Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

AMD Unveils Third-Gen Ryzen CPUs, Available Mid

AMD Unveils Third-Gen Ryzen CPUs, Available Mid

This necessitates an adjustment to AMD's product stacks and it now appears that the new performance kick may come from these new Radeon VII cards rather than exclusively from Vega price cuts.

At its CES 2019 keynote, AMD debuted an unnamed octa-core, 16-thread part based on the company's new 7nm Zen 2 architecture.

It's not clear if we'll see any downstream Radeon VII products.

Similarly, Su showed off benchmark tests on Battlefield V, Fortnite, and Strange Brigade running 25 to 42 percent faster compared with the Radeon RX Vega 64. However, the company's CEO, Dr. Lisa Su, divulged rather less about the anticipated next-generation EPYC processors.

- Radeon 7 will have up to 30% better performance over the RX Vega 64 in content creation workloads like Blender and up to 60% better for OpenCL. AMD claims the device will offer 25% more performance while using the same level of power. While that may not sound all that impressive on the face of it, high-refresh gaming requires strong single-threaded performance, and keeping the resolution relatively low helps emphasize the CPU over the GPU.

The AMD Radeon VII GPU is expected to start shipping on February 7th 2019 with a recommend retail price of $699 excluding taxes, which is roughly £660 including 20 percent tax when converted directly.

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But the 7nm process also allows the GPU to be run faster too, and the Vega core at the heart of the Radeon VII is running at up to 1,800MHz.

If it can match the performance of the RTX 2080, however, Nvidia has already established that you can charge up to $800 for such a card.

Radeon VII will be clocked at speeds up to 1.8GHz and will feature 16GB of High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2). Toss it out for $700 and AMD could make a mark on the enthusiast gaming landscape without having to so much as mention real-time ray tracing.

But still, a new, high-performance 7nm Vega GPU is a surprise given that AMD had previously stated it wasn't even considering the shrunken chip for a gaming release.

Another big of good news is Ryzen 3rd Generation is sticking to the same AM4 socket, so its new CPUs will work with existing 300 and 400-series AMD motherboards.

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