cooling solution and that's still a lot of heat to conduct through that much smaller in total area Vega 20 die.

So with Radeon VII's scaled back DP FP rates that's probably going to cut back on the Consumer Radeon VII's actual power usage and heat production compared to the MI50 SKUs that have their DP FP units rates fully enabled. But still at 7nm any GPU DIE that's smaller in total area while still having greater transistor density per mm^2 is going to have a 300W rated cooling solution. But the Radeon VII is clocked a little higher so who knows. Overclocking headroom will be another metric that will be interesting.

Also lookig at how thght lipped AMD and the MI50/MI60 reviewers where and still are with respect to the Vega 20 based AI SKU variants. That should have been a tip off that AMD was probably considering a consumer variant even back then in 2018 when the Instinct MI50s/MI60s where released.

Now it's just a matter of wait and see until Feb 7 2019, and even a bit after because there are some additional AI related ISA extentions on Vega 20 that are not there on Vega 10 or mobile Vega.

February 4, 2019 | 03:31 PM - Posted by SideBySideAndTopToBottomNakedGPUDieLunchRulersIncluded (not verified)

Edit: I would be nice

To: It would be nice

February 4, 2019 | 11:40 PM - Posted by Anonymous1 (not verified)

All the shilling Kyle over at HardOCP did for AMD has finally paid off as it seems they're sending him samples again.

February 5, 2019 | 10:48 AM - Posted by ReallyTheFolksWithTheChipsOnTheirSholders (not verified)

What shilling? That man with the shill is Linus of the tech tips kind.

The FTC needs to crack down on AMD, Intel, Nvidia and the whole damn industry with their review samples with strings attatched. But you will never see that because the gaming bumpkins are relatively clueless as to what comprises actual impartiality and fair play.

Really the entire review process is limited by those review manuals that restrict the facts in a subective manner. I'll trust the reviews that are done by folks that have signed no NDAs that purchase their own after the products are available on from the retail outlets.

Is Kyle's GPP exposay the reason you are saying that, and do you have some agenda?

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