AMD will soon reveal its newest Radeon graphics cards, the RX 7000 series, with a live stream November 3rd. We don’t know exactly which GPUs to expect from the event, but rumors have added a new contender to the lineup: a super-powerful flagship called the Radeon RX 7900 XTX.
This new speculation – which originated from the Taiwanese tech website Benchlife (opens in new tab) – replaces previous suggestions that the primary card would be the RX 7900 XT or 7950 XT. Instead, it looks like AMD may be keeping the updated ’50’ variants in reserve for the time being, potentially so they can arrive in 2023 with AMD’s second-gen 3D V-cache technology.
The new GPUs are based on the new RDNA 3 Architecture, and it looks like we’re still getting the expected RX 7900 XT, with the XTX model having more cores and an extra 4GB of VRAM. ‘XTX’ is an old naming convention from AMD, which has not been used since the Radeon X1000 series in 2006.
If the leak is to be believed, the RX 7900 XTX will be AMD’s competitor to Nvidia’s stupidly powerful and stupidly expensive. RTX 4090, a model that tops our list of the best graphics cards. There’s no news yet on pricing or performance for the new Radeon GPUs, so we can only guess how this compares to Team Green’s offering.
Opinion: It’s cool, but who really cares?
Look, I’m all for AMD producing a rival to the mighty RTX 4090, but let’s be honest here; neither the RX 7900 XTX nor Nvidia’s new mainboard will be mainstream consumer products. After all, people are still looking for where to buy the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 and even the base price is far from the reach of the average PC user.
I think we’re heading towards a singularity in consumer graphics card requirements. The professional side of the market will always want more powerful GPUs to render animations and process numbers faster, but for the average PC gamer in the current cost-of-living crisis there is no impetus to shell out hundreds if not thousands of dollars for a new card when the good and affordable perfect options are still out there.
Yes, the RTX 4090 sold out almost immediately, but Nvidia didn’t exactly make all the stops when it came to stock production. The most recently Steam Hardware Search (opens in new tab) shows that the most popular GPUs among gamers are the GTX 1060, GTX 1650 and RTX 2060 – some of the best cheap graphics cards of the last decade.
That means most gamers – on PC at least – are still playing at 1080p or 720p, and in my opinion that’s fine. 4K monitors are expensive, and the higher resolution matters less when you’re sitting with your face half a meter from the screen. Cheaper cards like Intel Arc GPUs or the long awaited RTX 4060 are the real deal here; we hope that AMD doesn’t imitate Nvidia and just show us the expensive high-end cards.
It is important to remember that this is all currently just a rumor, and Benchlife has not disclosed the source of its leaked information. You can tune in to the live stream on November 3rd via AMD YouTube channel (opens in new tab) and find out one way or another.