It’s launch day for AMD Ryzen, the company’s next-generation of high-end desktop processor lineup. At the launch event known as “Tech Day” which held in San Francisco, AMD also showcased a Star Wars Battlefront 4K demo running on the latest and greatest Ryzen 7 CPU and Vega GPU.
AMD demos Ryzen 7 and Radeon Vega in Star Wars Battlefront
The Star Wars Battlefront footage was running on a system powered by the flagship Ryzen 7 1800X. This is an 8-core, 16-thread flagship CPU which operates at base clocks of 3.6GHz and boost clocks of 4.0GHz. The Ryzen 7 1800X is expected to deliver performance on par with Intel’s Core i7 6900K at a price of only $499.
On graphics side of things, the GPU was part of the upcoming Vega lineup although there’s no information on the exact model and specifications at this time.
The Ryzen 7 + Vega combo was able to output the game at 4K resolution and Ultra settings at above 60 FPS which is indeed a huge feat to achieve.
However, it should be noted that even though frame rates were maintained at 60fps or above for the most part, they did drop in a few areas. This indicates that the GPU might not be quite ready yet, or we’re looking at an engineering sample running on original Fury drivers as we saw in case of the previous DOOM 4K demo.
Vega 10 and Vega 11 Preview Coming on Feb 28
AMD is set to showcase their Radeon 500 series based on the next-gen Vega GPU during an exclusive press event, titled Capsaicin & Cream, at GDC 2017 on February 28. The event will be hosted by Radeon Technologies Group’s Senior VP and Chief Architect Raja Koduri who will reveal exciting new details surrounding Vega.
From what we know so far, AMD Vega architecture will be built using the latest 14nm process technology that will offer a significant boost in terms of performance and efficiency. Vega GPUs will be offered in two variants, the Vega 10 and Vega 11.
Vega 10 will be the bigger of the two and is set to take on Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1080 and the upcoming GTX 1080 Ti. We’ve already seen the GPU in action, beating the GTX 1080 by 10%.
The smaller Vega 11 chip, on the other hand, will effectively replace the current Polaris 10 and deliver GTX 1070 levels of performance.
AMD is expected to launch the Vega-based Radeon 500 series in May.