AMD Retires the Radeon VII Less Than Five Months Into Launch
AMD has reportedly discontinued production of its flagship Radeon VII graphics card. In step with a Cowcotland chronicle, AMD no longer finds it viable to manufacture and sell the Radeon VII at costs aggressive to NVIDIA’s RTX 2080, in particular when its most in vogue Radeon RX 5700 XT performs within 5-12 % of the Radeon VII at lower than 1/2 its set aside. AMD potentially expects personalized-fabricate RX 5700 XT cards to narrow the hole even extra. The RX 5700 XT has lesser BOM (invoice of offers) worth when put next with the Radeon VII, attributable to the simplicity of its ASIC, a pale GDDR6 memory setup, and far lighter electrical requirements.
In stark contrast to the RX 5700 XT, the Radeon VII relies mostly on a complicated MCM (multi-chip module) that has not factual a 7 nm GPU die, however additionally four 32 Gbit HBM2 stacks, and a silicon interposer. It additionally has great steeper VRM requirements. Making issues worse is the now-passe “Vega” architecture or not it’s based mostly on, which loses qualified time towards “Navi” at performance/Watt. The longer term of AMD’s excessive-pause VGA lineup is risky. Having a eye at the capacity “Navi” comes shut to performance/Watt parity with NVIDIA on the RX 5700, AMD would possibly presumably maybe additionally be tempted to manufacture a elevated GPU die based mostly on “Navi,” with a pale GDDR6-based mostly memory sub-blueprint, to snatch one other swing at NVIDIA’s excessive-pause.