AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX Assessment

It is lastly time to indicate you what AMD’s new flagship RDNA 3 GPU has to supply.

The Radeon RX 7900 XTX has been broadly anticipated as avid gamers have been readying for a brand new GPU era, however Nvidia’s new merchandise, whereas quick, are too costly for many to even take into account. In the meantime, AMD was touting 50-70% efficiency positive aspects for the Radeon 7900 XTX over the earlier 6950 XT flagship after they unveiled the brand new card, which might place it inside placing distance of the way more costly RTX 4090 — not less than for rasterization efficiency — which added to the hype and anticipation of the discharge.

AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX Assessment

Salivating on the promise of RTX 4090-like efficiency for $1,000, many issues have been stated within the ready. Nevertheless, after AMD’s RDNA 3 announcement we have been fast to notice that if AMD was actually providing efficiency that was near the RTX 4090, the value would definitely be increased (no cause for AMD to go away cash on the desk) — or that ray tracing efficiency should be actually weak — or AMD was overselling the 7900 XTX’s capabilities for some cause. We’ll discover out which one was it in the present day.

We have now coated the RX 7900 XTX’s specs earlier than, however here is a fast rundown.

The brand new Radeon is the primary high-performance client GPU to make use of chiplet expertise. Additionally, AMD has moved to a dual-shader design inside every compute unit, successfully doubling the shader unit rely inside every CU. The highest-of-the-line Radeon RX 7900 XTX is coming in at an MSRP of $1,000, whereas the equally named RX 7900 XT will value $900.

  Radeon RX 7900 XTX Radeon RX 7900 XT Radeon RX 6950 XT Radeon RX 6900 XT
Worth (MSRP) $1,000 $900 $1,100 $1,000
Launch Date Dec 13, 2022 Might 10, 2022 Dec 8, 2020
Course of N5 (GCD) / N6 (MCD) TSMC N7
Transistors (billion) 57.7 26.8
Chiplets 1 × GCD / 6 × MCD 1 × GCD / 5 × MCD N/A
Die Dimension (mm2) 300 mm2 GCD / 37 mm2 MCDs 520 mm2
Core Config 6144 / 384 / 192 5376 / 336 / 192 5120 / 320 / 128
GPU Increase Clock 2500 MHz 2400 MHz 2310 MHz 2250 MHz
Reminiscence Capability 24 GB 20 GB 16 GB
Reminiscence Pace 20 Gbps 18 Gbps 16 Gbps
Reminiscence Kind GDDR6
Bus Kind / Bandwidth 384-bit / 960 GB/s 320-bit / 800 GB/s 256-bit / 576 GB/s 256-bit / 512 GB/s
Whole Board Energy 355W 300W 335W 300W

The 7900 XTX arrives packing 6144 cores, whereas the XT has been reduce down by 13% to 5376 cores. Increase clocks for the XTX are rated at 2.5 GHz versus 2.4 GHz for XT, whereas the Infinity Cache capability has been set to 96 MB and 80 MB respectively (a 17% discount), providing bandwidth of three.5 GB/s and a couple of.9 GB/s. Each new Radeon graphics playing cards make the most of 20 Gbps GDDR6 reminiscence, however solely the XTX receives a 384-bit vast reminiscence bus for 960 GB/s bandwidth, in comparison with the XT which has been reduce all the way down to a 320-bit vast reminiscence bus leading to 800 GB/s, one other 17% discount.

For a marginal 10% low cost, the Radeon 7900 XT does not seem as it is going to be significantly nice worth on paper, however we’ll take a look at that GPU in a separate evaluate, for now we need to concentrate on the XTX. Different noteworthy options of the 7900 XTX is the 355 watt whole board energy (TBP) ranking, which is increased than the GeForce RTX 4080, however just like the 4080 it does use the PCIe 4.0 x16 interface.

