Computex 2018: AMD Shows off 7nm Vega Graphics

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 5, 2018 - 11:58 PM |
Tagged: Vega, machine learning, instinct, HBM2, gpu, computex 2018, computex, amd, 7nm

AMD showed off its first 7nm GPU in the form of the expected AMD Radeon Instinct RX Vega graphics product and RX Vega GPU with 32GB of HBM2 memory. The new GPU uses the Vega architecture along with the open source ecosystem built by AMD to enable both graphics and GPGPU workloads. AMD demonstrated using the 7nm RX Vega GPU for ray tracing in a cool demo that showed realistic reflections and shadows being rendered on a per pixel basis in a model. Granted, we are still a long way away from seeing that kind of detail in real time gaming, but is still cool to see glimpses of that ray traced future.

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According to AMD, the 32GB of HBM2 memory will greatly benefit creators and enterprise clients that need to work with large datasets and be able to quickly make changes and updates to models before doing a final render. The larger memory buffer will also help in HPC applications with more big data databases being able to be kept close to the GPU for processing using the wide HBM2 memory bus. Further, HBM2 has physical size and energy efficiency benefits which will pique the interest of datacenters focused on maximizing TCO numbers.

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Dr. Lisa Su came on state towards the end of the 7nm Vega demonstration to show off the GPU in person, and you can see that it is rather tiny for the compute power it provides! It is shorter than the two stacks of HBM2 dies on either side, for example.

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Of course AMD did not disclose all the nitty-gritty specifications of the new machine learning graphics card that enthusiasts want to know. We will have to wait a bit longer for that information unfortunately!

As for other 7nm offerings? As Ryan talked about during CES in January, 2018 will primarily be the year for the machine learning-focused Radeon Instinct RX Vega 7nm GPU, with other consumer-focused GPUs using the smaller process node likely coming out in 2019. Whether those 7nm GPUs in 2019 will be a refreshed Vega or the new Navi is still up for debate, however AMD's graphics roadmap certainly doesn't rule out Navi as a possibility. In any case, AMD did state during the livestream that it intends to release a new GPU every year with the GPUs alternating between new architecture and new process node.

What are your thoughts on AMD's graphics roadmap and its first 7nm Vega GPU?


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June 6, 2018 | 02:19 AM - Posted by Kareha

Yet more AI bullshit, where are the gaming cards that I suspect the majority of PcPer readers are more interested in.

June 6, 2018 | 10:33 AM - Posted by DualGPUsAndTheNewGraphicsAPIs (not verified)

There is always the possibility of some 7nm Vega Cards that use any lower binned DIEs that do not make the grade to be Branded Radeon Instinct, or even Radeon Pro WX.

So maybe once the 7nm Vega Die production ramps up there can be some Lower Bin Dies that can be used for consumer gaming if they are not godd enough for professional usage.

Maybe AMD will have enough 7nm Vega Dies to work up some dual GPU DIEs on a single PCIe card Flagship variant like AMD has done in the past.

The good part about the prices of Vega cards getting closer to MSRP is that maybe there can be more Dual Vega gaming and if the Miners are not Buying the prices will continue to fall on the Current Vega offerings.

If you are AMD, or Nvidia, and you are selling all your current offerings there is not much motivation to go to the next generation just yet and the DX12 and Vulkan Graphics APIs are able to make use of Multi-GPU without the need for CF/SLI so that's still somthing to consider even after the new generation of GPUs beging to arrive.

Once Vega 56/64 becomes cheaper the next logical step before any new offerings arrive is to go multi-GPU for some games that already are making use of DX12's/Vulkan's Milti-GPU via the Graphics API.

June 6, 2018 | 03:35 AM - Posted by Prodeous

Then I might be in minority. I'm curious what the AI part can do. If anyone out there could use that part even for games? A good AI in games would be cool. Likewise for rendering, an AI engine that learns and improves rendering as it goes.. So many possibilities.

But I'll agree that it would be nice for AMD to give gamers a card they are waiting for.

June 6, 2018 | 03:40 AM - Posted by Prodeous

Side note they did announce RX Vega NANO

Still nothing new :(

June 7, 2018 | 03:57 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

Yup, I've been following that since the rumors and it's in the article pipeline now that there's more info on it. My Computex coverage was distracted by my corgi having multiple seizures :-(. We managed to find a vet that was willing to give her a Rx without us having to pay for the expensive bloodwork first just to have to go back in a few weeks and pay for it again (which I just could not afford- her usual vet would not budge on this or do any payment plans so we eneded up going to my MIL's vet who is at the same place heh) so now she is taking meds and hasnt had any in ~a day.



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