1440p's greatest hits, featuring the Radeon VII

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 14, 2019 - 01:54 PM |
Tagged: 1440p, radeon vii, amd

When The Tech Report initially tested AMD's brand new Radeon VII they focused on 4K performance.  This lead to some feedback from those playing at 1440p, which convinced them to revisit the card and the competition, at this resolution.  The results remained similar to their previous tests, demonstrating this is a card that is good a multiple things but not the best at any.  The price to performance beats a GTX 1080 Ti if you can pick up the Radeon VII at MSRP, but overall the RTX 2080 remains a better card for gaming.

On the other hand if you are doing work which requires large pools of VRAM, the Radeon VII offers a good mix of performance for such tasks and can power your after hours gaming.

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"Our initial tests showed AMD's Radeon VII couldn't beat the GeForce RTX 2080 for 4K gaming superiority, but many more enthusiasts have high-refresh-rate 2560x1440 displays to deliver their pixel fix. We retested the RTX 2080 and Radeon VII at 2560x1440 to see which card comes out on top."

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February 14, 2019 | 03:26 PM - Posted by HashMarkSkidosToad (not verified)

There are some interesting undervolting results starting to appear for Radeon VII that will make some of the power testing rsults look better on Radeon VII.

But yes overall for Gaming it still looks like the RTX 2080 is leading and will continue to lead. However! By how much the 2080 leads depends on the total numbers and types of gaming titles benchmarked for that review.

The Radeon VII needs to get more API and driver code refactoring done and Radeon VII has some new "Vega-2" micro-arch based AI related ISA extentions and some other tweaks that AMD still has not fully discussed.

I think that AMD did rush the Radeon VII to market and that there is not much in the way of sufficient AMD/Gaming partner tweaks that can take the best advantage of Vega 20's/Radeon VII's architectural ISA extentions/tweaks compared to the RTX 2080. But there is no question about Radeon VII's improvement over what the Vega 10/Vega-1 micro-arch based Vega 56/64 offerings at 14nm. And Radeon VII is definitly better than Vega 56/64 even with Radeon VII's 4 less Compute Units than the Vega 64 offers.

It does look like that TSMC's 7nm node will continue to improve and the more Vega 20 Wafers produced the more there will be improved binning samples for AMD to begin to offer later Radeon VII's with some improvements in overclocking results.

I'm reading that as the node shrinks continue to get smaller the over all marginal performance returns from process node shrinks relative to the larger nodes will become less and less. So other than more DIEs/Wafer from going 7nm/below there will be relatively less performance improvements relative to die area space saving. So maybe it's time for adding Tensor Cores/Ray Tracing Cores and more tweaking of the Shader Cores designs and ISAs/Micro-Arch going forward for AMD, more ROPs also.

On GPU Tensor Core IP will be needed sooner than any on core Ray Tracing IP for AMD as the gaming titles begin to adopt Nvidia's DLSS/othere AI driven related IP for games. And DLSS is improving average frame rates unlike that Ray Tracing that's lowering average frame rates a bit when on.

Now its on to Overclocking/Undervolting Radeon VII and seeing just who wins the silicon lottery. The Watercooling results will also be incoming for Radeon VII and more fun times with the Benchies.

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