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AMD Announces Radeon VII GPU, Teases Third-Generation Ryzen CPU

Accepted submission by takyon at 2019-01-14 06:32:29
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At AMD's CES 2019 keynote, CEO Lisa Su revealed the Radeon VII [anandtech.com], a $700 GPU built on TSMC's "7nm" process. The GPU should have around the same performance and price as Nvidia's already-released RTX 2080 [soylentnews.org]. While it does not have any dedicated ray-tracing capabilities, it includes 16 GB of High Bandwidth Memory.

Nvidia's CEO has trashed his competitor's new GPU [gizmodo.com], calling it "underwhelming" and "lousy". Meanwhile, Nvidia has announced that it will support Adaptive Sync [wccftech.com], the standardized version of AMD's FreeSync [wikipedia.org] dynamic refresh rate and anti-screen tearing technology. Lisa Su also says that AMD is working on supporting ray tracing in future GPUs, but that the ecosystem is not ready yet.

Su also showed off a third-generation Ryzen CPU [anandtech.com] at the CES keynote, but did not announce a release date or lineup details. Like the second generation of Epyc server CPUs [soylentnews.org], the new Ryzen CPUs will be primarily built on TSMC's "7nm" process, but will include a "14nm" GlobalFoundries I/O part that includes the memory controllers and PCIe lanes. The CPUs will support PCIe 4.0 [wikipedia.org].

The Ryzen 3000-series ("Matisse") should provide a roughly 15% single-threaded performance increase while significantly lowering power consumption. However, it has been speculated that the chips could include up to 16 cores or 8 cores with a separate graphics chiplet. AMD has denied that there will be a variant with integrated graphics [anandtech.com], but Lisa Su has left the door open for 12- or 16-core versions of Ryzen [engadget.com], saying that "There is some extra room on that package, and I think you might expect we'll have more than eight cores". Here's "that package" [anandtech.com].

Also at The Verge [theverge.com].

Previously: Watch AMD's CES 2019 Keynote Live: 9am PT/12pm ET/5pm UK [soylentnews.org]


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