In fact, probably the most fascinating facet of the brand new RDNA 3 GPU is its use of chiplet expertise. Reasonably than going all out with a large monolithic die, RDNA 3 makes use of a mixture of smaller dies in an analogous technique to that of AMD’s newest Ryzen CPUs. Which means that to get top-end GPU configurations, AMD not must make a single 520 mm2 die like RDNA 2, or strategy the behemoth that’s the AD102 600 mm2 die used within the RTX 4090.

AMD’s RDNA3 chiplet strategy contains two elements: the Graphics Chiplet Die or GCD, which homes the principle WGPs and processing {hardware}; plus a number of Reminiscence Chiplet Dies or MCDs, which embody the infinity cache and reminiscence controllers. On the flagship 7900 XTX, we get one GCD plus six MCDs, whereas the 7900 XT encompasses a reduce down GCD plus 5 MCDs.

AMD’s structure advantages in a number of methods from the transfer to chiplets. One is that they’ll now break up their GPU design over a number of nodes, lowering the quantity of pricey vanguard silicon they want in each GPU. The GCD is constructed on TSMC’s newest N5 node, however the MCDs are constructed on TSMC N6, which is a spinoff of their older and less expensive 7nm course of. This ends AMD’s reliance on needing large chunks of the most recent silicon for each high-end GPU.

The opposite fundamental benefit is yields. Massive monolithic dies have decrease yields than smaller dies, so every time a design might be break up into a number of smaller dies, there is a good likelihood yields will improve considerably. AMD has discovered nice success with this strategy on Ryzen, the place fashionable Zen 4 chiplets are about 70 mm2, tiny sufficient that yields needs to be nicely over 90%. RDNA3 will not have as a lot of a bonus as Zen 4 because the GCD continues to be comparatively massive in comparison with a CPU, however at 300 mm2 it is half the scale of AD102 and simply 60% as massive as Navi 21. That kind of dimension saving may have huge implications for yields.

Flanking the GCD are six MCDs about 37 mm2 in dimension, so these are tiny chiplets simply half the scale of a Zen 3 CPU core chiplet. Every has a 64-bit GDDR6 controller and 16MB of cache. On a mature node like N6 these ought to have extraordinarily excessive yields, so AMD will profit right here lots regardless that they want six of them for the 7900 XTX. All up, whereas flagship Navi 31 RDNA3 GPUs nonetheless want over 500 mm2 of whole silicon, this chiplet strategy break up throughout two nodes ought to cut back manufacturing prices and improve yields.

Now, it is going to be fascinating to see how this strategy performs out in an precise product. For testing in the present day all GPUs have been benchmarked on the official clock specs, with no manufacturing facility overclocking. The CPU used is the Ryzen 7 5800X3D with 32GB of dual-rank, dual-channel DDR4-3200 CL14 reminiscence on the MSI MPG X570S Carbon Max Wi-Fi motherboard. In whole we have examined 16 video games at 1440p and 4K, so let’s get into the information…

Benchmarks

First up we’ve got Watch Canines: Legion, and right here the 7900 XT seems mighty spectacular, cranking out 172 fps at 1440p to make it sooner than not simply the RTX 4090, but additionally the RTX 4080, beating the latter by a 12% margin. In fact, the RTX 4090 is GPU sure right here, but it surely’s fascinating to see that underneath CPU sure circumstances the Radeon GPU does have a bit extra headroom.

The CPU bottleneck is eliminated at 4K, besides the 7900 XTX was nonetheless 9% sooner than the RTX 4080. Then when in comparison with AMD’s earlier era flagship half, the 6950 XT, we see a 36% efficiency uplift for the brand new 7900 XTX.

The Callisto Protocol is a brand new recreation that we have added to our benchmarks and it is one the place the 7900 XTX seems to work fairly nicely, and please word we’re not utilizing the built-in benchmark for this testing. With 166 fps on common the brand new Radeon GPU was 8% sooner than the RTX 4080 and 50% sooner than the 6950 XT, in order that’s a stable acquire at 1440p.

Then at 4K with the extremely high quality preset which makes use of FSR2, the 7900 XTX and RTX 4080 have been neck and neck, making the RDNA 3 GPU 44% sooner than the 6950 XT.

