AMD Navi 31 GPUs Can Hit 3.0 GHz, but Owners Should Expect Only 3% OC Potential with Radeon RX 7900 Series, It’s Claimed

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AMD announced its first RDNA 3 graphics cards yesterday, revealing two Radeon RX 7000 Series GPUs in the form of the Radeon RX 7900 XT and Radeon RX 7900 XTX, which feature boost clocks of up to 2.4 and 2.5 GHz, respectively. An interview shared by PC World has now revealed that Navi 31 is actually “designed to scale up to 3.0 GHz,” something that was teased by various leakers on the lead up to the GPU’s official unveiling. It’s unclear when enthusiasts may see this number realized, however, as one alleged insider, coreteks, has claimed to have heard from AIBs that Radeon RX 7900 Series users should expect only up to 3% overclocking potential from custom models—or, at least, with the preliminary drivers.

AMD has claimed that its new GPUs offer up to 1.7x better performance versus the RDNA 2 generation in 4K gaming:

The AMD RDNA 3 architecture’s chiplet design combines 5nm and 6nm process nodes, each optimized for specific jobs. The breakthrough architecture delivers up to 54% more performance per watt than AMD RDNA 2 architecture, and features the world’s fastest interconnect linking the graphics and memory system chiplets at up to 5.3 TB/s. It also offers up to 96 new unified compute units, second-generation AMD Infinity Cache technology, and up to 24 GB of high-speed GDDR6 memory with up to a 384-bit memory interface. It also includes increased AI throughput that delivers up to 2.7X higher AI performance, and second-generation raytracing technology that provides up to 1.8X higher raytracing performance than AMD RDNA 2 architecture.

Altogether, these features and advancements deliver up to a 1.7X performance uplift in select titles at 4K compared to AMD RDNA 2 architecture. The new graphics cards also support DisplayPort 2.1 displays capable of delivering ultra-high framerates and stunning visuals at up to 4K 480Hz and 8K 165Hz refresh rates.

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