The AMD Gaming PC – Ryzen + Radeon 7

– Hey guys, this is Austin You might remember this, the streaming PC that we built last year featuring Ryzen 7 2700X

The only issue is that, well, it hasn't exactly seen a lot of love recently But lucky for us, there's just a little bit of an upgrade courtesy of our friends over at AMD, who are launching Radeon 7 today We got to take a quick look at Radeon 7 at CES, but this is essentially the new high-end Radeon card from AMD Now, really, the target here is very much more along the lines of an RTX 2080, and with a $700 price tag, this certainly does not come cheap Okay, so not only do we have our graphics card, but we also have, wow, this is heavy (laughing), the GPU itself

So do you remember back when Vega 64 came out, they also sent us a reviewer's kit with the GPU However, here it's a little bit different So if you take a close look, you'll see that not only do you have the actual Radeon 7 GPU itself, but you also have the HBM2 memory which is on all four sides Personally, I just love taking a look at this kind of stuff So unlike Vega, this is a little bit more of a beefy cooler

We do have three fans, and, oh yeah, look at that It fits pretty much perfectly Dude, that looks really cool! If you put Radeon 7 side-by-side with Vega 64, at least for the reference coolers, they look very similar, although of course with this guy, we're getting the triple fan set up and honestly what looks like a much-beefier heatsink on the inside Essentially what you're getting here is a cut-down version of their much more expensive cards, but because it is still based on that seven-nanometer process, it should be a pretty decent performer There's only one way to find that out

Let me guess, is there multiple ways? But I'm just gonna test it now So to properly put Radeon 7 through its paces, I've gathered its closest competitors, not only the RTX 2080 as well as the 2080Ti, but also that Vega 64 At this point, I've benchmarked all the cards inside our Ryzen system, so now it's time to give Radeon 7 a try So while Time Spy runs, I have a power meter if you can see on this, oh, oh, okay, I can do this, I can do this I have a power– (power meter button clicks) (Austin laughing) I can't believe I actually did that

Dude, who put the power strip, the thing for the button for the power strip on the side? All right, let's try Time Spy one more time So power consumption looks pretty decent We're at 382 watts versus 342 on the 2080 as well as just over 400 with Vega as well as the 2080Ti Not a massive difference, but considering that it's a similar card to Vega except with much higher clock speeds as well as that seven-nanometer process, you know, it could be worse And we've got 8647

Ooh, that's not so hot So it's a little bit faster than Vega 64, but that is significantly behind both the 2080 and especially the 2080Ti Gotta say, if that's really the case and the benchmarks we try are similar to that, I'm gonna be pretty disappointed with the Radeon 7 All right, next up we have GTA V Now this is running essentially maxed out at 4K with the exception of MSAA is set to 2X

Let's see how it performs So for reference, the 2080, which this really should be competing with, delivered about 56 FPS here, so that's definitely what we need to hit, or at least get as close as possible, so We're not terrible, it's definitely faster than Vega, but that's still behind the 2080 for the most part And our result is 485

Yeah, I mean, that's better than Vega, but it's not (chuckling), that's behind the 2080 by a pretty significant margin I mean, it's an improvement over what you're getting on Vega 64, but the issue is that this card costs $700, the same as the RTX 2080, and so far, you're not quite getting that level of experience Performance? Now there are some advantages to Radeon 7 So you do have double the memory This has 16 gigs of RAM versus eight which is on the 2080, and for some applications, I mean, games aren't really pushing more than 8 gigs of RAM yet, but a lot of video editing stuff can and 3D rendering can hit 10, 12, 13 gigs of RAM

It's cool, too, right? You've got the same amount of VRAM for your graphics card as I have for entire system RAM with this guy So, I mean, it's cool there's stuff that you can do with 16 gigs of RAM, but I care much more about the actual performance Having a little bit of a future-proof, I don't think that changed my mind Next we have Fortnite Again, we're running full 4K Epic settings, pretty much everything completely maxed out here

For reference, we were able to get just about 60 FPS on the RTX 2080 Look, Fortnite's hard to benchmark You can't get the exact same scenarios over and over again I want to try to at least be in the same location and keep things as consistent as possible Yeah, I'll call that about 49 FPS

It's, again, better than Vega 64, but what we're really lacking here is any kind of real win for the Radeon 7 yet It's fine, I mean, it's not bad We are able to play a lot of 4K games at close to 60 FPS maxed out, but close to 60 FPS is not the same as 60 FPS, which is pretty much what the RTX 2080 is giving us So with Black Ops, we're able to run it again 4K maxed out The only thing I'm doing is I'm just turning the anti-aliasing down to Medium, but besides that, we should be good

Now for reference, we were able to get 72 FPS on the 2080 like this, so let's see what Radeon 7 will give us Also, the GPU's at 99 degrees right now? What, no! Whoa, whoa, whoa, we're pulling, like, 420 from the wall now That's, like, 70, no 40, 50 more watts then we were pulling earlier? Okay, if you ignore the ridiculous temperature, Black Ops is actually taking advantage of all of our memory Look at that, we're at 10 gigs of RAM? Is it gonna hit a limit at some point? It's just going up It's just (chuckling), it's just going up

Now, I mean, I guess, the standard sort of thing applies This is pre-release, I don't have final drivers, so there could be some weird bugs, but nothing that I was reading about said anything about (chuckling) this I mean, performance is actually pretty good here I mean, we're getting 75 to 80 frames per second And you know what, the VRAM actually has stabilized

It's using about 135 gigs, which is ridiculous, but you know what, if you've got 16 gigs of RAM, why not? Yeah, you know what, that VRAM usage actually looks accurate We were using about 15 gigs of RAM Everything makes much more sense today So Black Ops was actually telling the truth

After doing a little bit of digging, AMD has actually changed the way they report the temperature on the new GPUs So as opposed to the edge temperature which just shows, like, 70, 74 degrees, which is still the limit, instead it now also shows the top temperature of the entire GPU which is known as the junction temperature, and that actually can run up to 110 degrees safely And it did confirm that, yes, Black Ops does actually use more than 8 gigs of RAM Whether or not that makes a big difference to performance is kinda hard to tell, but it did match the 2080 So like the other games, we are running Battlefield at 4K, DX12 enabled, and pretty much everything's on Ultra

The main difference is that there's no ray tracing enabled since I want to keep things fair between the Radeon as well as the GTX cards, or the RTX cards So for reference, the RTX 2080 delivered about 48 FPS in Battlefield 1 Let's see what Radeon 7 can do This pretty much bogs out around 50, 51 FPS, so this is actually the first game that we've seen the Radeon 7 do better than the RTX 2080 All right, I call that 51

There are some legitimately cool stuff with the Radeon 7 The fact that it's the first seven-nanometer GPU is interesting, but the main thing holding it back is that it's essentially a Vega 64 that has been shrunk down, given higher core clocks as well as more memory, but at its, well, core, it's still pretty much the Vega that we've had for the last couple years It comes close to the 2080, but it can't quite take the win, not unless you're really taking advantage of more than that 8 gigs of RAM So I'm curious, would you want to pick up the Radeon 7 or the RTX 2080, or would you rather just not spend $700 on a graphics card?

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