The AMD Radeon VII is the world’s first 7nm graphics card

Most of the big announcements at CES have come and gone but a late-in-the-game surprise came in the shape of AMD’s new gaming silicon: the world’s first 7nm gaming GPU. AMD CEO Lisa Su used the company’s keynote to reveal the Radeon VII, which is the “next generation of high-performance gaming GPUs” according to the company. It’s built on the second-generation AMD Vega architecture, has 60 compute units and runs at a base clock speed of 1.8 GHz.

Compared with AMD’s current Radeon RX Vega 64, the new card halves the size of its die process from 14nm to 7nm. Why is that important? Because the smaller the process the smaller the transistors, the less energy they consume and the more you can fit on a processor core.

In the nutshell, it means performance should be better, while decreasing power consumption and operating temperatures. READ NEXT: The best graphics cards you can buy “Should” is a key word here, given how complex computer architecture can be, and how performance hinges on the software the system operates on.

Su backed this up saying the Radeon VII delivers 35% better performance in Battlefield V playing at 4K over the RX Vega 64. Fortnite, meanwhile, had a 25% boost in performance, while non-gaming software like Photoshop and Blender apparently runs 30% faster. Memory has also been given an boosty with double the amount of HBM2 RAM at 16GB, double the bus width at 4,096-bit, and a huge 1TB of memory bandwidth. The GPU is a challenge to Nvidia, in particular the range-topping RTX 2080.

The AMD card doesn’t have anything equivalent to Nvidia’s ‘ray tracing’ capabilities, which calculate the colour of pixels by gauging the path of light in virtual scenes (essentially delivering better-looking lighting and shadows) but its die process is smaller than the 12nm in Nvidia’s RTX 2-series, giving it a significant advantage in logic density.

The Radeon VII will cost £699 (around GBP548) when it launches on 7 February.

That price will also get you a copy of Devil May Cry 5, Resident Evil 2, and The Division 2, so you’ll have some games to put it through its paces.

