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AMD outs two new mid-tier graphics cards: The Radeon RX 7800 XT and RX 7700 XT

By The Count - on 28 Aug 2023, 11:09am

AMD launches two new mid-tier graphics cards: The Radeon RX 7800 XT and RX 7700 XT

The graphics card war between AMD and NVIDIA continues to heat up. On 6th September, AMD will launch the RX 7700 XT and RX 7800 XT, priced at US$449 and US$499, respectively.

Aimed at offering solid 1440p performance, the launch aims to address a noticeable gap in the market for AMD loyalists, as the last suitable consideration in this price range is the Radeon RX 6700 XT launched over two years ago. The new cards from AMD claim to deliver over 60fps at 1440p maximum settings in the latest games, without relying on upscaling. Such performance includes PC ports like The Last of Us Part I and Star Wars Jedi: Survivor. Furthermore, AMD claims the GPUs can exceed 100fps in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II.

An approximate relative performance per dollar chart, according to AMD. Stare hard and you might realize the differential might not be as much as the bars might suggest.

Interestingly, when matched against NVIDIA's offerings, AMD's US$449 RX 7700 XT appears poised to give stiff competition to NVIDIA’s US$399 GeForce 4060 Ti. The pricier US$499 RX 7800 XT might similarly edge out the US$599 RTX 4070, particularly in rasterized games.

Radeon RX 7000 vs. RX 6000 series
RX 7900 XT RX 7800 XT RX 7700 XT  RX 6800 XT  RX 6800 RX 6700 XT
GPU Navi 31
(RDNA 3)
RDNA 3 RDNA 3 Navi 21 XT
(RDNA 2)
Navi 21
(RDNA 2)
Navi 22
(RDNA 2)
Compute Units 84 60 54 72 60 64
Game Clock 2,000MHz 2,124MHz 2,171MHz 2,015MHz 1,815MHz 2,424MHz
Boost Clock 2,400MHz 2,430MHz 2,544MHz 2,250MHz 2,105MHz 2,581MHz
Memory Bus 320-bit 256-bit 192-bit 256-bit 256-bit 192-bit
Memory Speed 20Gbps 19.5Gbps 18Gbps 16Gbps 16Gbps 20Gbps
Memory Bandwidth 800GB/s 624GB/s 432GB/s 512GB/s 512GB/s 384GB/s
Typical Board Power (TBP) 300W 263W 245W 300W 250W 230W
Price US$899 US$499 US$449 US$649 US$579 US$470

However, while the RX 7700 XT and RX 7800 XT offer competitive prices and performance, they aren't without their drawbacks. The AMD Radeon RX 7800 XT's reference design requires 2.5 slots in a desktop, which is more substantial than NVIDIA’s RTX 4070's two-slot design. The AMD offerings also have a higher power demand, consuming up to 263W, compared to the GeForce’s 200W. The delta grows more if compared to the GeForce 4060 Ti, which is only designed to consume 160W.

In terms of memory, the RX 7700 XT boasts 12GB of GDDR6 with a bandwidth of 432GB per second, while the RX 7800 XT offers 16GB and 624GB per second. This is significantly more than what NVIDIA's options could muster and potentially give AMD an advantage over NVIDIA's lesser-equipped GPUs.

AMD is also set to launch FSR 3 on the same day. Announced a year ago, their latest upscaling version of FSR integrates frame generation, akin to NVIDIA's DLSS 3.0, and introduces Fluid Motion Frames. Additionally, FSR 3 provides a Native Anti-Aliasing mode, a feature that sharpens game graphics rather than upscaling them.

Source: AMD

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