AMD has announced its new Radeon 7000 GPU range that includes two powerful graphics cards. Both cards are powered by the new RDNA 3 tech which means they use the same chiplet design inspired by the latest Ryzen 7000 processors. The two cards include the 7900 XT and the 7900 XTX. They cost $899 and $999 and are available starting on 13 December.
These cards mark quite a hefty price jump for AMD compared to the last-generation GPUs. Those cards started at $679 for the base 6900 XT and $849 for the 6950 XT. However, these new AMD GPUs are a lot cheaper than NVIDIA’s RTX 4080 and RTX 4090 cards which retail at $1,199 and $1,599.
AMD says the RX 7900 XTX is 1.7 times faster that the RX 6950 XT. It packs 96 compute units clocked at 2.3GHz and 24GB of GDDR6 memory with a 384-bit bus. This card also has a power advantage over the 40-series GPUs. It needs board power of only 3450W instead of the 4090’s 450W.
The cheaper (not much cheaper) AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT model has 84 compute units running at 2GHz and 20GB of GDDR6 memory with a slightly lower 320 bus. It needs a board power of 300W.
AMD says the company decided to go with GDDR6 memory instead of GDDR6X because it uses less power. You also won’t need to use any special power connectors to use these cards. Hopefully, this will prevent these cards from catching on fire similar to the 40-series GPUs. NVIDIA’s cards use a new 12VHPWR connector for the 4090 which has been in the news of late for melting and burning.
AMD also says the new RDNA 3 tech promises up to a 54% jump in performance-per-watt compared to RDNA 2. The tech is capable of producing up to 61 TFLOPs compared to the 23 TFLOPs in RNDA 2. However, these numbers aren’t accurate when comparing the two GPU techs. Real-world tests will determine the real comparison.
According to some gaming benchmarks, the new GPUs can promise 4K 62FPS on Cyberpunk 2077 with raytracing enabled and AMD Fidelity FX Super Resolution enabled. AMD says the GPUs can provide an up-to-50% jump in raytracing performance compared to the previous cards.
Other tests show the following
- 1440p esports games (paired with a Ryzen 9 7950X)
- Apex Legends – 300FPS
- Overwatch 2 – 600FPS
- Valorant – 833FPS
- 4K esports games (paired with a Ryzen 9 7950X)
- Apex Legends – 295FPS
- Overwatch 2 – 355FPS
- Valorant – 704FPS
- Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 4K – 306FPS
- Hitman 3 4K – 275FPS
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla 8K – 96FPS (note – 7680×2160 with FSR)
These new GPUs make use of AMD’s chiplet architecture that sees the GPU die divided up into multiple parts. AMD says this tech helps the GPU use the right tech for the right job. The GPU tech can process data at 5.4TB/s thanks to these multiple parts talking to one another.
The GPUs also come with DisplayPort 2.1. This means the bandwidth has been greatly increased compared to the previous cards. It allows for 4K and 8K content to support high refresh rates. NVIDIA still had DisplayPort 1.4 on the latest 40-series cards.
In 2023, AMD plans to release a one-click stress testing feature on the GPUs called Hypr-RX. It will help users automatically set the best settings for their AMD technology including FSR and anti-lag without having to tweak anything themselves. It will also decide the best frame rate for the content you’re playing.
The cards are set to launch on 13 December. We don’t have any local release information and pricing yet.