The vital specs are muscular, with thoroughly handsome GFLOPS throughput and class-leading memory capacity and bandwidth.
Announced to much fanfare at CES 2019, AMD reckons it is back in the premium graphics-card game with the Radeon VII GPU.
The method by which the red team goes toe-to-toe with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 is disarmingly simple: it takes the existing machine-learning, Vega-based Radeon Instinct MI50 card, massages the frequency a bit, and encases it in a new, gamer-orientated cooler.
The vital specs are muscular, with thoroughly handsome GFLOPS throughput and class-leading memory capacity and bandwidth. The sum of these changes improves the Radeon RX Vega 64's performance by around 25 per cent, which is particularly telling at QHD and UHD resolutions.
In fact, the $699 (£650) Radeon VII fits in just below an RTX 2080 FE card, making it, on paper, an excellent choice for fluid gaming at lovely resolutions. All good, then? Not quite.
Though undeniably the fastest, best-looking gaming card AMD has ever produced, the need to crank up frequencies results in a brute-force approach that causes the card to run hot and annoyingly loud. In contrast, the rival RTX 2080, starting at the same asking fee, is a fundamentally more refined package and, for what it is worth right now, has raytracing and image-quality features that AMD doesn't.
Bottom line: solid in performance yet lacking in other areas, the AMD Radeon VII is hard to recommend in the face of a plethora of RTX 2080 cards that are, on balance, better in most regards.
Fastest gaming card from AMD
Huge memory capacity and bandwidth
Three excellent games bundle
Noisy under load
No forward-looking architecture
Not as energy efficient as rival RTX
AMD Radeon VII
The AMD Radeon VII graphics card is available to purchase from Scan Computers.
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