AMD Azor confirms Radeon RX 7900 XTX is targeting RTX 4080 performance

AMD Azor confirms Radeon RX 7900 XTX is targeting RTX 4080 performance

Whether you’re a die-hard Radeon fan or just a general PC gamer, you have to look forward to the release of AMD’s Radeon RX 7900 series graphics cards in mid-December. AMD’s presentation left us with a few questions, but Frank Azor, AMD’s Chief Architect for Gaming Solutions and Marketing, spent some time talking with us and a few other vendors and answered many of those questions.

One of the first big questions was “where did it compare to NVIDIA?” AMD is usually not shy about comparing its new products to its competitors, where both NVIDIA and Intel usually prefer comparisons to their own previous generation products. We could write heaps about why this is the case, but apparently the reason why AMD did not compare with NVIDIA this time is that the GeForce RTX 4080 was not released yet, and that is the card that the red team was targeting with their product.

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That makes some sense, given the $900 and $1000 price points for Navi 31-based GPUs. NVIDIA’s preliminary price for the GeForce RTX 4080 16GB model—which is now the only 4080 model—puts it at $1200, so if AMD’s product can be competitive, it will definitely have a place in the market. However, AMD could have compared its GPU to previous generation NVIDIA parts, which are technically still the current generation below the GeForce RTX 4090 – especially if the claims of drastically improved ray tracing performance are to be believed.

Speak with PC world In response to a question from live stream viewers, Frank Azor also noted that AMD’s FSR3 frame generation technology “is not a response… to DLSS3” and that the company has been working on it for “a while.” He says it’s not ready for prime time yet, as AMD wants FSR 3 to continue the tradition of openness carried through FidelityFX Super Resolution. In other words, he wants to make it available on older and competitive GPUs, not just RDNA 3 Radeons.
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A lot of details about the RDNA 3 were leaked before the cards launched, and most of those details were accurate, but one area where the leakers really hit the nail on the head is the subject of clock speeds. Rumors have stated that the RDNA 3 GPU will easily exceed 3 GHz and in some cases even 4 GHz. Meanwhile, the actual cards that AMD sells max out at 2.5GHz, at least for their nominal clock.

Of course, the boost clocks will be higher than the nominal clocks, and AMD doesn’t release “max boost” numbers, instead preferring “game hours” which they think will more accurately represent what gamers will see while gaming. According to Jarred Walton for Tom’s Hardware, the maximum increase could be slightly higher. In the live stream, Walton said AMD told him the GPU was “designed … to scale up to 3GHz.” Whether that means the standard Radeon RX 7900 XTX will reach 3GHz, or instead that partner cards with higher performance limits can reach 3GHz – or whether Walton has misinterpreted something – we don’t know.

We should have the usual reviews of the new Radeons ready for you as soon as possible, so sit tight and keep your eyes peeled HotHardware find out if AMD’s new boards for the red team are boom or bust.

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