Alleged AMD RX 7900 XTX Geekbench scores have been spotted online showing it besting the GeForce RTX 4080 in Vulkan. While we are still a week away from the official launch of AMD’s latest flagship graphics card, PC enthusiasts are anxiously awaiting reviews for it and verified comparison tests between the two and this could be a taste of things to come.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 has experienced controversy with its price vs performance metrics and is said to be getting a price reduction soon. Meanwhile, AMD has already stated that the RX 7900 XTX will have an MSRP of $999, which is $200 lower than the current US price of the GeForce RTX 4080. Although NVIDIA did drop its price in Europe by five percent (~$60) and other regions could see price reductions in the coming weeks. However, will that be enough to entice customers to buy the card that has remained readily available since its launch, despite a reportedly small amount (30,000) of shipped units, and even left scalpers scrambling to sell their inventory or face restocking fees?
These AMD RX 7900 XTX Geekbench scores, if accurate, paint an interesting picture. VideoCardz notes that it outperforms the GeForce RTX 4080 by ~15% in Vulkan but then falls short by an almost equal amount of ~14% in OpenCL. The disparity in OpenCL makes sense as the AMD RX 7900 XTX does not support CUDA while the GeForce RTX 4080 does. An ASUS ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme, paired with an AMD Ryzen 7 7700X and 32 GB DDR5 memory was also used, assuming none of the IDs were faked but such a setup does make sense for a potential hardware reviewer.
At the end of the day, most gamers are not going to use synthetic benchmarks as deciding factors in purchasing a new graphics card. If the AMD RX 7900 XTX does manage to trade blows within near equal, or better, metrics than the GeForce RTX 4080 at gaming, and at a lesser price, many could seek it out instead. If this happens NVIDIA may be forced to lower the price of its card even more in order to be more competitive. This too could affect price points for the forthcoming GeForce RTX 4070 Ti and anything below it that could be in the pipeline.