AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX Video Card Review

AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX Video Card

Introduction

Let’s face it, the AMD Radeon RX 7900 Series video cards are the fight of the year we’ve all been waiting for.  It’s time to put AMD’s new RDNA 3 architecture against NVIDIA’s new Ada Lovelace architecture GPUs.  AMD’s next-gen versus NVIDIA’s next-gen, head-to-head.  This is our AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX review.  Also, do not miss our AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT review. 

It’s been a busy second half of 2022 with AMD CPU launches, Intel CPU launches, Intel GPU launches, NVIDIA GPU launches, and now AMD’s GPU launch.  Out of all those comparisons, this is the one that gamers have been waiting to see.  We’ve heard the hype from AMD about RDNA 3 and chiplet technology, we’ve seen the hype from NVIDIA and Ada Lovelace and the dominance of the GeForce RTX 4090, and now it is finally time to put both on the table and see what happens.

The winner, in our opinion, comes down to price and performance.  The performance each video card offers at their respective price points is what matters most.  The price tag is always the benchmark by which value should be judged.  The performance you get at that price rules all.  We will be heavily thinking about the price of each video card, the performance they deliver at that price, and the features and value each one provides.

On this page, we will talk about the Radeon RX 7900 XTX specifications briefly, and show pictures of the Radeon RX 7900 XTX. On the next page, we will show full RDNA 3 architecture product information and Radeon RX 7900 series product information if you want more of a deep dive into the architecture and GPU series. Then we will move into gaming performance testing 4K resolution, AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution FSR performance, and Ray Tracing performance. All of the graphs show the Radeon RX 7900 XTX performance in this review, to see how the Radeon RX 7900 XT performs check out that review specifically which contains that video card.

Don’t miss our unboxing of the AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX and XT video cards.

AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX Specs

Radeon RX 7900 XTXRadeon RX 7900 XTRadeon RX 6950 XT
ArchitectureRDNA 3RDNA 3RDNA 2
Process5nm GCD+6nm MCD5nm GCD+6nm MCD7nm
Transistors57.7 billion57.7 billion26.8 billion
Die Size300 mm2 GCD
220 mm2 MCD
300 mm2 GCD
220 mm2 MCD
520 mm2
Compute Units968480
Ray Accelerators968480
AI Accelerators192168N/A
Stream Processors614453765120
ROPs192192128
Game GPU Clock2300 MHz2000 MHz2100 MHz
Boost GPU Clock2500 MHz2400 MHz2310 MHz
AMD Infinity Cache96MB80MB128MB
Memory24GB GDDR620GB GDDR616GB GDDR6
Memory Bandwidth960GB/s800GB/s576GB/s
Board Power355W315W335W

The AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX will retail for $999 MSRP. The AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX is based on the new AMD RDNA 3 architecture and the NAVI 31 GPU package utilizes AMD Chiplet technology.  There is a single 5nm GCD (Graphics Compute Die) and surrounding that are six 6nm MCDs (Memory Cache Die).  In the Radeon RX 7900 XTX, there are 6 MCDs.  The transistor count is 57.7 billion, the die size for the GCD is 300 mm2 and the MCDs are 220 mm2 each.

The Radeon RX 7900 XTX has 96 Compute Units (CUs) and 96 2nd generation Ray Accelerators as well as 192 AI Accelerators and 192 ROPs and 6,144 Stream Processors with 96MB of 2nd generation AMD Infinity Cache.  The Game GPU Clock is 2300MHz and the Boost GPU Clock is up to 2500MHz.  It has 24GB of GDDR6 on a 384-bit memory bus at 20GHz providing 960GB/s of memory bandwidth.  The Board Power for all of this is only 355W. AMD Smart Access Memory is still supported.

AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX

The AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX direct from AMD is in an all-black matte shaded shroud, front and back in a triple axial fan design. The shroud curves around the edges and encapsulates the video card, and the back end is capped off. The I/O portion also has no exhaust vents, all the air will get distributed fully inside the case from the top and bottom. The material feels very strong and sturdy, the build feels very robust. The back heatsink aids in cooling and dissipating heat. The video card measures 11.3 inches in length, 5.3 inches in width, and 2 inches in height, and is a 2.5-slot video card.

The body shape is curved, and the front shroud has two LED features and a metal bracket accent.

The backplate covers the entire back, including the back of the GPU. It does provide passive cooling to the video card.

For I/O it has an HDMI 2.1a port, two DisplayPort 2.1 ports as well as one USB Type-C port. It utilizes two 8-pin PCI-Express power connectors.

The LEDs look quite nice, giving it an elegant visual in dark or light.

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REVIEW OVERVIEW

Gaming Performance
8
Power Efficiency
10
Build and Cooling
10
Price Value
10

SUMMARY

We reviewed the AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX video card, and put it up against the competition at 4K, with Ray Tracing and tested FSR performance in many games with a focus on the gameplay experience. The AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX video card proved to offer a strong value at its price point, offering competitive performance at a lower price point, and all the latest features, including new ones like DisplayPort 2.1 and AV1. It has a robust build, excellent cooling and efficiency, and form factor size that will be compatible with current builds, and doesn't require new power connectors. Its performance is strong but does fall behind the competition's flagship, and Ray Tracing performance, but for the price point being way lower, the value is extremely high on the Radeon RX 7900 XTX by comparison.
Brent Justicehttps://www.thefpsreview.com
Former managing editor of GPUs at HardOCP for 18 years, Brent Justice has been reviewing computer components since the late 90s, educated in the art and method of the computer hardware review, he brings experience, knowledge, and hands-on testing with a gamer-oriented and hardware enthusiast perspective. You can follow him on Twitter - @Brent_Justice You can sub to his YouTube channel - Justice Gaming https://www.youtube.com/c/JusticeGamingChannel You can check out his computer builds on KIT - @BrentJustice https://kit.co/BrentJustice

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We reviewed the AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX video card, and put it up against the competition at 4K, with Ray Tracing and tested FSR performance in many games with a focus on the gameplay experience. The AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX video card proved to offer a strong value at its price point, offering competitive performance at a lower price point, and all the latest features, including new ones like DisplayPort 2.1 and AV1. It has a robust build, excellent cooling and efficiency, and form factor size that will be compatible with current builds, and doesn't require new power connectors. Its performance is strong but does fall behind the competition's flagship, and Ray Tracing performance, but for the price point being way lower, the value is extremely high on the Radeon RX 7900 XTX by comparison.AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX Video Card Review