It’s pretty rare for us to do reviews on PC components but AMD has allowed us some time to fondle with the Radeon VII high-end 4K graphics card. While our techs and repertoire of PC games are limited, we would like to nonetheless present our views as a less technical voice on what the new Radeon VII GPU has to offer to those looking for a boost in their graphics and visuals.
Impressions of the Radeon VII
The Radeon VII is the first ever GPU to be built on the 7nm architecture by AMD and features a large high-bandwidth video memory (HBM) of 16GB. By today’s standards, that’s actually quite a whopper. It is indeed incredibly powerful and easily offers 60 frames per second (FPS) on games at the highest settings and up to 4K resolution.
First impressions of the card itself is its aluminium body with a three-fan heat dissipation system. It’s a tad big on size so your casing needs to be at least an ATX to have comfortable room for the card to be installed or removed. Its streamlined, no-nonsense design rides on trend of premium minimalism so while it looks simple, it still feels high-end. A small additional gimmick to its physicality is a red cube adorned at the corner of the card including a red ‘Radeon’ logo on the edge, where both will light up during use. For desktop customisers, it’s good to note that the illumination stays red and cannot be changed.
For connectivity, the card has an HDMI port and three DisplayPorts, which is quite the norm. For the VR enthusiasts, it doesn’t have the new industry standard VirtualLink USB-C connector.
You can connect the card to the PC via PCIe 3.0 and requires a pair of 8-pin power supply connectors to fuel it with a requirement of 300 watts. Lastly and for AMD fans, there won’t be CrossFire, which is AMD’s way of tethering multiple AMD graphics card together for a boost in graphics performance.
The new technologies
On the internal technologies, the Radeon VII doesn’t feature ray tracing, which is a trending thing for high-end GPUs as of late. However, there aren’t many games that are designed to harness ray tracing at the moment. But the Radeon VII is still a beast, capable of withstanding the demands of 4K gaming thanks to the 16GB of VRAM. Having said that, it will also be a great GPU for content creators working on 4K videos or even 8K, which eat up large amounts of memory.
Generally, modern e-sports games such as Overwatch, Fortnite and Heroes of the Storm ran way beyond 60FPS, impressively at 110-120FPS on max or ultra video settings with QHD resolution (2560p X 1440p). We also tested with Resident Evil 2 at 4K (3840 x 2160) but manages to run at an average of 50-60FPS due to memory requirement, which goes slightly above 16GB. We will update this article with a video that’s currently being put together so you can watch the actual gameplay using the Radeon VII and maximising its potential in the framerate department.
While the AMD’s Radeon VII is a high-end GPU, it will serve you for quite a while due to its beastly 16GB of HBM VRAM. Having a ton of GPU memory is indeed essential not only for gaming but in high-process creative works on the PC. If you’re looking for a simplistically powerful graphics card for contemporary use, while stuff like ray tracing and VR isn’t up your alley yet, then the Radeon VII is indeed a worthwhile GPU for your money.