All the Radeon VII graphics cards: Where are they?

Update, 2/7/19, 3:37pm CT: Added AMD's statement about graphics card availability below.

Have you read our review of AMD's latest and greatest? While we may not have showered the card with lavish praise, the Radeon VII is still the fastest single-GPU Radeon card that has ever existed. It's also the fastest 7-nm GPU to date. (Hah.) AMD said the card would be available at e-tail today, and sure enough, we've found listings for it in the U.S., Canada, the UK, and Germany. Good luck actually trying to buy one, though—they're all sold out already. We were told that Amazon and AMD itself both had stock earlier, but both are out now.

Gigabyte, MSI, ASRock, Asus, PowerColor, Sapphire, and XFX have all announced that they'll be shipping Radeon VII boards, although we haven't seen retail listings for a few of the cards yet. It doesn't matter much which company you buy from, because all the cards are identical. The only real difference would be whose support department you want to deal with if you have an issue.

The Radeon VII is too rich for this writer's blood, but the Raise the Game Fully Loaded promotion is still going. Folks who pick one up will get the recent Resident Evil 2 remake as well as unreleased titles Devil May Cry 5 and The Division 2. That promotion ends April 6, and coupons have to be redeemed by May, so don't wait around too long if you pick up a card.

It's possible that these cards will come into stock later today, and likely that we'll see more stock filter in through the rest of this week and next week. Keep smashing F5 on the store pages if you're looking to grab one.

AMD replied to our questions about the stock issues with this statement: "We are excited to see the overwhelmingly positive reaction to AMD Radeon VII. The demand for Radeon VII during the first day of launch is strong, and we are working with our partners to restock throughout the next few days via e-tail, AIB partners and AMD.com.  Ongoing supply for the Radeon VII is expected to arrive on a weekly basis to meet demand." 

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    • dragontamer5788
    • 8 months ago

    [url<]https://www.amd.com/en/where-to-buy/radeon-vii[/url<] Seems to be available on AMD's website, if anyone actually wants to buy this thing.

      • Leader952
      • 8 months ago

      That link shows where to buy them.

      It does not show if any are in stock though.

        • chuckula
        • 8 months ago

        That’s interesting. It was showing in-stock as of this morning, but now the direct purchase option has disappeared.

          • JustAnEngineer
          • 8 months ago

          It shows as in stock for me. Have you already used up your “limit of one per customer”?

          • derFunkenstein
          • 8 months ago

          I have an Add to Cart button

        • dragontamer5788
        • 8 months ago

        They must be doing some sort of geo-location specific “add to cart” button. I have an “Add to Cart” button on that website, and can buy it for $699 + 3x free games.

          • K-L-Waster
          • 8 months ago

          I have an “Add to Cart” as well (at least as of 8:15 AM EST on Feb 12th). I’m in Canada for reference…

    • ronch
    • 8 months ago

    Here’s some more bad news from the rumor mill regarding AMD graphics:

    [url<]https://www.techradar.com/news/amds-navi-graphics-cards-may-not-arrive-until-october[/url<]

    • ronch
    • 8 months ago

    I wish Tseng Labs, Cirrus Logic, S3, 3dfx, etc. are all still in business.

      • deinabog
      • 8 months ago

      Now those names are a blast from the past. I wish they were still around too.

      • the
      • 8 months ago

      Cirrus Logic is still in business as a shell of their former self. I’ve gotten to play with some of their DSP products lately.

      I think S3 was gobbled up by Via. Via sold off S3 to HTC but I think they kept various licenses in place as S3 was to be the basis for some integrated graphics to go side-by-side with Via’s x86 chips. That was all a decade ago and Via has shift their x86 product almost exclusively to the Chinese market. Details are rather slim if you don’t read Chinese.

        • ET3D
        • 8 months ago

        And NVIDIA gobbled up the 3DFX remains.

        Rendition was bought by Micron and shut down.

        Matrox is still producing graphics cards, some of which I think are custom (and other using AMD chips).

        Imagination Technologies is still in the GPU business, but only for mobile.

        (And lots of others…)

    • Freon
    • 8 months ago

    “They’re just selling so well”

    [url<]https://i.imgur.com/5hJN2Ys.png[/url<]

      • Krogoth
      • 8 months ago

      It is because there aren’t many units to begin with and they are quite a steal for GPGPU hobbyists and collectors of rare, “interesting” technology that didn’t quite make it.

        • HERETIC
        • 8 months ago

        Maybe they borrowed the apple book on marketing-SOLD-SOLD.
        All they need to do now, is to hire some out of work actors to que outside shops
        chanting-WE WANT……………………………….

