AMD has reportedly halted ceased the production of the Radeon VII. The card, which was announced during CES 2019 earlier this year, came as a surprise to many attendees at the time, as they were initially just expecting the company to announce its new 3rd generation Ryzen CPU.
The news comes by way of the French-based tech site, Cowcotland, who says that AMD allegedly declared the card’s “end of life” cycle last month. Specs-wise, the Radeon VII is built around the company’s then brand new 7nm, Vega-based GPU architecture. It features 16GB HBM2 memory, 3840 Stream processors, and even an extremely wide 1TB/s memory bus. Speed-wise, the card runs at a boost clock of 1.89GHz.
While there is no official reason, one likely reason behind AMD’s decision to effectively kill off the Radeon VII is due to the announcement of its Radeon RX 5700 series. Compared to the new Navi-powered GPU, the Radeon VII is less cost-effective and even has a far higher power consumption.
Having said that, it should be pointed out that the Radeon RX 5700 series still lack both the ability and hardware to render real-time ray-tracing. Unlike its direct rivals that is the NVIDIA GeForce RTX series graphics card.