Review: AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT and RX 7900 XTX


Gaming performance in 2160p:

We decided to select six games because they seem to be representative enough. We have opted for DirectX12 and Vulkan with the following games:

  • The Division 2 (DirectX 12)
  • Borderlands 3 (DirectX 12)
  • Red Dead Redemption II (Vulkan)
  • Far Cry 6 (DirectX 12)
  • Watch Dogs: Legion (DirectX 12)
  • Cyberpunk 2077 (DirectX12)

We have chosen to use the benchmarks integrated in these different games.
Why did we do this? Simply to allow you to compare your results with ours if you also have a copy of one of these games. It’s a thought that seemed relevant to us and that will allow you to compare your results with ours.

As we mentioned on page 4 of this article, we have activated the Resizable Bar in the BIOS, which is now supported by all (recent) GPUs. Finally, we have opted only for 2160p definition and selected the cards that are able to compete at this level. Unfortunately, we don’t have any RTX 3080’s available at the moment to add performance to our graphics.

We also decided to harden the graphics quality of some games since the next generations should be more powerful, both from NVIDIA and from the next AMD graphics cards.

The Division 2:

The Division 2 will be tested under DirectX 12. As for the graphics settings, they will be set to ” ultra ” mode with vertical synchronization disabled.

Let’s go for the gaming part . First game of our series and it is rather beneficial to NVIDIA cards. Our RX 7900 XTX manages to stick to the RTX 4080 while our RX 7900 XT gets a performance close to the RTX 3090. We were hoping for better but as we reported, this game is more to the advantage of the greens.

Borderlands 3:

For the second game, we switch to Borderlands 3. The graphic options are set to ” Brutal “. It is important to know that Borderlands 3 is quite greedy and that this choice of parameters has a strong impact on the FPS. It is a game that is often praised in the announcements of new graphics cards and precisely in this Brutal mode.

Well, the trend changes here in Borderlands 3. We find a graph close to what we had under 3DMark Time Spy with our RTX 4080 sandwiched between the two AMD cards. The RX 7900 XTX takes a large lead over its direct competitor while the RX 7900 XT does almost as well as the RTX 4080. After the synthetic benchmarks, this is the kind of performance we expected. It remains to be seen if this will continue.

Red Dead Redemption 2:

Third game and not the least, Red Dead Redemption II on PC. The advantage of this opus is to offer the possibility to test the integrated benchmark under Vulkan. We opt for the graphics options in ” ultra “.

Third game and not the least, RDR2 offers the possibility to test the integrated benchmark under Vulkan. It is clear that we are on the same type of graphics as in the previous game. Our Radeon RX 7900 XTX manages to take the lead over the RTX 4080 and the RX 7900 XT manages to do as well.

Far Cry 6:

The latest game we are adding to this section is Far Cry 6, since it supports DXR as well as the FSR offered by AMD. We will also find it on the next page. For our benchmarks, we opted for ” ultra ” graphics quality.

Even if our file dedicated to this game has highlighted an advantage to AMD cards, our graphics remain identical in its construction. An RX 7900 XTX that performs better than the RTX 4080 and an RX 7900 XT that remain neck and neck with the green model. Note that the RTX 4090 remains untouchable.

Watch Dogs Legion:

Last but not least, Watch Dogs Legion will be used for our tests with Ray Tracing and DLSS. For our benchmarks, we have opted for an “ultra” graphic quality.

The trend is confirmed with the Watch Dogs Legion benchmark since the RX 7900 XT is still neck and neck with the RTX 4080 while the RX 7900 XTX takes second place in our graph.

Cyberpunk 2077:

This is a game that we have been wanting to add for a while and it is now done since it now has an integrated benchmark. We will also use this game for our tests with Ray Tracing. For our benchmarks, we have opted for an ” ultra ” graphic quality.

New and last benchmark of this panel of games. This is the one that shows the strongest performance with our graphics cards since few cards pass the 60 FPS mark. However, this is the first time that our RX 7900 XT manages to beat the RTX 4080.

Average Game:

For the average game performance, the NVIDIA RTX 3080 Ti is the reference card in 2160p. The other cards get a score either higher or lower depending on their performance against this model.

Our eyes will of course turn to the performance of our two samples against the NVIDIA RTX 4080. The RX 7900 XT surprised us, let’s face it. We thought we would have a lower performance than the 4080 and in many games it manages to come close to the green card. We could easily imagine it competing with an RTX 4070 when it becomes available.
As far as the RX 7900 XTX is concerned, there is no doubt that it performs much better than its direct competitor and takes a clear lead. The RTX 4090 remains a UFO and has not, at any time, been worried. We will wait for the conclusion and the Ray Tracing tests to give you our opinion on this new generation.