The AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX and Radeon RX 7900 XT are here, and that might give Nvidia a real reason to be concerned.
Announced during AMD’s Together We Advance_Gaming event on Thursday in Las Vegas, the RX 7900 XTX and RX 7900 XT are Team Red’s opening salvo in the graphics cards’ renewed battle with Nvidia following the launch of the RTX 4090 by Nvidia and the imminent release of the RTX 4080.
Meanwhile, AMD’s new graphics cards are on sale December 13, 2022, starting at $999 (about £900 / AU$1,560) for the RX 7900 XTX and $899 (about £800 / AU$1,425). This is substantially less than the RTX 4090 and RTX 4080, although third-party RX cards are likely to be more expensive.
Radeon RX 7900 XTX and RX 7900 XT specs revealed
The Radeon RX 7900 XTX will have 24GB of GDDR6, while the RX 7900 XT will have 20GB of GDDR6. Also, both cards will support the latest DisplayPort 2.1 standard, which is a big advantage over the latest Nvidia cards, which only support DisplayPort 1.4.
The RX 7900 XTX will feature a gaming clock speed of 2.3 GHz and 384-bit GDDR6 memory. It will have 96 compute units (CUs), with second-generation lightning accelerators as well as AI accelerators. The RX 7900 XT, meanwhile, will have a 2GHz gaming clock, 320-bit GDDR6 memory, and 84 CUs.
When it comes to power consumption, the RX 7900 XTX has a total board power of just 355W, while the RX 7900 XT will only need 300W. Both boards use two 8-pin power connectors and support the PCIe 4.0 interface standard.
Without RX 7800 XT, still
Missing from the ad was the RX 7800 XT or RX 7700 XT, but it’s likely to arrive early next year. Given the price tag of the RX 7900 XT, we’re definitely looking forward to seeing where the RX 7800 XT and RX 7700 XT end up on the price scale.
Nvidia has been leading the charge in upward pricing for the past two generations, so we’re loving that AMD is keeping things more cost-effective and we think this could be a big differentiator for years to come.
When we’ll see these cards is anyone’s guess, but with CES 2023 just around the corner, we don’t think it will take much longer.