      • chuckula
      • 8 months ago

      When did we let AMD poach the guy we hired to tell everyone that our 10nm process was on schedule!!!??!!

    • Kretschmer
    • 8 months ago

    Echos of the Fury Nano, anyone?

    • ronch
    • 8 months ago

    See, despite not dethroning Nvidia, it isn’t so bad.

    • psuedonymous
    • 8 months ago

    Everyone is assuming these are dies that didn’t pass muster for Instinct cards. What if it’s the opposite, and these are the very top binned dies capable of the highest clock speeds? If all the R VII needs to do is bench well and ostensibly sell to someone somewhere at least once, then AMD may as well put their best foot forward.

      • Prestige Worldwide
      • 8 months ago

      Something tells me the top bin doesn’t have 4 CUs disabled.

        • psuedonymous
        • 8 months ago

        We’ve seen with newer Xeons that some cores on the same die can clock higher than others for the same voltage. The same could be the case with CUs, disabling those which cannot handle higher clocks to show the rest to run faster.

          • Spunjji
          • 8 months ago

          If that were the case I’d have expected them not to also push the cards so far up the voltage curve. You could make an argument for either side but I think it being a salvaged part is more likely on that basis alone.

      • dragontamer5788
      • 8 months ago

      From my limited understanding of binning technique…

      Leaky transistors overclock better, but use more power. These become consumer cards. Power-efficient transistors on the other hand, use less power, but have difficulty reaching higher clock speeds.

      By separating consumer (high clocks but leaky) from data-center (power efficiency), you manage to build value to both sets of customers.

        • psuedonymous
        • 8 months ago

        Not quite. Low leakage allows for higher clocks, high leakage limits clocks.

          • dragontamer5788
          • 8 months ago

          Actually, I’ve been imprecise. Higher leakage lends itself to [b<]higher over-voltages[/b<]. Which then can be [b<]usually[/b<] turned into higher clock rates. Higher clocks are a combination of thermal throttling voltage curves, and more. So its not as simple as I stated earlier. In any case, leaky transistors are more usable for higher-clocked consumer chips, while enterprise prefers power-efficiency instead.

            • Waco
            • 8 months ago

            This. Higher leakage usually implies higher clocks *if* thermals or power aren’t a constraint. The leakiest cards are almost always the best candidates for liquid nitrogen crazy runs.

            • Krogoth
            • 8 months ago

            It is more like they can tolerate overvolting better. There’s nothing inherent about leaky silicon that makes then scale higher than less leaky yields.

            The best yields are silicon that can clock high without resorting to voltage boosting. They don’t make the best suicide run candidates because overvolting doesn’t yield significant returns on them.

          • Spunjji
          • 8 months ago

          High leakage leads to higher power draw / heat output which will limit clocks when TDP is your limiting factor. If voltage is your limiting factor, high leakage can help you reach further up the curve (until you then hit the heat limit).

    • derFunkenstein
    • 8 months ago

    They got up and they danced away.

    They…what?

    They got up…and they danced away.

    [url<]https://youtu.be/i-potym82AE?t=28[/url<]

      • chuckula
      • 8 months ago

      You know, if you could modulate those 3 fans individually I bet you could make one dance.

        • Redocbew
        • 8 months ago

        If that doesn’t work I’m pretty sure you could make it flop around like a dead fish. That might actually be better.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 8 months ago

        Stop with the conga line, Perry the Platypus. We’re doing the Macarena!

        (btw this is one of my favorite episodes ever from one of my favorite TV shows of all time, and I’m not ashamed to say it)

          • Redocbew
          • 8 months ago

          Phineas and Ferb is badass.

            • Mr Bill
            • 8 months ago

            Oh wow. I am now a fan. These are fantastic.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 8 months ago

            I got hooked on it because my daughter loved Perry the Platypus when she was younger. She’s not quite 11 now, but we still watch Phineas and Ferb together from time to time and laugh our fool heads off.

      • Mr Bill
      • 8 months ago

      [quote<]All the Radeon VII graphics cards: Where are they?[/quote<] . Elenor Rigby earworm... . All the Radeon Vegas, where do they all belong?

        • DragonDaddyBear
        • 8 months ago

        I love Godhead’s cover of that song.

