AMD's Radeon 7 and Third Gen Ryzen
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 9, 2019 - 01:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: radeon 7, ces 2019, amd
AMD is still mid-keynote but that's no reason not to start filling you in on what we know, especially since the CES gang just got a free copy of The Division 2 so we may not see them for a while.
The new Radeon 7 looks similar to the Vega series but offers improved performance, especially at 4K resolutions. According to their internal benchmarks you will see a noticeable improvement from the VEGA series on a number of games.
The new card is not just for gaming, they also showed a slide covering the increases you can expect on a variety of creative software.
As far as the specifications go, we know the card will feature 60 CUs, or 3840 Stream Processors and an impressive 16GB of HBM2 memory with a 1.8GHz GPU at the core. It will require a pair of 8pin PCIe power connectors to drive all of that.
The card will be available on Feb 7th for an MSRP of $699, with a free copy of The Division 2 for as long as supplies last, you can also enjoy that deal on select Ryzen chips That places it under the cost of NVIDIA's top GPUs, but significantly more than the new RTX 2060, but we still have to see where it sits in the benchmark charts!
3rd-Gen Ryzen CPUs Coming
The new third generation Ryzen uses AMD's chiplet design, with a smaller core and a large IO chip. Code-named Matisse, the 7nm Zen 2 desktop parts are not yet ready for release, with final clock speeds not announced. (AnandTech was able to go a little deeper into the the matter before the announcement, and they offer some analysis of the feasability of adding another chiplet to the die and meeting the 16-core number some expected based on the rumors we saw prior to this event. Ed.)
Dr. Su did not share much information of the new chip with us on stage, though we know it may pull less power than a Core i9, at least in Cinebench. Owners of AM4 boards can rest assured knowing that upgrading to the new chips will be as easy as a BIOS update as the socket will indeed remain the same.
Expect more coverage as we catch up!