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AMD has today released the Radeon RX 7000 series GPUs starting with the Radeon RX 7900 XTX and Radeon RX 7900 XT.

Stock was, as expected, very limited. I won't go over every single bit again, which I covered previously but to reiterate some of what to expect from these cards:

  • AMD RDNA 3 Architecture – Featuring an advanced chiplet design, rearchitected compute units and second-generation AMD Infinity Cache technology, RDNA 3 architecture delivers up to 54% more performance per watt than RDNA 2.
  • Chiplet Design – The world’s first gaming GPU with a chiplet design delivers up to 15% higher frequencies at up to 54% better power efficiency.
  • Generational Uplift – The flagship AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX delivers considerably higher 4K performance than the Radeon RX 6950 XT.
  • DisplayPort 2.1 Support – The industry’s only high-end gaming graphics cards to support DisplayPort 2.1 technology with UHBR 13.5, enabling high-refresh 4K (up to 480Hz) or 8K (up to 165Hz) gaming on next-gen displays.

Going by some Linux benchmarks Phoronix did, it seems like a pretty nice set of cards. Although, they didn't have the NVIDIA 4000 series to test against, but at least it shows AMD is a clear winner against even the 3090, which is good news for me as I have an NVIDIA 2080 Ti and I was lucky enough to beat the crowds at Overclockers to bag a Radeon RX 7900 XTX as a personal purchase (I rarely get sent any hardware). Update: correction, no 7900 XTX for me as Overclockers UK over-sold on it.

You can find some other reviews by the likes of JayzTwoCents, LinusTT and Hardware Unboxed.

Want to find where to possibly by one when they're back in stock? Check the AMD website, although they weirdly don't list the UK, apparently we no longer exist. For people in the UK you can try the likes of Scan, Ebuyer, Overclockers.

For me it's especially exciting, as I haven't had an AMD card for a good 10+ years so it's going to be a whole different world. I'm looking forward to seeing what open source graphics drivers can do.

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benjamimgois Dec 13, 2022
I also think this time i'll go with team red. Since i got into pc gaming (2013) i've never had a radeon GPU.
mr-victory Dec 13, 2022
QuoteI rarely get sent any hardware
QuoteReceives a Steam Deck before public release
Liam Dawe Dec 13, 2022
Quoting: mr-victory
QuoteI rarely get sent any hardware
QuoteReceives a Steam Deck before public release
You know what "rarely" means right? 🤔 That was the first time I've ever been sent hardware ahead of release. In my many years running GOL, I've been sent hardware by companies to look at all of about 5 or 6 times.
whizse Dec 13, 2022
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I'm glad you got your hands on one of those cards. More hardware reviews here are always welcome!

Manufacturers: SEND GOL YOUR STUFF!
liberodark Dec 13, 2022
Have buy a Radeon RX 7900 XTX i can wait to test games on it.
Mumrik93 Dec 13, 2022
As someone who's still running a 'GTX 1080 TI' I would love to change to the recent AMD.. If only I had the money... though I have to admit the 1080TI still works really good despite it's age, it was money well spent.
Ehvis Dec 13, 2022
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I'm hoping to stretch any GPU purchase for another generation. But things definitely looked good for this card!
ExpandingMan Dec 13, 2022
After looking at the benchmarks I think there's a really good chance I'll buy AMD this time around, my *first time* for a video card.

It's looking like for most games without raytracing the performance will only be 10% or so worse than the RTX 4090, which looks quite impressive considering they unquestionably have less raw computing power.

It's really the open source drivers that make the decision for me, nvidia's going to have to do a lot more than 10% better to make it worth dealing with their bullshit.
kit89 Dec 13, 2022
Picked up a 6800 a couple years back, will be keeping with it, who knows maybe I can warrant a new GPU when the 8000 series comes along.
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