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  • - Hey guys, this is Austin.

  • You might remember this, the streaming PC

  • that we built last year featuring Ryzen 7 2700X.

  • The only issue is that, well,

  • it hasn't exactly seen a lot of love recently.

  • But lucky for us, there's just a little bit of an upgrade

  • courtesy of our friends over at AMD,

  • who are launching Radeon 7 today.

  • We got to take a quick look at Radeon 7 at CES,

  • but this is essentially

  • the new high-end Radeon card from AMD.

  • Now, really, the target here is very much

  • more along the lines of an RTX 2080,

  • and with a $700 price tag,

  • this certainly does not come cheap.

  • Okay, so not only do we have our graphics card,

  • but we also have, wow, this is heavy (laughing),

  • the GPU itself.

  • So do you remember back when Vega 64 came out,

  • they also sent us a reviewer's kit with the GPU.

  • However, here it's a little bit different.

  • So if you take a close look,

  • you'll see that not only do you have

  • the actual Radeon 7 GPU itself,

  • but you also have the HBM2 memory

  • which is on all four sides.

  • Personally, I just love taking a look at this kind of stuff.

  • So unlike Vega, this is a little bit more of a beefy cooler.

  • We do have three fans, and, oh yeah, look at that.

  • It fits pretty much perfectly.

  • Dude, that looks really cool!

  • If you put Radeon 7 side-by-side with Vega 64,

  • at least for the reference coolers,

  • they look very similar,

  • although of course with this guy,

  • we're getting the triple fan set up

  • and honestly what looks like

  • a much-beefier heatsink on the inside.

  • Essentially what you're getting here

  • is a cut-down version of their much more expensive cards,

  • but because it is still based on

  • that seven-nanometer process,

  • it should be a pretty decent performer.

  • There's only one way to find that out.

  • Let me guess, is there multiple ways?

  • But I'm just gonna test it now.

  • So to properly put Radeon 7 through its paces,

  • I've gathered its closest competitors,

  • not only the RTX 2080 as well as the 2080Ti,

  • but also that Vega 64.

  • At this point, I've benchmarked all the cards

  • inside our Ryzen system,

  • so now it's time to give Radeon 7 a try.

  • So while Time Spy runs, I have a power meter

  • if you can see on this,

  • oh, oh, okay, I can do this, I can do this.

  • I have a power-- (power meter button clicks)

  • (Austin laughing)

  • I can't believe I actually did that.

  • Dude, who put the power strip,

  • the thing for the button for the power strip on the side?

  • All right, let's try Time Spy one more time.

  • So power consumption looks pretty decent.

  • We're at 382 watts versus 342 on the 2080

  • as well as just over 400 with Vega as well as the 2080Ti.

  • Not a massive difference,

  • but considering that it's a similar card to Vega

  • except with much higher clock speeds

  • as well as that seven-nanometer process,

  • you know, it could be worse.

  • And we've got 8647.

  • Ooh, that's not so hot.

  • So it's a little bit faster than Vega 64,

  • but that is significantly behind both the 2080

  • and especially the 2080Ti.

  • Gotta say, if that's really the case

  • and the benchmarks we try are similar to that,

  • I'm gonna be pretty disappointed with the Radeon 7.

  • All right, next up we have GTA V.

  • Now this is running essentially maxed out at 4K

  • with the exception of MSAA is set to 2X.

  • Let's see how it performs.

  • So for reference, the 2080,

  • which this really should be competing with,

  • delivered about 56 FPS here,

  • so that's definitely what we need to hit,

  • or at least get as close as possible, so.

  • We're not terrible, it's definitely faster than Vega,

  • but that's still behind the 2080 for the most part.

  • And our result is 48.5.

  • Yeah, I mean, that's better than Vega,

  • but it's not (chuckling), that's behind the 2080

  • by a pretty significant margin.

  • I mean, it's an improvement

  • over what you're getting on Vega 64,

  • but the issue is that this card costs $700,

  • the same as the RTX 2080, and so far,

  • you're not quite getting that level of experience.

  • Performance?

  • Now there are some advantages to Radeon 7.

  • So you do have double the memory.

  • This has 16 gigs of RAM versus eight which is on the 2080,

  • and for some applications, I mean,

  • games aren't really pushing more than 8 gigs of RAM yet,

  • but a lot of video editing stuff can

  • and 3D rendering can hit 10, 12, 13 gigs of RAM.

  • It's cool, too, right?

  • You've got the same amount of VRAM for your graphics card

  • as I have for entire system RAM with this guy.

  • So, I mean, it's cool there's stuff

  • that you can do with 16 gigs of RAM,

  • but I care much more about the actual performance.

  • Having a little bit of a future-proof,

  • I don't think that changed my mind.

  • Next we have Fortnite.

  • Again, we're running full 4K Epic settings,

  • pretty much everything completely maxed out here.

  • For reference, we were able to get

  • just about 60 FPS on the RTX 2080.

  • Look, Fortnite's hard to benchmark.

  • You can't get the exact same scenarios over and over again.

  • I want to try to at least be in the same location

  • and keep things as consistent as possible.

  • Yeah, I'll call that about 49 FPS.

  • It's, again, better than Vega 64,

  • but what we're really lacking here

  • is any kind of real win for the Radeon 7 yet.

  • It's fine, I mean, it's not bad.

  • We are able to play a lot of 4K games

  • at close to 60 FPS maxed out,

  • but close to 60 FPS is not the same as 60 FPS,

  • which is pretty much what the RTX 2080 is giving us.

  • So with Black Ops, we're able to run it again 4K maxed out.

  • The only thing I'm doing is

  • I'm just turning the anti-aliasing down to Medium,

  • but besides that, we should be good.

  • Now for reference, we were able to get

  • 72 FPS on the 2080 like this,

  • so let's see what Radeon 7 will give us.

  • Also, the GPU's at 99 degrees right now?

  • What, no!

  • Whoa, whoa, whoa, we're pulling, like,

  • 420 from the wall now.

  • That's, like, 70, no 40, 50 more watts

  • then we were pulling earlier?

  • Okay, if you ignore the ridiculous temperature,

  • Black Ops is actually taking advantage of all of our memory.

  • Look at that, we're at 10 gigs of RAM?

  • Is it gonna hit a limit at some point?

  • It's just going up.

  • It's just (chuckling),

  • it's just going up.

  • Now, I mean, I guess, the standard sort of thing applies.

  • This is pre-release, I don't have final drivers,

  • so there could be some weird bugs,

  • but nothing that I was reading about

  • said anything about (chuckling) this.

  • I mean, performance is actually pretty good here.

  • I mean, we're getting 75 to 80 frames per second.

  • And you know what, the VRAM actually has stabilized.

  • It's using about 13.5 gigs, which is ridiculous,

  • but you know what, if you've got 16 gigs of RAM, why not?

  • Yeah, you know what,

  • that VRAM usage actually looks accurate.

  • We were using about 15 gigs of RAM.

  • Everything makes much more sense today.

  • So Black Ops was actually telling the truth.

  • After doing a little bit of digging,

  • AMD has actually changed the way

  • they report the temperature on the new GPUs.

  • So as opposed to the edge temperature

  • which just shows, like, 70, 74 degrees,

  • which is still the limit,

  • instead it now also shows

  • the top temperature of the entire GPU