AMD’s Radeon VII in the hands of reviewers

Written by Branton

Last updated Feb 14, 2020

AMD’s newest flagship graphics card, the Radeon VII, has finally hit the hands of reviewers amid a swarm of unboxing videos… Whoopie, everyone’s favorite… Early results show it keeping up with Nvidia’s 2-year old GTX 1080 Ti as well as being on par with their new RTX 2080.

However, no full-scale independent benchmarks have been released yet. None that I would consider reputable at the very least. Well, outside of a couple of Radeon VII leaks. Expect more benchmarks before the February 7th release date.

The Radeon VII is the world’s first consumer-grade 7nm graphics card. It’s a huge step forward in GPU tech and could completely revolutionalize the market. It’s packing an impressive 16GB of 4096-bit HBM2 VRAM that operates up to 1TB/s, a whopping 3840 Stream Processors, and support for AMD’s FreeSync 2 HDR tech.

Early teardowns show the Radeon VII to be using a sub-optimal graphite thermal solution in comparison to traditional TIM. Most day-1 reviewers have mentioned that they would be replacing it with their own choice of TIM, likely some Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut or Arctic MX-4. Personally, I would opt for MX-4 because it’s cheaper and the performance difference is negligible.

If you want to see a full tear-down and first-hand opinions, definitely check out Gamers Nexus’ video:

Whether you should buy a Radeon VII over another card, like the RTX 2080, is a tough call. While it’s rumored to perform similarly to an RTX 2080 with RTX off, it’s also priced the same with an MSRP of $699. Personally, I would wait for benchmarks. Again, you can expect to see A LOT of reputable benchmarks dropping within the next 2 days.

The Radeon VII officially releases on February 7th, 2019. Once more info is available, we’ll be posting an update.

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