There’s been a lot of negativity surrounding AMD’s Radeon RX 7900 series graphics cards. The ray-tracing performance, power efficiency, and thermals leave much to be desired. You can go through our review to get an idea about the specifics. In short, the Radeon RX 7900 XTX competes with the GeForce RTX 4080 but draws as much power as the 4090. Similarly, the RX 7900 XT trades blows with the RTX 4070 Ti while sipping as much power as the 4080.
N33 average perf ≈ RX 6750 XT.
N33 max perf ≈ RX 6800.
N33 < RX 6750 XT
N33 >≈ RX 6650 XT
If the rumor mill is to be believed, this trend will continue. The Navi 33-based Radeon RX 7700 XT is expected to be the third RDNA 3 GPU to hit the market. As per a well-reputed source (@All_The_Watts), Navi 33 has missed its initial performance target. The midrange die was supposed to offer the same level of performance as the RX 6800 at a lower price tag.
Unfortunately, the numbers didn’t pan out, and the revised SKU will be slightly slower than expected. The Radeon RX 7700 XT, set to hit the retail market later this year, will fall in the same performance bracket as the Radeon RX 6650 XT and the 6700 XT. We’re looking at a $300-400 part slower than the RTX 3070 Ti and the upcoming RTX 4060 Ti.
A word of caution. Take this rumor with a fat grain of salt. We’re still a couple of months away from the Navi 33 release, and things could change yet. Furthermore, initial performance numbers are usually derived from specific workloads, and a definitive result must wait.