We predict AMD’s coping with a driver associated concern for RDNA 3 in Forza Horizon 5 as a result of efficiency right here wasn’t good. There have been no stability points or bugs seen when testing, efficiency was simply a lot decrease than you’d count on. At 1440p, for instance, the 7900 XTX was a mere 6% sooner than the 6950 XT. And that sucks.

This margin improved lots at 4K, besides the 7900 XTX was simply 16% sooner than the 6950 XT, a far cry from the 50% minimal AMD urged. This meant the brand new Radeon GPU was 5% slower than the RTX 4080, so a disappointing consequence all spherical.

The 7900 XTX trailed the RTX 4080 at 1440p in Rainbow Six Extraction by a slim margin, making it simply 26% sooner than the 3090 Ti and 36% sooner than the 6950 XT. Though these are some respectable margins, it is lots lower than AMD initially indicated.

Then at 4K, the 7900 XTX falls behind the RTX 4080 by a 9% margin and is now simply 15% sooner than the 3090 Ti, although it was not less than 47% sooner than the 6950 XT.

Far Cry 6 is essentially GPU sure at 1440p, so the 7900 XT is ready to match the RTX 4090, regardless of being simply 7% sooner than the 6950 XT. Shifting to 4K does alleviate the CPU bottleneck and now the 7900 XTX is 17% sooner than the RTX 4080 and 25% sooner than the 6950 XT.

Though that is an inexpensive margin we count on most can be dissatisfied with what we’re seeing right here relative to the 6950 XT.

The 7900 XTX seems good in Murderer’s Creed Valhalla, outpacing the RTX 4080 by an 11% margin at 1440p, although this can be a title the place Radeon GPUs historically do very nicely and if we flip our consideration to the 6950 XT comparability, the consequence it lots much less thrilling as the brand new RDNA 3 flagship is simply 24% sooner.

Apparently, at 4K the 7900 XTX performs higher relative to the GeForce GPUs than what we noticed at 1440p as right here it matched the RTX 4090, making it 16% sooner than the 4080 and this time 33% sooner than the 6950 XT, which is an honest margin, but additionally lots lower than the 50-70% margin AMD urged in the course of the RDNA 3 announcement.

Shifting on to Hunt: Showdown the place the 7900 XTX and RTX 4080 are neck and neck, delivering simply over 250 fps. That made AMD’s flagship simply 25% sooner than the RTX 3090 Ti and 32% sooner than the 6950 XT.

The 4K knowledge is way the identical, as within the 7900 XTX and RTX 4080 are on par, although this time that meant the 7900 XTX was simply 14% sooner than the 3090 Ti and 30% sooner than the 6950 XT.

The Outer Worlds makes use of the Unreal Engine 4 which usually favors GeForce GPUs and that’s certainly the case with this title. Though the 7900 XTX was 10% slower than the RTX 4080 when evaluating the typical body price, the 1% lows have been increased for the Radeon GPU and we do see a little bit of this in our testing.

At 4K the 1% lows are extra inline with the typical body charges and right here the 7900 XTX was 9% slower than the RTX 4080 and simply 26% sooner than the 6950 XT.

As we have seen in our latest Trendy Warfare II benchmarks, this recreation loves Radeon GPUs, and that is actually true when trying on the 7900 XTX, pumping out an unimaginable 311 fps on common at 1440p. That made it a large 42% sooner than the RTX 4080 and 28% sooner than the 4090.

These outcomes are actually outliers in our testing, however Trendy Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 are highly regarded video games, so that is nice information for AMD.

The 7900 XTX even managed to edge out the RTX 4090 at 4K with 193 fps, making it 5% sooner and 35% sooner than the 4080. Furthermore, a 43% enchancment over the 6950 XT is spectacular, although given AMD;s announcement you are most likely anticipating this kind of margin to be the norm, if not a worst case state of affairs for the brand new RDNA 3 flagship.

