Today marks the formal unveiling of AMD’s next-gen Radeon RX graphics processing units. Following months of speculation and teases from AMD, the Radeon RX 7000 has finally been released.
AMD introduced the Radeon RX 7900 XTX and Radeon RX 7900 XT as the first two graphics processing units (GPUs) in the Radeon RX 7000 series at its “together we advance gaming” event. In addition, RX 7000 series incorporates AMD’s new RDNA 3 graphics architecture, as previously revealed.
The Radeon RX 7900 XTX boasts 24GB of GDDR6 memory, 350W of board power, 96 unified RDNA 3 compute units, a 2.3GHz game clock, and claims to be up to 1.7 times quicker than AMD’s previous flagship, the Radeon RX 6950 XT, in 4K gaming. The Radeon RX 7900 XT includes 84 unified RDNA 3 compute units, a 2GHz game clock, and 20GB of GDDR6 memory.
In addition, AMD has confirmed that both GPUs use two 8-pin connectors, meaning it will not be using the 12VHPWR power connectors seen on the RTX 4090 graphics card. Some owners of Nvidia’s new flagship graphics card have complained that the power connectors had burned or melted, sparking criticism regarding the safety of the power connector used in the GPU.
DisplayPort 2.1 is included in both the RX 7900 XTX and RX 7900 XT, an unusual move by AMD. This is to say, these GPUs will allow for faster refresh rates at 4K and 8K displays. DisplayPort 1.4 is used by Nvidia’s latest RTX 40-series GPUs.
As the successor to RDNA 2, AMD’s new graphical architecture, RDNA 3, boasts 61 teraflops (38 more than RDNA 2) and 24GB of GDDR6 memory. The tech giant calls it the “world’s most advanced gaming graphics.”
Launch dates of the Radeon RX 7900 XTX and RX 7900 XT are set for December 13th. Retail prices for the Radeon RX 7900 XTX are set at $999, with the RX 7900 XT going for $899.