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Radeon 7 a Hit and Miss Gaming Card From AMD, Shines in Compute Performance

-The embargo on Radeon 7 has finally lifted. The long-awaited results of the first proper 7nm graphics card are here. However, It seems that maybe 7nm isn’t all that we thought it to be. After initial sample testing, it has been discovered that AMD’s Radeon 7 has quite a ways to go before it can be considered a “competitive” card in the market. Furthermore, what PC enthusiasts across the globe were hoping to be the kick to Nvidia’s exuberant pricing of their RTX series has turned out to fall quite far from it.

The Performance

It should be noted that the Radeon 7 performs just as well as the RTX 2080 in Sniper Elite 4 at 4K resolution using DirectX 12. Much the same can be said about Far Cry 5 at 1440p. However, in most other titles, the RTX 2080 is about 7-10 frames ahead of the Radeon 7 which is a significant enough gap to make buyers rub their chins in front of the shelves.

F1 2018 Benchmarks Source – GamersNexus
Sniper Elite Benchmarks Source – GamersNexus
OpenGL Testing Results Source – GamersNexus

Though the gaming figures are a little iffy, AMD claimed that in terms of sheer computing power, their card was ahead of the curve. They were absolutely right with their claims as seen in the test scores of OpenGL compute testing. The Radeon 7 had a considerable edge over its competitor in every scenario.

The Bottom Line

The Radeon 7, in its current state, is not at all recommendable. With performance very similar to that of the RTX 2080 and no ray tracing capabilities, it’s fair to say that the Radeon 7 is not winning fans among seasoned members of the PC gaming community. Let’s hope AMD understands finds a way to make users think twice about buying an RTX 2080 before 7nm becomes another lost ambition.

Furthermore, drivers have yet to improve for the Radeon 7. AMD shines in the department of drivers and their RX 580, with 8GBS of GDDR5 VRAM, is proof of this. AMD understands how to make its hardware sing to the chorus of PC gaming and workloads alike, perhaps that is something that they plan on showing us again with time. In terms of OpenGL workloads only, it’s quite a spectacular card and is the best bang-for-your-buck in terms of performance-per-dollar.


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