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AMD Radeon RX 8800 XT will be as Fast as the RX 7900 XTX at Half the Price?

According to the latest rumors, AMD's next-gen Radeon RX 8800 XT will be as fast as the RTX 4080/RX 7900 XTX at almost half the price

We’ve known for some time now that AMD’s RDNA 4 GPUs will be focused on the midrange market, forsaking the high-end and enthusiast segments to NVIDIA’s RTX 50 “Blackwell” graphics cards. The cancellation of a complex multi-die Radeon RX 8900 XTX (with up to 10 or more chiplets) has already been covered in the past. The RX 8800 XT is supposed to be the next RDNA 4 flagship, or so claims the rumor mill.

According to “Moore’s Law is Dead,” the RX 8800 XT will be as fast as the RTX 4080/RX 7900 XTX at almost half the price. The last time, the YouTuber claimed RX 7900 XT level performance for the same SKU, but I guess that’s expected so early on. Regardless, the Radeon RX 8800 XT should perform similarly to a Navi 31 derivative with a monolithic design.

A $500 graphics card as fast as the GeForce RTX 4080 or the RX 7900 XTX will be quite the treat for mainstream gamers. How AMD will achieve that is dubious, and that’s why I have considerable doubts. Every cycle, the next-gen Radeon graphics cards are hyped up, but every time, they underdeliver. More recently, we saw this with the RX 7900 XTX and the 6900 XT (to a lesser extent).

A preemptive strike will be AMD’s primary advantage with RDNA 4. If the Radeon RX 8800 XT is launched a few months ahead of the RTX 5090, it’ll do plenty of damage. At the moment, the high-end market is hardly competitive. The GeForce RTX 4080 Super will cost $999, $300 higher than it should. Meanwhile, at $799, the RTX 4070 Ti Super is barely faster than the now-retired 4070 Ti.

Realistically, I’d expect RTX 4080-level performance from the RX 8800 XT. Since the process node will remain the same (a derivative of N5), don’t expect much in the way of power efficiency. NVIDIA’s Ada Lovelace architecture is incredibly efficient, and if RDNA 4 can match it, that’ll be sufficient.

Areej Syed

Processors, PC gaming, and the past. I have been writing about computer hardware for over seven years with more than 5000 published articles. Started off during engineering college and haven't stopped since. Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Divinity, Torment, Baldur's Gate and so much more... Contact: areejs12@hardwaretimes.com.
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