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Does the Radeon VII Stand Up to The RTX 2080?

Does the Radeon VII Stand Up to The RTX 2080?

AMD’s new GPU, the Radeon VII has launched worldwide and is available in India for Rs 54,990(Unconfirmed).

This is the first card to use a 7nm chip and boasts 16GB of HBM2 memory but what really matters is how does this compare in performance to the likes of the GTX 1080 Ti and the RTX 2080.

Well, while the card itself is pretty powerful, it can match the performance of the RTX 2080 in a few games while falling short in others. While technologically this is a really cool GPU, it does not make sense to buy one from a consumers perspective.

AMD’s new Navi GPUs are rumoured to be announced soon which will bring a new generation of GPUs. Not to mention, the card is apparently already has restricted availabilty with reports suggetsting that the total production run would be of only 5,000 units.

The price is another factor that needs to be taken into consideration. Do you really want to get a card that performs just below the 1080 Ti most of the times, has limited availability and doesn’t even come with anything special besides the great memory on it? Its price in the USA is similar to the RTX 2080 with unconfirmed reports stating that it will cost Rs55k or Rs 68k in India. So is it really a good investing if it ocsts the same as an RTX 2080 but with less features?

It competes against the RTX 2080 but the Radeon VII card consumes more power, is louder and does not have any custom designed cards. This is currently AMD’s best card for gaming but it just feels lacklustre. And with cards like the GTX 1080 and GTX 1080 Ti available on the second-hand market for cheap, it might make better sense to go for those as compared to this.

The card is also aimed at content creators and if you really want the best AMD GPU on the market and cannot wait a little bit more then this card is for you but honestly, it feels like a bridge between the previous gen of AMD GPUs and the upcoming Navi GPUs. If 1440p gaming is what you’re aiming for though, this will get the job done, especially with a High Refresh Rate Monitor that has Freesync.

Do you think the Radeon VII is worth it? Let us know your thoughts below.

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Darren Rodrigues
Feb 08, 2019