    • Leader952
    • 8 months ago

    Looks like there is some meat to this story:

    AMD Radeon VII Allocation Reports Surface ā€“ Just Over 100 Units For The Entire UK, 20 For Spain and France

    [url<]https://wccftech.com/amd-radeon-vii-graphics-card-allocation-report-paper-launch[/url<]

    • Chrispy_
    • 8 months ago

    Doesn’t matter, AMD. Freesync was the biggest reason I stuck with your cards over the last three years and put up with the noise and power consumption.

    Yes, I like your drivers, but the only reason I had to mess about with them all the time is because your graphics cards REQUIRED undervolting to become even vaguely competitive in terms of performance/Watt and performance/noise.

    Nvidia’s driver UI feels almost two decades out of date now, but I enabled G-sync compatibility with my Freesync monitor and I doubt I’ll have to touch the Nvidia drivers again for months, because Nvidia have been faster, quieter, and more power-efficient than you by a considerable, embarassing margin for at least half a decade now. I don’t need to constantly mess with AT MY OWN RISK modifications to fix your half-baked defaults.

    At any rate, I’m not queueing up to pay $700 for a card that wouldn’t be worth $500 if it weren’t for Nvidia’s lack of competition and pricing gluttony. GUESS WHOSE FAULT THAT IS?

    Maybe I’m just salty that Navi is long overdue and little more than a gentle tweak to the depressingly outdated GCN architecture.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 8 months ago

      [quote<]GUESS WHOSE FAULT THAT IS?[/quote<] Trump's? Obama's?

        • PrincipalSkinner
        • 8 months ago

        Make Radeon great again!
        MRGA!

          • godforsaken
          • 8 months ago

          Make ATI Great Again, MAGA! (suddenly feel dirty now) fixed it for you

        • K-L-Waster
        • 8 months ago

        Lincoln’s?

          • derFunkenstein
          • 8 months ago

          Oh do you think he wanted to go see that play? I hear he was quoted as saying “I need to go to the theater like I need a hole in the head”

            • K-L-Waster
            • 8 months ago

            “That lead actor, man he just slays me!”

        • ronch
        • 8 months ago

        Saddam’s.

        [/Facepalm]

      • srg86
      • 8 months ago

      I’m guessing you’re not a Linux user.

      Though Ubuntu can make nVidia drivers easier to install, I’ve seen how painful their drivers are in general on Linux.

      If I needed a graphics card (I don’t, Intel’s IGPs does all I need), I’d use an AMD card just because their drivers fit better in the Linux echo-system.

      That said, this doesn’t refute what you said above, AMD’s gfx hardware is in a sorry state at the moment, and if I used Windows (and needed a card) I too would probably go nVidia.

      • backwoods357
      • 8 months ago

      I think they just learned their lesson to not use email for price fixing.
      [url<]https://www.tomshardware.com/news/nvidia-amd-ati-graphics,6311.html[/url<]

    • Waco
    • 8 months ago

    I nicked a Sapphire card at 7:05 MST this morning when AMD emailed me. It directed me to Newegg at the time.

    A few minutes later it was sold out everywhere I looked.

      • Krogoth
      • 8 months ago

      It’ll probably end-up joining the HD 7990 and HD 4870X2 as rare, interesting technology that didn’t quite meet its lofty goals bin eh?

        • Waco
        • 8 months ago

        As an owner of a 2900XT GDDR4 edition, multiple 4870X2s and 4850X2s, and a 5970…I like the weird ones.

        The 5970 was also the last GPU I actually paid for so I owed the GPU gods some of my own money. šŸ˜›

          • Waco
          • 8 months ago

          It’s here! They really went minimal on the packaging. It’s literally a card in a static bag (not sealed) and foam. Nothing else in the package other than a generic”how to install a gpu” pamphlet.

          No branding on the card from Sapphire either.

            • K-L-Waster
            • 8 months ago

            No cool unboxing video, huh?

            • Waco
            • 8 months ago

            If I was still a hardware reviewer, maybe. šŸ˜› I ran home at lunch to take the dog on a walk and it was sitting on my porch.

      • freebird
      • 8 months ago

      Don’t worry, their will be plenty found on eBay marked up to $1000-$1500…

      Update:
      [url<]https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=Radeon+VII&_sacat=0[/url<]

        • Waco
        • 8 months ago

        I’m not worried, mine is already on the way! I was briefly tempted to flip it on eBay but I’m probably gonna rock it for 3-4 years instead. šŸ™‚

          • anotherengineer
          • 8 months ago

          For gaming or CAD or number crunching or other or all of the above?

          Has anyone confirmed if this can be bios flashed to an MI??

            • Waco
            • 8 months ago

            Gaming primarily. I highly doubt a firmware flash is possible but it’d be pretty awesome to enable ECC and full speed DP.

