AMD Radeon VII Review

Test Setup and Clock Speeds

AMD Radeon VII Preview

Test Setup

AMD Radeon VII
Intel i7 6850K
ASUS X99 Strix
Corsair ROG Dominator Platinum 3200
Corsair RM1000i
Corsair LX 512GB OS
Corsair LS 480GB x2 Raid0 Games
Corsair H100i V2
Windows 10

 

Clock Speeds

Normally this is the point in the review when we bring you the overclocking results. Admittedly this has been less of a major step change in recent years as manufacturers have utilised driver based overclocking to the point that there is very little extra to be squeezed out whilst retaining the cooling of the card - i.e not going liquid or sub zero. One of the major new features with the Radeon VII is their refined temperature probe system that allows the card to know how warm it is to a much more precise level than before, and thus boost it's own clock to the very limits of the power and thermal capabilities.

We did contact AMD about the lack of overclocking just to make sure and we have been told this is a 'known issue' and that it will be fixed. We cant help but feel that with something like this that they should have delayed the launch, either that or they know that there really isnt any headroom and want to get the major wave of reviews out of the way and hope no one rally says too much about it.

Does it work? Unquestionably. So much so we couldn't extract any more than it could do when it was left to its own devices. A close look at the figures below show that the average clock speed hits 1744 MHz with a peak boost of 1801 MHz. Both are impressive figures. How does it perform though?

AVERAGE

AMD Radeon VII Average Clock Speeds  

PEAK

AMD Radeon VII Peak Clock Speeds  

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Most Recent Comments

07-02-2019, 09:23:14

looz
Nice to have options, but this also means we won't see any significant change in the inflated prices before Navi launch. Hopefully the supply improves.


But it seems that Vega VII is competitive in titles which make good use of async compute and otherwise it's almost a 2070 competitor, making it overall a hard card to recommend.Quote

07-02-2019, 09:46:48

Dicehunter
Based on this review, And several others, I will not be purchasing a Radeon 7, I'll either wait for high end Navi or if that disappoints aswell I'll end up quitting PC, Prices are going up and up and up and gen to gen performance is stagnating.Quote

07-02-2019, 10:15:55

tgrech
Do you know why the performance is worse than RXVega64 in Battlefield 1? Is that from patches or something?

Edit: Love the new battlestation though
Edit2: I've seen some other benches showing the Radeon7 outperforming the 2080 too or 35% better than Vega64 I think something external might have affected that testQuote

07-02-2019, 10:38:19

AlienALX
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
Based on this review, And several others, I will not be purchasing a Radeon 7, I'll either wait for high end Navi or if that disappoints aswell I'll end up quitting PC, Prices are going up and up and up and gen to gen performance is stagnating.
Well the games are stagnant also, IMO. I will see if I eat my words come the 14th (Metro Exodus) and the 20something? FC New Dawn.

If they're Tom Tit I will probably not even bother setting up my PC at my new flat for a while.

But aye, a 1080Ti will do any one tbh.

Edit. Apologies, where are my manners? thank you kindly Mr Guv for the review. It's pretty much everything Lisa Su said it would be so no false expectations or smoke and mirrors like last time. I am glad she handled the launch tbh. It really cut out on the bullshine.Quote

07-02-2019, 12:04:41

demonking
Great review, Thanks Tom. Look forward to seeing how the AIB's present these, hopefully we see some lower temps, higher oc's and a little less noise.Quote
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