The Hitman 3 outcomes are closely CPU restricted at 1440p with these new subsequent gen high-end GPUs, so the 7900 XTX was capable of match the 4080 and 4090. Bumping up the decision to 4K confirmed some nice outcomes for the brand new RDNA 3 GPU because it was 15% sooner than the RTX 4080 and simply 10% slower than the RTX 4090. I believe these are the kind of margins that avid gamers anticipating the arrival of the 7900 XTX have been anticipating to be the norm.

Typically Radeon GPUs carry out very well in Horizon Zero Daybreak, however I’ve acquired to say the 7900 XTX was fairly underwhelming right here, trailing the RTX 4080 by a 5% margin at 1440p to return in simply 14% sooner than the 6950 XT, yikes.

The 4K outcomes have been lots higher besides we’re taking a look at RTX 4080-like efficiency, that means the 7900 XTX was simply 26% sooner than the 6950 XT and 16% sooner than the RTX 3090 Ti.

F1 22 permits ray tracing by default with the Extremely Excessive preset, and that is why the 7900 XTX is slower than anticipated right here, AMD’s nonetheless nicely behind with regards to RT efficiency and we’ll look extra at this shortly.

For now, we will see that when taking part in F1 22 utilizing the very best high quality preset that the 7900 XTX is 11% slower than the RTX 4080 and a mere 5% sooner than the 3090 Ti. On this instance it’s 55% sooner than the 6950 XT, suggesting that RDNA 3’s ray tracing is improved from RDNA 2.

Then at 4K, the 7900 XTX drops all the way down to the 3090 Ti with 56 fps on common making it 13% slower than the RTX 4080 and 36% slower than the 4090. A little bit of a wipeout there for AMD. That stated, because of the usage of ray tracing it was a large 65% sooner than the 6950 XT, so there’s that.

The Cyberpunk 2077 efficiency at 1440p seems fairly good for the 7900 XTX because it was 5% sooner than the RTX 4080, delivering 135 fps on common. That stated, when in comparison with earlier era merchandise it was simply 24% sooner than the 6950 XT and 26% sooner than the 3090 Ti.

The 7900 XTX does stay sturdy on the 4K decision and was capable of prolong its margin over the RTX 4080 out to 9%, with 70 fps on common. That made it 27% sooner than the 3090 Ti and 43% sooner than the 6950 XT which is an honest margin.

The Dying Mild 2 outcomes are a bit underwhelming at 1440p because the 7900 XTX was solely capable of match the typical body price of the RTX 4080 with a lot decrease 1% lows. It was additionally simply 17% sooner than the 6950 XT which is little question a really disappointing consequence for these of you with a earlier era flagship hoping to improve.

The 4K knowledge is extra favorable because the 7900 XTX was 5% sooner than the RTX 4080 and 1% lows look lots higher. That stated, the consequence relative to AMD’s personal 6950 XT was very disappointing as this new GPU was simply 17% sooner.

Halo Infinite is a recreation AMD omitted for his or her evaluate information, opting to not present efficiency, and that is probably as a result of the 7900 XTX could be very weak right here. AMD says they’re trying into it, so it is potential a future driver corrects efficiency, however for now that is what it seems like.

This as soon as pro-AMD title sees the 7900 XTX trailing the RTX 4080 by a quite massive 16% margin, making it simply 21% sooner than the RTX 3090 Ti and 26% sooner than the 6950 XT — disappointing in comparison with earlier era flagship elements.

The 7900 XTX shapes up a bit higher at 4K because it was 6% slower than the RTX 4080 and a extra spectacular 24% sooner than the RTX 3090 Ti and 35% sooner than the 6950 XT.

Final up we’ve got Shadow of the Tomb Raider and we have been fairly shocked to seek out the 7900 XTX trailing the 4080 by a 13% margin, worse nonetheless this meant it was simply 18% sooner than the 6950 XT.

The margins did enhance a little bit at 4K, it was 6% slower than the RTX 4080 and 25% sooner than the Radeon 6950 XT, so higher, however nonetheless fairly poor general.

16 Recreation Common

For trying on the 16 recreation common we’ll begin with the 1440p knowledge. On common, the Radeon 7900 XTX and GeForce RTX 4080 have been neck and neck with round 180 fps on common.

