Tomorrow, Radeon VII goes on sale. Tomorrow will be the ban on reviews.
But someone decided to run faster than a locomotive and has published the results of testing today. And we can see them.
Please note that tomorrow is better to cross-check these data by other tests. But now it looks for new AMD good. Yes, it has no hardware acceleration of ray tracing, she eats much more of a competitor, but she is really a competitor for the GeForce RTX 2080. Honestly, I didn’t expect. Of course, if many of tomorrow reviews all confirm this.
But there is one fly in the ointment. I would say a bucket. Previously been rumors that the map will be in short supply and will supposedly be released with a total circulation of about 5000 pieces. AMD said that it will try to meet the demand from gamers, as if that were encouraging, but directly to the company the rumors are denied. And today they received confirmation. British retailer claims that the whole UK at the start of sales will be 100 cards. One hundred!
Spain and France reportedly received only 20 cards, but there may be a question of any one manufacturer. But in any case, it’s just crumbs. It’s not even the deficit, this is some limited edition version, which fit to assign serial numbers and to take the margin for uniqueness.
While all of this is not confirmed, but actually I quite admit the possibility. Still Radeon VII — transitional child. Lisa su already confirmed officially that the adapters Navi will be released this year, and rumors say that it will happen in June-July. In addition, Radeon VII is a complete replica of the accelerator computing Radeon MI50 Instinct, that is, AMD did not create the game map, it took a specific accelerator and transformed it into gaming with minimal costs. It is enough that there is utter 16GB of memory HBM2, which is very expensive. Install AMD 8 GB card would be 100-150 dollars cheaper, that is at an equal footing with RTX 2080 performance it would price competed with RTX 2070, and this would be cool. But this change in production, it’s extra money… well, a little sad, but in any case you need to wait for Navi.