Sapphire R9 NANO 4GB HBM HDMI 3x DisplayPort PCI-E Graphics CardAdditional hardware (e.g. Blu-ray drive, 4K monitor, TV tuner, wirelessly enabled HDTV) and/or software (e.g. multimedia applications) are required for the full enablement of some features. HD Video display requires an HD video source. Not all features maybe supported on all components or systems -check with your component or system manufacturer for specific model capabilities and supported technologies. Testing conducted by AMD Engineering on optimized AMD reference systems. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Far Cry 4 at 3840x2180, Ultra High preset, SMAA, 0XAF is used to simulate GPU performance; the Radeon™ R9 Nano on the system using the Intel® Core™ i7-5960X 3.0GHz processor, 16GB (4x4GB) DDR4 2666 MHz memory, Windows 10 64-bit, and AMD Catalyst Driver 15.201 scored 37.966 fps while the Radeon™ R9 290X on the same system and AMD Catalyst Driver 15.20 scored 27.207 fps GRDT-69 Based on the product design, the Radeon™ R9 Nano is defined with an operating temperature target of 75°C while the Radeon™ R9 290X is defined with an operating temperature target of 95°C GRDT-75 Based on the product design, the Radeon™ R9 Nano is defined with a typical board power of 175W while the Radeon™ R9 290X is defined with a typical board power of 250W GRDT-76 Based on the product design, the Radeon™ R9 Nano is defined with a fan acoustic target of 42dBA while the Radeon™ R9 290X is defined with a fan acoustic target of 58dBA GRDT-77 Testing conducted by AMD Engineering on optimized AMD reference systems. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Far Cry 4 at 3840x2180, Ultra High preset, SMAA, 0XAF is used to simulate GPU performance; the Radeon™ R9 Nano on the system using the Intel® Core™ i7-5960X 3.0GHz processor, 16GB (4x4GB) DDR4 2666 MHz memory, Windows 10 64-bit, and AMD Catalyst Driver 15.201 scored 0.2169 fps/watt while the Radeon™ R9 290X on the same system and AMD Catalyst Driver 15.20 scored 0.1088 fps/watt GRDT-72 Testing conducted by AMD Engineering on optimized AMD reference systems. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Far Cry 4 at 3840x2180, Ultra High preset, SMAA, 0XAF is used to simulate GPU performance; the Radeon™ R9 Nano on the system using the Intel® Core™ i7-5960X 3.0GHz processor, 16GB (4x4GB) DDR4 2666 MHz memory, Windows 10 64-bit, and AMD Catalyst Driver 15.201 scored 0.2498 fps/mm while the Radeon™ R9 290X on the same system and AMD Catalyst Driver 15.20 scored 0.0989 fps/mm GRDT-71 Testing conducted by AMD Engineering on optimized AMD reference systems. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. 3DMark FireStrike at 3840x2180, Ultra preset, 0xMSAA, 0XAF is used to simulate GPU performance; the Radeon™ R9 Nano on the system using the Intel® Core™ i7-5960X 3.0GHz processor, 16GB (4x4GB) DDR4 2666 MHz memory, Windows 10 64-bit, and AMD Catalyst Driver 15.201 scored 3411 while the Sapphire Radeon™ R9 380 Mini ITX on the same system and AMD Catalyst Driver 15.20 scored 1551, the GTX 970 Mini ITX on the same system and GeForce Driver 355.60 WHQL scored 2593, the GTX 960 Mini ITX on the same system and GeForce Driver scored 1297 GRDT-73 .Testing conducted by AMD Engineering on optimized AMD reference systems. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Far Cry 4 at 3840x2180, Ultra High preset, SMAA, 0XAF is used to simulate GPU performance; the Radeon™ R9 Nano on the system using the Intel® Core™ i7-5960X 3.0GHz processor, 16GB (4x4GB) DDR4 2666 MHz memory, Windows 10 64-bit, and AMD Catalyst Driver 15.201 scored 37.966 fps while the GTX 970 Mini ITX on the same system and GeForce Driver 355.60 WHQL scored 27.345 fps GRDT-70 Testing conducted by AMD as of 17 August, 2015 in AMD Performance Labs on the AMD Radeon™ R9 Nano vs. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 Mini ITX at 4K resolution. The games were tested using the following settings: Battlefield 4, 3840x2160, High, FXAA, 0XAF; Crysis 3, 3840x2160, High, 0XAA, 0XAF; Far Cry 4, 3840x2160, High, SMAA, 0XAF; GTA V, 3840x2160, High, 0XAA, 4XAF; Shadow of Mordor, 3840x2160, High, 0XAA, 0XAF; Witcher 3, 3840x2160, High, 0XAA, 0XAF; . System Configuration: test system comprised an Intel® Core™i7-5960X 3.0GHz processor, 16GB (4x4GB) DDR4 2666 MHz memory, Windows 10 64-bit. AMD Catalyst Driver 15.201 and NVIDIA 355.60 WHQL Driver. GRDT-78 Testing conducted by AMD Engineering on optimized AMD reference systems. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Far Cry 4 at 3840x2180, Ultra High preset, SMAA, 0XAF is used to simulate GPU performance; the Radeon™ R9 Nano on the system using the Intel® Core™ i7-5960X 3.0GHz processor, 16GB (4x4GB) DDR4 2666 MHz memory, Windows 10 64-bit, and AMD Catalyst Driver 15.201 scored 0.22 fps/watt while the Sapphire Radeon™ R9 380 Mini ITX on the same system and AMD Catalyst Driver 15.20 scored 0.08 fps/watt, the GTX 970 Mini ITX on the same system and GeForce Driver 355.60 WHQL scored 0.12 fps/watt, the GTX 960 Mini ITX on the same system and GeForce Driver scored 0.13 fps/watt GRDT-74 Discrete AMD Radeon™ GPUs and AMD FirePro™ GPUs based on the Graphics Core Next architecture consist of multiple discrete execution engines known as a Compute Unit (“CU”). Each CU contains 64 shaders (“Stream Processors”) working in unison. GRT-5 DirectX® 12 enablement requires an x86 processor and an AMD Radeon™ graphics chip based on the Graphics Core Next architecture. Windows® 10 Technical Preview 2 (or later) and AMD Catalyst™ driver 15.20 (or later) from Windows Update required. GRT-9 AMD FreeSync™ technology is designed to eliminate stuttering and/or tearing in games and videos by locking a display's refresh rate to the framerate of the graphics card. Check with your component or system manufacturer for specific capabilities. AMD FreeSync™ technology compatible monitor, AMD Radeon™ Graphics and/or AMD A-Series APU compliant with DisplayPort™ Adaptive-Sync required. AMD Catalyst™ 15.2 Beta (or newer) required. Adaptive refresh rates vary by display; check with your monitor manufacturer forspecific capabilities. A list of supported hardware and compatible monitors is available at www.amd.com/freesync. 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