Meaning the 7900 XTX is 17% slower than the RTX 4090, which for the value is clearly an amazing consequence, although it is also solely 25% sooner than the RTX 3090 Ti and Radeon 6950 XT. It was additionally ~35% sooner than the RTX 3090 and 6900 XT, so for these with earlier era elements it won’t be well worth the improve.

Now, at 4K the Radeon 7900 XTX was 20% slower than the RTX 4090, however 4% sooner than the GeForce RTX 4080, so we’re taking a look at 4080-like efficiency once more. That made the Radeon 7900 XTX 26% sooner than the 3090 Ti and 35% sooner than the 6950 XT.

That is not practically nearly as good because the 50% or higher a lot of you have been hoping for. The brand new flagship was 49% sooner than AMD’s 6900 XT although.

Though we did not go over the 1080p knowledge because it’s largely CPU restricted, we have got the averages for you, so let’s take a fast look.

The Radeon 7900 XTX and GeForce RTX 4080 are mainly on par, however this time the Radeon GPU is simply 6% slower than the 4090, however solely due to the CPU bottleneck. The 7900 XTX was additionally simply 21% sooner than the 6950 XT.

Ray Tracing + DLSS Efficiency

Now let’s check out ray tracing efficiency, with and with out upscaling. For those who recall the Radeon 7900 XTX was 13% slower than the RTX 4080 in our F1 22 check above as the sport permits RT results by default when utilizing the Extremely Excessive preset.

Right here with the Extremely Excessive preset however with RT results disabled, the 7900 XTX pumped out 216 fps, making it 13% sooner than the RTX 4080 and 51% sooner than the 6950 XT.

Now with RT + upscaling enabled — FSR 1.0 for Radeon GPUs — the Radeon 7900 XTX was nonetheless 10% sooner than the RTX 4080 utilizing DLSS, however that is hardly an apples to apples comparability. At native 4K, the 7900 XTX was 13% slower than the 4080, however a large 65% sooner than the 6950 XT, so there are good positive aspects available over earlier era RDNA 2 GPUs when utilizing ray tracing.

Subsequent we’ve got Watch Canines: Legion which does not assist FSR, so upscaling is barely obtainable for GeForce GPUs. Briefly, utilizing the Very Excessive preset with ray tracing disabled the 7900 XTX was 9% sooner than the RTX 4080 and 36% sooner than the 6950 XT.

With ray tracing set to extremely however no upscaling the 7900 XTX was 19% slower than the RTX 4080 with simply 44 fps on common, however was 52% sooner than the 6950 XT. So some respectable positive aspects there for RDNA 3 over RDNA 2, but it surely additionally meant the 7900 XTX was solely in control with final era’s 3090 Ti when it got here to RT efficiency.

Shifting on to Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, we see that the 7900 XTX and RTX 4080 are neck and neck with 140 fps, making them 27% sooner than the 6950 XT. With ray tracing enabled, however no upscaling, the 7900 XTX rendered 53 fps on common which is mainly the identical efficiency acquired by the 6950 XT, and 27% slower than the RTX 4080, so we’ve got to imagine that is some sort of driver concern.

Subsequent we’ve got Dying Mild 2 and till the efficiency seen beforehand in Dying Mild 2 which used the ‘Excessive’ preset within the DX11 mode, the ray tracing preset forces DX12 and this appears to interrupt the 7900 XTX.

Utilizing the excessive preset it was 5% sooner than the RTX 4080, however right here with out RT enabled (disabling RT results) that might in any other case be enabled utilizing this preset, the 7900 XTX was 25% slower than the RTX 4080.

With these RT results enabled (the usual untouched ‘Ray Tracing’ high quality preset), the 7900 XTX managed simply 27 fps on common, the identical efficiency delivered by the RTX 3090 Ti and 50% stronger efficiency than that of the Radeon 6950 XT, but it surely was additionally 31% slower than the RTX 4080. So good positive aspects relative to earlier gen AMD {hardware}, however not good when in comparison with Ada Lovelace.

