AMD 7nm Ryzen 3rd Generation processors will come mid

AMD 7nm Ryzen 3rd Generation processors will come mid

It is true that it delivered some excitement, as it finally introduced the new Radeon VII graphics card.

The GPU landscape is more nebulous, though the introduction of Radeon VII is a left-field move that could cause a problem for the high-end RTX GPUs: we have only another month to find out for ourselves.

AMD has also revealed some initial benchmarks in which the AMD Radeon VII is 35% faster than Radeon RX Vega 64 in Battlefield 5, 25% faster in Fortnite and 42% faster in Strange Brigade.

AMD has announced its first 7nm processors will be Ryzen 3rd Generation and they are a doozy. We know that the card will feature 16GB of HBM memory and 1TB/s of memory bandwidth, with an estimated 25 percent performance uplift at the same power level. 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 Radeon VII goes on sale of Feb 7 for $699. The Vega 10 is built on GlobalFoundries' 14nm process; the Vega 20 is built on TSMC's 7nm process.

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AMD were also keen to emphasise that their 3rd Gen Ryzen CPUs will be the first PC platform to support the super fast PCIe 4.0 standard, letting it take advantage of some of the faster graphics cards (hello Radeon 7) and devices that are coming out this year.

Patrick Moorhead, principal Moor Insights & Strategy, said the Radeon VII will perform best in the consumer creative space given its high-bandwidth memory, but it will also perform well in gaming. Nvidia's 2080 RTX runs $799, though third-party manufacturer prices vary.

Celebrating the 50-year milestone AMD is to hit on May 1 this year, Dr. Su spent a little time in outlining how iterative, smart advances in architecture are likely to play a larger part in enhancing future performance than automatic gains from moving to ever-smaller processes, which have slowed down as manufacturing challenges and associated research and implementation costs have escalated. This new GPU is of course directed at content creators and gamers.

There were plenty of Ryzen 3000 and Zen 2 rumours floating around prior to AMD's CES keynote today.