The company started off with a brief gaming demo focused around Forza Horizon 4, where a Ryzen 3000-series machine with a Radeon VII graphics card was able to maintain over 110 FPS in the game running at 1920x1080 resolution with graphics settings at maximum.
Using a 7nm manufacturing process (much like the Radeon 7) and based on the company's new "Zen 2" x86 core architecture that they use for their server-grade Epyc processors, AMD said their 3rd Gen Ryzen CPUs will "absolutely set the bar on performance, technology and power efficiency". Damn, this AMD Radeon VII is just layers upon layers of clever. While we all had assumed (based on the logo trademark) that it would be called Radeon Vega II, it is in fact called Radeon VII. It provides up to 27 percent higher performance in the popular open source 3D creation application Blender7, up to 27 percent higher performance in the professional video editing, color correction and visual effects application DaVinci Resolve 158, and up to 62 percent higher performance in the OpenCL™ LuxMark compute benchmark9 compared to the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics card. The VII slots in above the RX Vega 64 and averages about 29 percent faster, putting it within spitting distance of Nvidia's RTX 2080.
But the 7nm process also allows the GPU to be run faster too, and the Vega core at the heart of the Radeon VII is running at up to 1,800MHz.
The Radeon VII will go on sale for $699 on February 7. Windows gaming performance is 25~42% faster over RX Vega 64 with 4K gaming. The new card's memory subsystem has also been uprated: it's still using HBM2, but it's using 16GB clocked at 2Gb/s with a 4,096-bit bus compared to 8GB clocked at 1.89Gb/s with a 2,048-bit bus.
AMD will also give the highly anticipated Resident Evil 2, Devil May Cry 5 and Tom Clancy's The Division 2 for free with the purchase of an eligible AMD Radeon VII graphics card or Radeon VII powered PC.
If it can match the performance of the RTX 2080, however, Nvidia has already established that you can charge up to $800 for such a card.
Just in case you'd forgotten what AMD's Dr Lisa Su was talking about for a second...