The final recreation the place we’re showcasing ray tracing efficiency is Cyberpunk 2077 and right here the Radeon 7900 XTX could not even match the RTX 3090 Ti, with simply 20 fps on common making it 20% slower than the 3090 Ti and 35% slower than the RTX 4080. However it was 54% sooner than the 6950 XT.

With upscaling enabled, or FSR 2.1 high quality for the Radeon GPU, the 7900 XTX was capable of ship 39 fps making it 44% sooner than the 6950 XT, however 15% slower than the 3090 Ti utilizing DLSS and 33% slower than the RTX 4080.

Energy Consumption

Taking a look at whole system energy consumption the 7900 XTX pushed whole utilization to 468 watts in Dying Mild 2, so by way of energy utilization it’s akin to the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090. System utilization was 9% decrease than that of the Radeon 6950 XT, however 16% higher than the RTX 4080, making the GeForce the extra environment friendly GPU.

Energy consumption between the 4080 and 7900 XTX was extra comparable in Doom Everlasting, right here the Radeon GPU pushed system utilization simply 4% increased, although it was additionally simply 4% decrease than the 6950 XT.

Then we’ve got Hitman 3 and once more the 4080 and 7900 XTX have been very related, mainly comparable with different earlier era high-end GPUs, excluding the 3090 Ti which was an influence pig.

When locking the body price to 90 fps in Cyberpunk 2077 the 7900 XTX pushes whole system energy utilization 24% increased than that of the RTX 4080, once more confirming that RDNA 3 is not practically as energy environment friendly as Nvidia’s Ada Lovelace structure.

Value per Body

Now for the all-important value per body evaluation, we’ll begin with the MSRP’s utilizing 4K knowledge. If all present and former era GPUs have been to be bought on the MSRP, the 7900 XTX would really be the very best worth deal in the marketplace, undercutting the 6800 XT by a 5% margin and the 6950 XT by a large 32%.

Extra importantly, it is also a 20% enchancment by way of value per body when in comparison with the RTX 4080.

Now here is a take a look at GPU pricing, utilizing present retail knowledge gathered from Newegg, which can be a couple of week outdated by the point you learn this evaluate. The RTX 4080 is at the moment promoting for not less than $1,270, or $70 above MSRP and for this comparability we’ve got to imagine the 7900 XTX can be obtainable for the marketed $1,000, however that is under no circumstances assured.

However assuming it’s, that can be a 24% low cost by way of value per body when in comparison with the RTX 4080, and as we simply noticed with each on the MSRP the Radeon GPU can be not less than 20% higher worth.

In in the present day’s market, it is also barely higher worth than the 6900 XT and 6950 XT, so there’s that, whereas the one merchandise to supply a greater value to efficiency ratio embody the Radeon RX 6800 and 6800 XT, each of that are considerably slower. So with regards to rasterization efficiency (that means, no ray tracing), the Radeon RX 7900 XTX is sort of good by way of worth, not less than relative to the horrible worth RTX 4080, hmm…

Cooling

Earlier than wrapping up testing, here is a fast take a look at thermal and clock habits of the AMD reference graphics card mannequin. Put in inside an ATX case in a 21c room, the Radeon RX 7900 XTX peaked at a scorching spot temperature of 80c after an hour of gameplay with a peak common die temperature of 67c. This was achieved with a fan pace of 1900 RPM.

The standard working clock frequency was 2275 MHz and the reminiscence operated at 19.9 Gbps, simply shy of the marketed 20 Gbps. General, the reference card ran cool and comparatively quiet, so we would count on all companion fashions to work very nicely, and that is one thing we’ll take a look at within the close to future.

All That Hype — What We Realized

Relating to to how hyped the Radeon RX 7900 XTX has been, AMD themselves are largely accountable for this. However simply to verify we weren’t too off base with this, we polled HUB’s viewers, asking what their expectations have been primarily based on AMD’s RDNA 3 announcement, the place they in contrast the 7900 XTX to the 6950 XT, exhibiting positive aspects or between 50-70%.

