CES 2019 | "The performance is lousy" - Nvidia CEO reviews AMD's Radeon VII
Nvidia’s Jensen Huang and AMD’s Dr. Lisa Su may be relatives, but when it comes to GPU business blood isn’t thicker than water. AMD has enjoyed some basking in the limelight due to the announcement of the potentially mouth-watering Radeon VII chip. If you want the statistics for this flagship product, Notebookcheck has already published some of them. What is patently clear is that AMD has a true competitor on its hands with the Radeon VII.
So Jensen Huang, the CEO of Nvidia, has been giving his thoughts about the new GPU from his company’s main rival. Unsurprisingly, they are witheringly dismissive. After calling the chip “underwhelming,” Huang proceeded to offer the reasons behind his judgment:
The performance is lousy. And it's nothing new. No ray tracing. No artificial intelligence. If we turn on DLSS, we'll crush it. If we turn on ray tracing, we'll crush it. And it's not even available. The 2080 is all over the world already.
About AMD’s big reveal, he had this to say:
It was kind of a weird launch. Maybe they thought of it this morning.
Of course, no-one would expect Huang to turn up to a CES meeting and be anything but bullish about Nvidia’s future whilst acting unconcerned by the increased threat from the red team. It will be fascinating to see how the competition between the AMD Radeon VII and the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 plays out over the course of 2019.