Today, AMD lifts the veil of the AMD Radeon VII has allowed the media to share their unboxing and first look at the latest graphics card from the Red team. Announced during AMD’s keynote last CES 2019, the Radeon 7 is the world’s first GPU built in 7nm fabrication process. The world still needs to wait until performance figures and final reviews are made available but its not far off as AMD has already announced that the Radeon 7 will hit shelves for retail at February 7, 2019 for $699.
To summarize first what we already know from the CES keynote, the AMD Radeon VII is the world’s first 7nm GPU based on an improved Vega architecture. The Radeon VII will have 16GB of HBM2 memory capable of 1TB/s bandwidth and has a peak engine clock speed of 1.8Ghz. The card is rated to perform at twice the Vega64 but since we can’t talk specifics in performance we’ll leave it at that.
AMD builds the Radeon VII graphics card as a gaming card for the latest AAA games as well as an eSports and content-creation card. Its basically their all-in-one desktop graphics solution for high-performance workloads.
Diving right into it, here’s our first look and unboxing at the AMD Radeon VII graphics card:
AMD Radeon VII Unboxing Video
AMD Radeon VII Unboxing: Product Gallery
First, lets get this out of the way: this is the media kit that AMD is seeding the media partners for their AMD Radeon VII reviews. The card will be pretty much the same with all AIC partners that will do their reference design but the glass display and box will be different. With that said, on to our rundown:
The AMD Radeon VII reference card features a familiar brick design with an aluminum shroud with triple cooling fans. From this angle we can also see that little corner block logo of the Radeon symbol.
AMD also installs a backplate with the Radeon VII. The reference design features horizontal slots along the back for aesthetic purposes. This may change with AIC implementations.
The reference AMD Radeon VII graphics card has an exact 2-slot high cooler. The card has a noticeable copper plate over the GPU die with fins filling up the entire length of the card covered by the aluminum shroud.
One of the sides of the AMD Radeon VII shows us the Radeon logo as well as what is required to power the card: 2x 8-pin PCI-e power. The card is listed with a 300-watt board power rating.
Here’s a shot of the Radeon VII with a reference RX 480.
And here’s another shot of the Radeon VII alongside an NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition graphics card. Take note that AMD positions the Radeon VII against the NVIDIA RTX 2080 only, and we will be comparing it with that graphics card along with the GTX 1080 Ti and the RTX 2070 as well.