NVIDIA's brand spanking new 12nm RTX 20 series Turing graphics cards over the past couple of weeks, 40% better performance than their predecessors, on the Radeon side has seemingly blessed flown under the radar.
AMD Confirms New 7nm Radeon Graphics Cards Launching in 2018
Earlier this week the company was confirmed in a press release, and later as President and CEO. Su confirmed in an interview with Marketwatch that AMD is on track to launch the world's first 7nm graphics cards this year. While the world's first 7nm CPUs built on the company's second generation Zen 2 x86 64-bit core, they are on track to be on shelves next year.
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"AMD's next major milestone is the introduction of our upcoming 7nm product portfolio, including the initial products with our second generation" Zen 2 "CPU core and our new" Navi "GPU architecture. We have already taped out multiple 7nm products at TSMC, including our first 7nm GPU planned to launch later this year and our first 7nm server CPU that we plan to launch in 2019 "
The company had already demonstrated working 7nm GPU silicon back at June at Computex, which has been sampling later and this year. Based on an improved iteration of the Vega architecture which debuted last year, 7nm Vega is nothing short of a beast. The new GPU supports intrinsic AI instructions and features four HBM2 8GB stacks running across a 4096-bit memory interface for a total of 32GB vRAM.
AMD's 7nm Vega is a Monster – 1.25x Turing's Compute at Half The Size
Whilst TSMC's leading-edge 7nm process technology, which has reportedly enabled the company, could reasonably expect around one terabyte of memory bandwidth, higher clock speeds and significantly better power efficiency to extract at unbelievable 20.9 TFLOPS of graphics compute out of 7nm Vega, according to one source. If true, it would make it the world's first 20 TFLOPS GPU.
That figure is simply unheard of especially out of a chip of that size, which Anandtech estimates to be roughly 336mm² large. 25% ahead of NVIDIA's most powerful GPU yet, the 754mm² monster Turing GPU. All the while Vega 20 allegedly achieves this with the silicon real-estate.
In June, AMD wanted to bring in fact 7nm GPUs to gamers, although they did not provide any additional details. 7nm Vega always wants to make it to the gaming market, or if gamers want to wait until the company's successor codenamed Navi next year. 7nm Vega is all it's cracked up to be, we might see you have a surprise or two later this year.
AMD Polaris 10, Vega 10 and Vega 20 GPUs
|GPU||Polaris 10||Vega 10||Vega 20|
|Graphics Card||RX 480, 470||Vega FE, 64, 56||TBA  Process||14LPP||14LPP||7nm|
|Transistors In Billions||5.7||12||TBA|
|Stream Processors||up to 2304|| Up to 4096  TBA
|Performance||5.8 TFLOPS||Up to 13 TFLOPS|| 20 TFLOPS
|TDP||150W||Up to 290W||TBA  Memory||8GB GDDR5||Up to 16GB HBM2||Up to 32GB HBM2|
| 2000 MHz
|950 MHz|| 1250 MHz
|Bandwidth||256 GB / s  484 GB / s|| 1.28 terabytes / s