Back at CES 2019, AMD actually surprised both the gaming and professional PC worlds when it announced the Radeon VII. The brand’s first high-end, premium graphics card since the announcement of the Radeon RX Vega 64 and Vega 56 nearly two years ago.
In conjunction with the card’s official launch, AMD was kind enough to send a review unit over to us for testing. While we can’t reveal any benchmarks numbers at the moment, we can however show you the card and the relatively fancy packaging it arrived in.
As you can see, the box containing the graphics card is all-black and simple in design. The only giveaway of the contents is the name of the card at the bottom right, and the stylised roman numeral “VII” at the top-left corner. Which also happens to be a play on AMD’s Vega symbol.
The glass podium seen here showcases a dummy unit of the 7nm Vega GPU, which is what powers the Radeon VII.
While we can’t divulge too much about the Radeon VII’s specification, we can share what is already know. Off the bat, the card comes with 16GB of HBM2 spread out over a 1TB/s memory bandwidth, features 3840 Stream processors, and supports AMD’s FreeSync2 HDR display technology. Naturally.
As far as designs go, it’s clear that AMD has chosen to reuse the same dusted aluminum motif and cooler shroud design that it previously used with its limited edition Radeon RX Vega 64. The main difference between that card and the Radeon VII is the number fans. With the Radeon VII, AMD has allocated three 90mm fan, placed on of the massive heatsink that sit atop the 7nm Vega GPU.
Ports-wise, you’re looking at three DisplayPort 1.4 ports, and a single HDMI 2.0b port. There’s no sign of a dual-link DVI port, but considering that the card was designed for 4K gaming, there’s really no need for it.
As mentioned previously, the AMD Radeon VII will officially be shipping out globally from 7 February 2019 onwards. The card is set to retail for US$699 (~RM2867), but it should be pointed out that local pricing may be slightly higher than the official SRP for obvious reasons.
In the mean time, we’ve already begun testing the card, so you can definitely look forward to our initial impressions of the card soon.