Nearly all of you anticipated the 7900 XTX to be not less than 50% sooner than the 6950 XT on common, primarily based on what AMD had stated. With 60% of individuals voting 50% or extra, it is clear AMD oversold their new flagship and set too excessive expectations. At 50% sooner than the 6950 XT, the Radeon 7900 XTX can be not less than 10-15% sooner than the RTX 4080, and never an amazing deal slower than the RTX 4090.

In actuality, the Radeon RX 7900 XTX is on common 35% sooner than the 6950 XT, putting it on par with the RTX 4080. AMD’s personal evaluate information confirmed the 7900 XTX to be on common 43% sooner than the 6950 XT, barely extra favorable than our match up, although the video games examined have been totally different. Level is, we expect individuals have been anticipating extra and which may result in pointless damaging suggestions from avid gamers. If that is the case, AMD has nobody accountable however themselves.

Placing hype apart then, is the 7900 XTX any good? Minus a couple of teething points, which we’ll talk about in a second, we expect this can be a respectable product, not dangerous in comparison with the competitors, however not nice both.

Though the Radeon RX 7900 XTX seems fairly good by way of worth for these primarily in rasterization efficiency, at $1,000, it is not an reasonably priced GPU. Positive, it seems fairly good subsequent to the RTX 4080, delivering the identical degree of efficiency for $200 much less, however the GeForce RTX 4080 sucks on the present asking value, and that is not simply us saying it, it is avid gamers at massive as gross sales throughout the globe for the RTX 4080 has been extraordinarily weak.

That is an issue as a result of in nearly each measurable metric the RTX 4080 is a superior product to the 7900 XTX. The RTX 4080 gives comparable rasterization efficiency, considerably higher ray tracing efficiency, higher upscaling as DLSS is superior to FSR, it additionally makes use of much less energy, and the media engine is best supported. The one factor going for the Radeon 7900 XTX is the truth that it is 17% cheaper, however when spending $1,000 on a graphics card, do you actually care about $200? Would not you simply spend the additional cash to get the superior product? If we have been speaking about lower cost factors, say $600 to $700, the share distinction is way the identical, however we really feel somebody seeking to spend $600 would possibly worth $100 much more than somebody spending $1,000 values $200.

We really feel AMD must be coming in 20-25% cheaper, so $900 can be a extra applicable value given what we have seen. That is the sort of low cost the place we will say for many of you the advantages of the GeForce GPU merely aren’t well worth the value premium.

In any case, should you principally play multiplayer video games, then ray tracing is not too interesting and also you’re after uncooked FPS efficiency, and the 7900 XTX does ship. However at 17% lower than the RTX 4080, it is nonetheless not the plain selection.

Our time with the Radeon 7900 XTX wasn’t flawless both. We bumped into a couple of recreation crashes and we spoke with different reviewers who suffered from the identical sort of points. This might merely be a difficulty with prerelease drivers that AMD will kind out in time for public launch, or it might be a style of one thing avid gamers will expertise for weeks or months to return. We additionally ran right into a irritating black display concern, that required us to disconnect and reconnect the show, the sport did not crash, however the show would flicker and go clean. This was uncommon and solely occurred twice in our testing, but it surely’s value mentioning given the opposite stability points with the evaluate driver.

General, the Radeon RX 7900 XTX is a reasonably good GPU, not less than relative to its GeForce competitor, however whether or not or not it is value $1,000 will rely on how a lot inventory you place in ray tracing efficiency. For these with earlier era flagships, the 7900 XTX merely will not be well worth the improve and whereas it is a huge leap ahead from one thing just like the Radeon 6800, it is also roughly twice the value, so it is not transferring the needle ahead by way of worth. The Radeon RX 6800 and 7900 XTX actually might be members of the identical product household.

Frankly, neither the 7900 XTX or RTX 4080 would have us racing out to purchase one, so we guess we’ll wait round to see what the lower-tier fashions have to supply, however we’re actually not holding our breath for something wonderful.

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