AMD Radeon VII Sapphire, ASRock, and XFX Reference Models Launched

AMD Radeon VII was one of the highlights of CES 2019. Now, ASRock, Sapphire, and XFX have launched their AMD Radeon VII reference models.

The reason for these companies to roll out Radeon VII reference models is that custom designs will launch on February 7, 2019. Given that these are reference designs, the specs remain the same and even the design remains unchanged.

As for the AMD Radeon VII specs, the GPU features 3840 shaders, 1400 MHz base clock, 1750 MHz boost clock, and 16 GB of HBM2 VRAM. Obviously, the Radeon VII is a high-end card and I am still looking forward to AMD’s 7nm mid-range GPUs.

When the GPU was announced, a report emerged suggesting that AMD Radeon VII will only see less than 5000 units released. According to the report, the reason was AMD allegedly losing money on each unit sold.

AMD is losing money on each card sold as they are, as I said before, just Radeon Instinct MI50 cards that are being re-purposed into ‘new’ Radeon VII cards.

However, the report turned out to be false. AMD clarified the situation stating that AMD Radeon VII production will meet its demand.

While we don’t report on production numbers externally, we will have products available via AIB partners and AMD.com at launch of Feb. 7, and we expect Radeon VII supply to meet demand from gamers.

In terms of performance, Radeon VII is a beast of a GPU. AMD showcased Devil May Cry 5 running at 4K/60 FPS at Ultra Settings during the reveal.

Furthermore, AMD revealed Ryzen 3000 Mobile CPUs, Athlon Mobile, A-Series Mobile 2019 full lineup. However, these mobile CPUs are based on the 12nm process node and Zen 3 Core.

AMD further revealed that Radeon Software Adrenalin will allow these Ryzen 3000 Mobile CPUs to access game optimizations and latest GPU features from AMD.

Users expect mobile PCs that excel at both everyday tasks and compute-heavy experiences, and with our latest mobile processor portfolio AMD offers exactly that across all levels of the market. “Notebook users want to experience the latest modern features while streaming, gaming, or finishing work faster. Enabling breakthrough entertainment experiences, AMD is pleased to enable a wide range of AMD powered notebooks than ever that deliver on those expectations with blazing fast performance, rich graphics, and long battery life.

With AMD Radeon VII featureing high-end specs, it seems that AMD plans to place the GPU as a direct competitor to Nvidia Geforce Titan GPUs.