Review: AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT and RX 7900 XTX

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The last word:

The return of AMD in the race ?

Yes, clearly. But to be honest, I had some doubts when the RX 7900 XT(X) was presented, since AMD had presented very few graphics showing the performance of its cards against the competition. However, AMD is there and manages to impose itself largely thanks to its RX 7900 XTX which shows itself more powerful than its main competitor. As we have seen, in 2160p definition, there is nothing to debate.

Now yes, once we activate Raytracing in 2160p, our two samples suffer and if the game doesn’t have FSR or XeSS technologies, it will be a waste to be able to enjoy this definition. You’ll have to do without Ray Tracing or go back down to 1440p. Now, in the opposite case, it will be possible to reach 60 FPS by making sometimes a little compromise and sometimes none in order to enjoy the best graphic quality! However, we also noticed that DLSS is the most interesting in terms of performance when Ray Tracing is activated.

AMD still has a card to play in the next few weeks when its “Ryzen 7000X3D” processor will be available, which should bring a gain in performance when combined with an AMD GPU. We will make a series of comparative tests when it will be available in all logic for early 2023.

The price, always the price

Not to change, this is the one that will have a (psychological) impact on sales. NVIDIA offers its RTX 4080 Founders Edition at 1399 euros (1199$ announced) currently. The brand has lowered its price since the euro has regained some strength against the dollar. So, when is it on the side of AMD?

AMD France informs us that the official prices in France including VAT will be 1059.99 euros for the RX 7900 XT (899$ announced) and 1159.99 euros (999$ announced). First observation, the conversion rate is identical to that proposed by NVIDIA, that is to say an additional cost of more or less 17% compared to the price in dollars. Those who were hoping to see a card under the 1,000 euro mark will be disappointed. Advantage to the reds who offer a cheaper solution to take full advantage of the 2160p definition. Now, beware, as we have seen, things get complicated when Ray Tracing is activated. For us, cards at this price cannot do without Ray Tracing, it would be really unacceptable to do without it. The RTX 4080 will allow you to make no compromises, while the RX 7900 XTX will force you to go down to 1440p if the game has neither FSR nor XeSS.

Finally, AMD offers a more compact card with an excellent cooling system and a design that we like. Moreover, the presence of classic 8-pin connectors may reassure potential buyers in view of the problems NVIDIA had with its 12VHPWR adapter, although the situation now seems to be under control.

We said in the introduction that there was still one unknown at the time of concluding our article. It is of course the stocks. Does AMD have enough cards for the launch? Unfortunately, all our little ears tend to tell us that this will not be the case. One thing is for sure, if you’re interested in these cards, you’ll have to head over to the AMD shop right away. We received other information this morning that seems a little less alarmist but to be taken with a pinch of salt.

We liked:

  • Two cards to take full advantage of 2160p
  • A RX 7900 XTX more powerful than the RTX 4080 without Ray Tracing
  • A well designed power supply with quality components
  • The use of classic 8-pin connectors
  • Excellent cooling system
  • The very reliable noise levels
  • The quality of the card’s design
  • The possibility of partners to sell this “reference” card
  • AMD’s return to a level close to that of NVIDIA
  • A price that seems to us coherent with the competition

We would have liked :

  • Not to find ourselves once again with a card limited in overclocking!
  • A better control of the power consumption
  • Even more games supporting FSR

We have mixed feelings when it comes to the performance of this new AMD generation and we can’t decide between gold and silver. The excellent 2160p performance combined with a very well designed, quiet and perfectly cooled card makes us opt for the gold award. However, the Ray Tracing will disturb our opinion if the chosen game does not have FSR or XeSS. It is then simply impossible to enjoy it completely and we have to switch back to 1440p. Small disappointment also at the level of the overclocking which is almost inexistent since we reach very quickly the limits of power of the card as well as at the level of the consumption that we would have liked more contained. Thanks to AMD for providing the two samples.