AMD’s Radeon 7 GPU, the world’s first graphics card built on a seven nanometre (7nm) technology process, has just gone on sale.
The Radeon 7 − styled as ‘Radeon VII’ − represents a big step up in performance from the previous-gen Radeon Vega 64.
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AMD’s claiming double the memory and 2.1 times the memory bandwidth performance compared to the Radeon Vega 64, a 35% general performance boost in Battlefield 5, and 42% higher performance in Strange Brigade.
Key specs include a base clock speed of 1450MHz, a boost clock speed of up to 1750MHz, 60 compute units and 3840 stream processors – stream processors on AMD GPUs are roughly equivalent to Nvidia’s CUDA cores – which means, on paper, this compares well to the Nvidia RTX 2080, the Founders Edition of which has a base clock of 1515MHz, boost speed of 1800MHz and 2944 CUDA cores.
While AMD isn’t shaking things up with a headline-grabbing feature like ray tracing, what is interesting is the manufacturing process. Simply put, the 7nm node means that more transistors can be fitted onto the processor die, versus, say, a 12nm PC component.
AMD cards of the previous Radeon generation used a 12nm design, and Nvidia’s recent 20 Series GPUs are also 12nm components.
A higher transistor density means (in theory) better performance, or cheaper prices. The Radeon 7 costs $699 in the US, but UK pricing hasn’t yet been announced.
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The US price currently converts to roughly £540, which is significantly cheaper than the £749 asking price for a Founders Edition RTX 2080.
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