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AMD's Radeon RX 7900 XTX and 7900 XT Launch Dec. 13, Start at $999, $899 Respectively

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    AMD's Radeon RX 7900 XTX and 7900 XT Launch Dec. 13, Start at $999, $899 Respectively

    RDNA 3 will be on store shelves (and in store warehouses) just in time for the holiday season.

    AMD is gearing up to launch its next-generation Radeon RX 7000-series GPUs next month, and today the company shared more details about the cards' pricing, performance levels, and the new RDNA 3 GPU architecture that will power all of its graphics cards for the next couple of years.

    The launch begins at the high end, with the Radeon RX 7900 XTX and RX 7900 XT. AMD will launch both of these GPUs on December 13, with the 7900 XTX starting at $999 and the XT starting at $899 (cards made by AMD’s partners will surely push these prices upward a bit). Both of these price tags undercut Nvidia’s RTX 4000 series, which starts at $1,599 for the top-tier GeForce RTX 4090 and $1,199 for the RTX 4080.

    Nvidia had planned to field a 12GB version of the RTX 4080 in this price range, but a consumer backlash to its potentially confusing branding and lower performance level prompted Nvidia to "unlaunch" the card, with no word on when it will be re-introduced, what it will be called, or what it will cost. The 16GB version of the 4080 launches November 16, beating AMD's new GPUs to market by around a month.

    In terms of raw compute performance, AMD says the 7900 XTX is capable of up to 61 teraflops of performance, while Nvidia says the RTX 4090 is capable of 83 teraflops and the RTX 4080 of 49 teraflops. This is a super high-level performance number that doesn't tell us a lot about how the cards will compare in real games (the RTX 4090 is not 70 percent faster than the RTX 4080, according to Nvidia's own benchmarks). But along with the pricing and lack of head-to-head 4090 comparisons, this vague number does suggest that AMD is aiming at Nvidia's 4080 tier with these cards rather than trying to outperform the RTX 4090. This is the same relative position that AMD has been in for a few generations now.

    Source: Ars Technica

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