AMD Radeon VII 1440p, 4K & Ultrawide Gaming Performance

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by Rob Williams on February 7, 2019 in Graphics & Displays

AMD’s competition has launched four current-gen GPUs since the fall, so its fans have understandably been anxious for a follow up to 2017’s RX Vega. With the new Radeon VII, AMD is responding. It’s the “world’s first 7nm gaming” GPU, and with 16GB of VRAM, it’s one that’s built for high detail at high resolution.

Synthetic: 3DMark, VRMark & Superposition

UL 3DMark

UL 3DMark Fire Strike (1080p) - AMD Radeon VII Performance
UL 3DMark Fire Strike (4K) - AMD Radeon VII Performance
UL 3DMark Time Spy Extreme (4K) - AMD Radeon VII Performance

NVIDIA’s 2080 beats out AMD’s Radeon VII in the 1080p Fire Strike test, but the VII redeems itself at 4K, pressing 400 points ahead of the 2080. With the DX12-bound Time Spy, also at 4K, NVIDIA leaps to the top of the charts, sitting only behind the 2080 Ti. Somehow, NVIDIA’s RTX absolutely dominates Time Spy, evidenced also by comparing the RTX 2060 to the Vega 64 and GTX 1080.

UL VRMark

Futuremark VRMark Cyan Room
UL VRMark (Cyan Room) - AMD Radeon VII Performance
UL VRMark (Blue Room) - AMD Radeon VII Performance

In Time Spy, NVIDIA’s strong DX12 performance (in that particular test) pushed the RTX 2080 far ahead of the VII, and we see the same thing happen here, in VRMark. With the Cyan room, which is also DX12, the VII sits just a bit behind the 2080. With the Blue room, which represents future VR workloads, the VII falls much further behind, looking at the 1080 Ti’s back.

Unigine Superposition

Unigine Superposition
Unigine Superposition (1080p) - AMD Radeon VII Performance
Unigine Superposition (4K) - AMD Radeon VII Performance

To wrap up our performance testing, Superposition actually weighs the RTX 2070 higher than the Radeon VII at 1080p (with Extreme settings), but at 4K (with Optimized settings), those roles are reversed. It’s hard to gauge how important a test like this is in comparison to actual gaming, but it’s good to see the VII comfortably outperform the Vega 64 in every possible case.

Rob Williams

Rob founded Techgage in 2005 to be an 'Advocate of the consumer', focusing on fair reviews and keeping people apprised of news in the tech world. Catering to both enthusiasts and businesses alike; from desktop gaming to professional workstations, and all the supporting software.

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