Official AMD Radeon RX 7000 Series (RDNA 3) Thread

Still no stock of the 7900XTX that I can find at main UK retailers. With this hot spot issue I think I'll maintain a watching brief for a few months to see how it all pans out. In no rush. Happy New Year everyone!!
Interesting hope he gets around to do a couple more things like cutting open a good cooler vs a bad one and maybe measure the fluid if possible. Might be difficult on that last thing tho if the amount of fluid is too little as he says as recuperating it might be very difficult.

Id also swap coolers between 2 gpus to see if its a cooler issue or a silicon issue...
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Strange as it seems, apparently some Displayport cables can cause high hot spot temperatures if pin 20 is connected. So, you may want to try a different cable and see if it helps (maybe even try using HDMI temporarily to check).

I'll test with just HDMI. If it works I have to find out if my HP Reverb G2 has that pin20 active. If so I need HP to manufacture and send me a new cable without pin 20 being connected XD
It's probably a long shot that is the problem, but at least worth trying.

There seems to also be some other issue with the vapor chamber based on Derbauer's testing.

I am just shaking my head at the 7900 launch at this point. I've tried to give AMD the benefit of the doubt in the past because they did a good job with Zen, and they delivered pretty well with Radeon 6000 series, but this is just a total cluster. It's not just the card falling far short of what their cherry picked gaming benchmarks suggested, even the cooler itself is defective. I honestly don't even know what to say.
Rumor is they tried to beat the tarriffs deadline of Jan 1st, since delayed by 9 months, so released an unfinished product. Id offer replacements for any overheating cards. They could easily be sent to aib's to have a proper cooler put on them assuming its just the cooler thats the issue.
Ya aib coolers seems to be mostly fine... tho a few did also report high deltas between gpu and hot spot temps... shouldnt be more than 15c usually... I just ran furmark and it was 15c on my old vega 64.

According to OEM cooler manufacturer source of igorsLAB:
First feedback from a manufacturer: they suspect that at least one batch simply had too little liquid introduced. This could also explain the dependence on position. Hanging horizontally, the condensate would then no longer come up.​

So it would seem to be lack of fluid in the vapor chamber of some cards.

26% affected according to this poll...
The issue is once you pay the premium for an AIB you're getting even closer to the price of a 4080 FE.
AMD confirmed the issue

We are working to determine the root cause of the unexpected throttling experienced by some while using the AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX graphics cards made by AMD. Based on our observations to-date, we believe the issue relates to the thermal solution used in the AMD reference design and appears to be present in a limited number of the cards sold.

We are committed to solving this issue for impacted cards. Customers experiencing this unexpected throttling should contact AMD Support (
The issue is once you pay the premium for an AIB you're getting even closer to the price of a 4080 FE.

but i would never buy a founders edition either they are a pain to take apart if you want to water cool it and getting it back togather for a RMA would be hell
and the only reasion i would ever buy a AMD reference is to water cool it ASAP but the coil whine kills that
Looks like a partial recall will happen... probably waiting to compile serial numbers for bad batches:

I deliberately waited until I could get congruent and plausible information through various information channels, which can now also shed some light after two to three weeks. While AMD’s support initially resisted even acknowledging the hotspot problem as such and described the 110 °C hotspot temperature as completely normal, the situation is now much more pleasant from the customer’s point of view.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank in advance all those who have provided me with information over the last two or three weeks but who, for understandable reasons, do not want to or cannot be named. However, I explicitly point out that all this information should be considered preliminary until an official statement from AMD and that there could still be corrections to the mentioned numbers.

In this context, I had actually waited for yesterday, because a statement from AMD was communicated internally (I wrote about it several times that I would like to wait for this for the time being), but then it did not happen. I am therefore taking this incomprehensible delay as an opportunity today to bring some transparency to the matter.

The problem is already known for more than two weeks and is communicated between AMD and the distributors (internally) .. How exactly the problem will be communicated to the end customer has not yet been finally decided. … AMD’s statement was originally supposed to be made on January 3, 2023 at 6 p.m. CET, but it was postponed. (quote from email)
Basically he said only cards made by AMD had a bad batch. You can contact them and they will replace it for you.
AMD continues to shoot themselves in the foot in terms of GPU'S.

Their prices also suck just like Nvidia's. Maybe Intel can save the true midrange gamer.
Prices should drop by summer. GPU's just arent selling. Tho sux that my Vega64 seems to have given up the ghost... running on the old R290 for a few months is doable but not much longer than that...
The really odd thing about the pricing is that third quarter GPU sales were atrocious. People clearly were not interest in buying even then, and other than cards being dropped in at the high end, prices across the board haven't gone down since then. The pricing structure just seems odd to me.