After months of leaks and eager anticipation, the time has finally come. AMD unleashed the Radeon RX 7900 XT and Radeon RX 7900 XTX flagship GPUs earlier today at the RDNA 3 Tech Event in Las Vegas. RDNA 3 is extremely exciting for gamers everywhere — not just because of the persistent shortages and safety concerns with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090but also because of RDNA3’s unique combination of hardware and software features leveraged by the Radeon 7000 Series.
Keep reading to learn all about the upcoming Radeon 7900XTX and Radeon 7900XT, including pricing, availability, technical enhancements and performance.
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX Price, Performance and Availability
Let’s start with the most relevant factors for gamers everywhere: price and availability. The AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX GPU costs $999 USDand it will be available for purchase on December 12, 2022. This includes first-party cards and cards from AMD’s Add-In-Board Partners (AIBs).
While spending a large amount of money on a new graphics card is definitely out of reach for mainstream gamers, the price is actually reasonable for what you get. Based on AMD internal testing (we’ll verify this in our forthcoming first-hand review), the Radeon RX 7900 XTX offers true flagship-level speed, with up to 1.7x performance in traditional raster workloads and up to 1.6x performance in ray tracing compared to the outgoing 6950 XT.
So how does it get there? The Radeon 7900 XTX is a massive 96-unit chiplet-based GPU, running at a game clock of 2.3 GHz, and supported by 24 GB of GDDR6 memory on a 384-bit memory bus. And because RDNA3 is chiplet-based, AMD can leverage TSMC’s most advanced 5nm node for the primary Graphics Compute Die (GCD), in addition to TSMC’s more robust and value-oriented 6nm node for the multiple Memory Cache Dies (MCD). . The GCD contains the traditional render pipeline components such as FP32 shaders and ROPs, while the MCDs take care of Infinity Cache and the GDDR6 memory controller.
These specs and performance figures put the 7900 XTX in the same ballpark as Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 4090 in terms of raw raster performance, but with a significant cost savings of $600. It should be obvious by now that the Radeon RX 7900 XTX is going to be the fastest graphics card for traditional raster workloads for less than a thousand dollars.
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT Price, Performance and Availability
As impressive as the 7900 XTX is, not everyone has $999 to spend on a graphics card. Fortunately, AMD also unveiled its little brother, the Radeon RX 7900 XT. The Radeon RX 7900 XT starts at just $899 USD, $100 cheaper than its bigger brother, and will be available on December 12, 2022.
What is missing on the 7900 XT? Few. If you go down one level, you get 84 compute units instead of 96 and 20 GB of GDDR6 on a 320-bit bus instead of 24 GB on a 384-bit bus. Plus, the clocks are reduced a little bit from 2.3 GHz to 2.0 GHz — but you can of course use first-party software to overclock your card to make up for the difference.
Needless to say, like its bigger brother, the Radeon 7900 XT will be the fastest graphics card for traditional raster workloads in its price range.
Radeon RX 7900 XTX does not require a new PSU and will not burn down your house
The Radeon RX 7900 XTX and Radeon RX 7900 XT are poised to offer phenomenal performance and attractive prices, but that’s not all. They are both powered by two traditional 8-pin PCI-Express power connectors. Yes, you read that right, you don’t need a new PSU and you don’t have to worry about those unreliable 12VHPWR adapters that currently plague the GeForce RTX 4090. And since these cards are powered by only two 8-pin connectors, the total board power is only 355W on the 7900 XTX and 300W on the 7900 XT.
There is much more to talk about, but only so much that we are allowed to cover today. That said, we’ll tell you all the important details in future content pieces, so keep an eye on the XDA Portal for the latest RDNA3 news.
Which RDNA3 GPU are you most excited about? How do you think the 7900XTX and 7900XT compare to Nvidia’s RTX 4090 and 4080? And are you as relieved as we are that AMD has gone with 2x 8-pin power connectors instead of the 12VHPWR plug? Sound off in the comments below!