NVIDIA CEO Believes the AMD Radeon VII is "Underwhelming"


According to AMD, it offers 1.8x gaming performance per area, 2x memory capacity and 2.1x memory bandwidth, compared to the Radeon RX Vega 64.

While exact performance of course remains to be seen, it's interesting that AMD is basing its gaming-focussed version of Vega 20 on the cut down variant of the GPU, as the additional cores on a fully enabled version could have enabled RTX 2080-beating performance - going by AMD's own figures and our own rough calculations, at least. That leaves a possible opening for a full-fledged Vega chip based on the 7nm node. Instead, his problem seems to be the apparent lack of ray tracing support or an equivalent to the Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) technology Nvidia introduced with its Turing architecture.

From a comparison perspective, the Vega 64 or even Nvidia's recent launch, the RTX 2080 come with 8 GB of graphics memory, which means a two-fold capability enhancement for the Radeon VII. In the meantime, it turns out AMD shared more of its own benchmark data than we initially thought. "And if we turn on ray tracing we'll crush it". AMD used HBM2 memory in the Radeon VII, too, and mass production on that memory started back in 2016.

Using the Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid Cooled Edition, the theoretical FP32 computing power only increases marginally. More details about those tests can be found here.

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The report stated that AMD CEO Lisa Su responded to Huang's comment by saying "I would probably suggest he hasn't seen it" - referring the to the Radeon VII. It's a jumbled mess, so we cleaned things up for easy viewing. Ray tracing allows for more cinematic and realistic visuals.

Huang's claims about FreeSync appear to rely less on speculation than his dismissal of the Radeon VII. The truth is most of the FreeSync monitors do not work. He trumpeted Nvidia's commitment to testing: "We will test every single card against every single monitor against every single game and if it doesn't work, we will say it doesn't work".

Right now this is quite literally a case of he-said she-said.

Like everyone else, we're eager to get our hands on AMD's new Radeon VII graphics card and run it through a gamut of games to see how it performs, and especially how it compares to other high-end GPUs.