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AMD Radeon VII Review: 4K gaming, but is that enough?

AMD Radeon VII Review: 4K gaming, but is that enough?

Posted   02.07.19
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78 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
78

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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The AMD Radeon VII is AMD’s new flagship graphics card. It’s built for 4K gaming and while it’s certainly fast, it comes at a cost. Launching at $699, the Radeon VII is priced to match the Nvidia RTX 2080 and we’re not convinced it will reliably perform any faster. The first gaming card built on a cutting-edge 7nm manufacturing process, the Radeon VII may give us a glimpse of what’s to come from AMD. With 16GB of super-fast HBM2 memory, the Radeon VII may have additional value to content creators, but for gaming it’s hard to justify at its current price.

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Pros
  • Fast enough to play most games at 4K
  • 16GB of memory
  • Super fast 1TB/s memory bandwidth
Cons
  • Slower than the competition at the same price
  • Needs a lot of power

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78 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
78

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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GOJIRA5150
I truly enjoy having this Card in my Gaming Rig. I paired the VII with a Ryzen...read more
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Damian
AMD, unlike Nvidia, contributes code to open source Linux drivers. Radeon 7...read more
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Mac in tush
crappy AI fp16 performance
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