AMD launched its brand-new RX 7000 series desktop graphics cards based on the RDNA 3 architecture at the beginning of this month. The RX 7900 XTX and RX 7900 XT AMD cards were introduced by the firm. While AMD released some performance ideas for the top-tier RX 7900 XTX, it provided no information on the RX 7900 XT’s performance.
AMD has chosen to provide additional information on its RX 7900 series today, just before the RTX 4080 is released on the 16th, including performance figures for the 7900 XT. Additionally, details have been shared on things like the cooler design, PCB design, and more. The pictures below (click to enlarge) show them off:
Additionally, there are several jabs and digs at Nvidia this time around, just like on its 3rd November event. AMD wants you to be aware that its new, less expensive cards are a straightforward plug-and-play alternative to Nvidia’s more expensive RTX 4080, which costs $1,199. This is due to the fact that the new 7000 series cards continue to use the conventional 8-pin power connectors and that their size is comparable to that of current high-end GPUs.
Even on the somewhat less expensive $899 RX 7900 XT, AMD openly emphasises its advantages over the RTX 40-series rival in terms of display output (Display 2.1 vs 1.4a) and increased VRAM quantity. Additionally, AMD directly compares the core specifications of the RX 7900 and the 4080, which is absurd given how dissimilar the two architectures are.
However, as the RTX 4080 has not yet been released, no performance comparisons between its own cards and the 4080 were available. The reason AMD did not compare its RX 7900 series to the $1,599 RTX 4090, Nvidia’s top model, is that the new RDNA 3 cards are most likely incomparably inferior to the 4090, at least in terms of ray tracing performance. And it’s likely that raster performance will lag behind as well.
Speaking of performances, more information than we previously had been given today regarding performances. The RX 7900 series’ rasterization data at 4K and 8K comes first. This time, as previously said, we also have the RX 7900 XT’s numbers. Ironically, AMD refers to its 8K gaming slide as “True 8K gaming” while still using FSR upscaling to produce outputs of 60+ frames per second.
Finally, we have the benchmark data, which is going to upset a lot of people because it demonstrates how poorly RDNA 2 performed at ray tracing when compared to Nvidia’s Ampere (RTX 3000 series) cards. Although it appears that the RX 7000 series has improved somewhat since previous generation, AMD’s 7900 series is only being compared against the 4080, thus it is safe to say that Nvidia’s RTX 4090 still outperforms it in terms of ray tracing performance.
The RX 6950 XT is outperformed by the 7900 XTX by a factor of two or 100% in Dying Light 2, which appears to be the best result for RDNA 3. The improvement in the remaining titles ranges from 44% to 65%.