            • Krogoth
            • 8 months ago

            It is mostly likely UEFI protected so without tools from AMD themselves. You are completely SOL.

          • freebird
          • 8 months ago

          Yeah, I bought 2 Vega56s a year and a half ago to replace my crossfired 290s and with the crypto-craze they pretty much paid for themselves. So with to V56s, I’ll sit this round out and see what Nvidia or hopefully AMD has in the wings for 2020.

          AMD might finally be dangerous again in the GPU market by 2021-2022… with increase profits/revenue for R&D from 7nm Ryzen/Epyc rolling 2019-2020 and then probably X-mas 2020 will be Xbox & PS console releases.

            • JustAnEngineer
            • 8 months ago

            I thought that Crossfire/SLI was mostly dead due to lack of support from game developers.

            • freebird
            • 8 months ago

            Yeah, Mark Twain wrote about it… ” The report of my death was an exaggeration.ā€

            There are 375+ Crossfire profiles in the current Radeon Drivers. There are a number of old games and benchmark profiles included, of course.

            But quite a number of current and recent games too. I’m not saying it is anywhere near great, but what i did with my 290s was buy a 2nd one cheap, run crossfire and skip a couple of generations. I was running Fallout4 a lot back then, they didn’t have a AMD crossfire profile for it, but you could still get maybe a 50% boost using a 2nd card. They now have a Fallout4 crossfire profile, but I haven’t played Fallout4 on my Vegas.

            Other games? a bunch of Battlefield profiles, but not one for BF5. All the FarCry versions back to 2. F1 2010-2018, DMC4&5, Witcher 3, The Division, lots of games, but I’m not a big gamer any more and haven’t even check the profiles in awhile expect for writing this response. That and Ages of Mythology and Origin Sin: Divinity2 don’t even stress one Vega, although the 2nd will definitely push more frames in OS: D2.

            I used to SLI some Nvidia cards and have some 1070s lying around to do it, but haven’t bothered, so I don’t know how well those still work or are supported.
            [url<]http://amdcrossfire.wikia.com/wiki/Crossfire_Game_Compatibility_List[/url<] But people would be surprised how much performance they could get out of adding a 2nd 480/580 card if they already have one... especially for around $100 used on ebay. Power & Mobo capabilities being capable...

      • chuckula
      • 8 months ago

      And they accuse me of getting emails from Intel!!

        • Waco
        • 8 months ago

        Shhh, don’t give away my secret identity as an AMD shill!

          • K-L-Waster
          • 8 months ago

          Ummmmm….

    • Mr Bill
    • 8 months ago

    Maybe AMD will give a raincheck for early orders, for the games.

    • Krogoth
    • 8 months ago

    When no reviewer was looking. Chuck stole 40 Radeon VIIs from AMD RTG. That’s as many as four tens. And that’s terrible.

      • Growler
      • 8 months ago

      [url=https://i.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/newsfeed/000/108/061/lexluthorcakes.jpg?1318992465<]Chuckula is Lex Luthor confirmed.[/url<]

        • chuckula
        • 8 months ago

        Only if I get to be Gene Hackman Lex Luthor.. not that Zuckerberg dude in the new ones (lame).

        Oh and the cakes are a lie.

          • Krogoth
          • 8 months ago

          Why not the Animated/Clancy Brown version?

      • Wirko
      • 8 months ago

      If RTG has security cameras running at 144 Hz then there’s a slight chance that one of them caught the heel of his left foot.

      • chuckula
      • 8 months ago

      GUILTY!

      Based on the rumors, I have absconded with the entire national supply allocations for Belgium and Luxembourg.

      SUCK IT BELGIUM! (But Luxembourg was unintentional)

        • derFunkenstein
        • 8 months ago

        Given VAT and how Europe generally pays more than a straight conversion before VAT, I feel like there weren’t many people in those countries that will miss those cards. šŸ˜†

        • Redocbew
        • 8 months ago

        I keep seeing Barnes from Gotham screaming “GUILTY!” when reading this, and if I was going to steal something from Belgium it’d be chocolate.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 8 months ago

          Excellent mental image. Captain Barnes’ transformation was really well executed.

          “I will be chuckula’s Executioner.”

            • chuckula
            • 8 months ago

            [quote<] "I will be chuckula's Executioner."[/quote<] Good. Go Execute some bad posts minion!

            • derFunkenstein
            • 8 months ago

            Iā€™m also the executor of your last will and testament.

      • enixenigma
      • 8 months ago

      That’s like 15% of the cards available globally!

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