ASRock Unveils The Radeon VII Phantom Gaming 7mm Vega 20 Graphics Card
It was at CES 2019 the CEO of AMD, Lisa Su revealed the very first consumer graphics card, the Radeon VII that’s built on the company's new 7mm process. As of today, we are getting a close look at the very first third-party card based entirely on the new GPU whose primary target is the gamers, that graphics card in focus is the ASRock.
The new ASRock Radeon VII Phantom gaming card is a reference design, the only real change in comparison to the AMD-branded card are the ASRock/Phantom Gaming stickers on the very center of the triple fans.
Radeon VII gaming card will have a two 8-pin PCIe power connection, one HDMI port, and three DisplayPort connections. Regarding specs, the VII Phantom will feature 16GB of HBM2 memory ( in theory that equates to a 4,096-bit bus, 1TB/s), a base clock of 1.45GHz and boost clock of 1.8GHz. The GPU alone will have 60 compute units and 3,840 stream processing.
At the unveiling, AMD stated that the Radeon VII would offer a 25 percent boost in performance versus the current Radeon Vega 64 which have the same power levels. The company would later post their benchmarks of several games that showed a 29 percent boost in performance, advantage Radeon VII.
According to those close to the company, they stated that the Radeon VII is comparable to NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 2080, minus dedicated hardware for real-time ray-tracing. That statement alone may have caused the CEO of NVIDIA, Jensen Huang to throw the proverbial shade at AMD. Without going in depth to what he said, let's say he isn't impressed with what AMD has to offer in comparison to their flagship RTX 2080. Still and all, from my perspective, the Radeon VII seems like it should perform well despite not having any specialize standout features.
AMD's reference Radeon VII is set to launch on February 7th, retailing at $699.