Did I make a mistake buying a Radeon VII (Canada)?

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  1. AnnekeVanG

    AnnekeVanG Notebook Enthusiast

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    My current build which I built in 2011 is as follows and has never crashed or blue-screened until this day:

    FX-8150 Bulldozer
    Radeon HD7970 3GB VRAM
    16GB RAM

    I recently bought a power supply, Radeon VII, Samsung EVO 970 Plus 500GB and 3TB Seagate Barracuda and going to be purchasing an X570 and Ryzen 9 3900X with DDR4 16 GB next month (can someone recommend a good 16GB or 32 if you think that's necessary from NewEgg?).

    However, I bought the VII from AMD (Gold Edition), which is now Sold Out. But I am conflicted.

    I do A LOT of gaming, mostly Unreal games, and I love Resident Evil 2. But want to get back into Photoshop and Adobe Lighroom with photography and photo manipulation stuff.

    A lot of people are trashing the Radeon VII from the Nvidia side, and even the CEO of Nvidia trashed the VII calling it a garbage card. I got the card for a good deal (920$ Canadian plus tax with 2 free games and a shirt).

    I do like AMD personally, because this current build I have is all AMD and it has yet to see a single crash and is still going strong.

    My goal is literally 4K 60FPS in gaming, which I saw the VII can do on AMD's site and that's why I waited for an AMD 4K card. My monitor is currently 1440p which I bought 3 years ago, but within next few weeks I will definitely be getting a 4K monitor. I don't think I will ever ever go to a higher resolution because there is no noticeable difference.

    However, everyone is saying the card is "garbage" and it's discouraging me now. I thought buying into ray-tracing right now wasn't worth it for me because if it won't do ray tracing, PhysX, or something called Hairworks?

    I would be pretty upset if I spent 1000$ on a card that couldn't do ray tracing at a smooth frame rate at 1440p and higher.

    Did I make a bad choice? I don't get it, if it's such a bad card as every YouTuber and reviewer says, the Gold edition SOLD OUT and people are buying it?
     
  2. TheReciever

    TheReciever D! For Dragon!

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    Ray tracing is kind of not worth it across the board as a whole. If I had a desktop I would be getting Vega VII that being said Navi cards are supposed to be around the corner. Though thats supposed to be the mainstream offering iirc.

    Vega VII was the GPU everyone thought would never make it to the consumer side of things.
     
  3. Arrrrbol

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    Its a powerful card, of course it won't compete with a 2080Ti at stock but they are nice overclockers from what i've heard. The 16GB of HBM2 will help if you intend on playing at 4K.

    Ray Tracing is an interesting technology, but personally I wouldn't buy into it until it has matured 1-2 years from now.
     
  4. AnnekeVanG

    AnnekeVanG Notebook Enthusiast

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    Ok, thanks for the reassurance, but why do all the Nvidia card owners and a lot of YouTubers trash the card and AMD? I don't like trashing companies Nvidia or AMD. I personally just choose AMD because I have had a better history with them in terms of longevity.

    No way I would purchase a 2080TI at the price that it's at, I have the funds for it, but most ray-tracing games are not coming out until late 2020, and by that time, Nvidia will already have the next generation out and I would be like "well, f***, there goes $1800 CAD".
     
  5. TheReciever

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    Theres always been a lot of hate for AMD, some of it was justified over the years but its likely because there was a lot of marketing for Vega 56/64 and while I wouldnt say they were failures they were certainly underwhelming to the point where Raja quit and went over to Intel.

    AMD is typically be the performance per dollar angle and Nvidia doesnt have to be, and performance crowns mean a lot to those that seek it, and typically have the loudest voices.

    Other than that in desktop forums like OCN there has always been a lot of Red vs Green. In NBR its not as bad mostly because AMD doesnt even really have a presence in the market.

    These are my thoughts on that at least, every time AMD is coming out with a new product everyone hypes themselves into thinking its going to be the one that will crush Nvidia and when it doesnt happen its obviously because AMD is garbage.
     
  6. Rage Set

    Rage Set A Fusioner of Technologies

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    Short answer is no. You did not make a mistake buying a R7. This is coming from a former owner of the R7. The R7 is a fine card. Is it better than the 2080? No. Is it a better investment than the 2080? Yes. The 16GB of HBM2 is going to serve that card very well into the future, more than the 2080. It is also a very good tweaker's card and likely the last best tweaker card coming from AMD (Navi is going to be as locked down as Nvidia's cards).
     
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    AnnekeVanG Notebook Enthusiast

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    Why did you sell it?

    How come everyone is saying the high memory is so important ?

    Everyone on YouTube is saying that high memory on a graphics card is not important because games don’t use more than 8GB anyways

    Wait how is a card that is worse than a 2080 a better investment ? Can you explain ?

    Thank you so much. :)
     
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    Rage Set A Fusioner of Technologies

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    Why did I sell it? I'm an OC'er and I don't play games much. I purchased the card for the points, to be honest. I don't keep hardware very long (with some exceptions to the rule). Almost all of my hardware goes to people that are going to actually enjoy using it outside of OC'ing. One of my employees purchased the R7 from me.

    Why is the amount of memory so important and why is everyone on YT is saying a large amount of memory on a GPU isn't important? Long explanation shorten and simplified, is that some applications WILL [properly] utilize the memory to its full capacity and speed. The R7 is an amazing compute card for the price. The YT'ers are short-sighted, like the majority of humanity. You only have to take a look at older GPU's that still have some powerful processing abilities that are hampered by the amount of memory. Make no doubts about it, newer software will start using more of the memory on those GPU's. Which leads me to your last question.

    The R7 while slower than a 2080, will age better simply due to its 16GB of memory. Based off your older hardware, you appear to keep your hardware for some time. This is where the investment comes into play. You will not need to upgrade as fast as others when games and applications require more memory.

    Lastly, take everyone's advice (including my own) as opinion. Ultimately, research with facts will beat popular opinion. The simple fact is that the majority of the negative comments on higher end components come from people who have never used the hardware and cannot afford the hardware. Keep the card and that is from someone that uses high end components in both my personal and business environments.
     
  9. TheReciever

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    Reminds me of the GTX 580 1.5GB

    Was made kind of useless pretty quick.
     
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    saturnotaku Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    NVIDIA's real advantage this generation is heat and power consumption, which is great for people like myself who have small form-factor systems. My RTX 2070 Founder's Edition is overclocked out of the box and only uses a single 8-pin PCI-E power connector. Were the Radeon VII or Vega 56/64 similarly capable, I'd probably be using one.
     
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