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AMD RX 7900 XT Launching in Dec: Likely Slower than NVIDIA’s RTX 4090 in Ray Tracing [Rumor]

AMD is all set to unveil its next-gen RDNA 3 GPUs on the 3rd of November. The Radeon RX 7900 XT, codenamed Navi 31 will be the first to come out with a estimated launch date of early December. This info comes from Chinese blogger Enthusiast Citizen, according to whom the RX 7000 series will consist of two flagships, namely “first flagship” and “second flagship”. These will be the RX 7900 XT and the 7800 XT or the 7950 XT and the 7900 XT. If it’s the former then we’ll be getting Navi 31 and Navi 32 this year. However, in the latter case, the SKUs will be variants of the top-end Navi 31 die.

This rumor indicates that the Radeon RX 7900 XT will launch an entire month after the official reveals, the same as the Ryzen 7000 family. Whether this results from excess inventory or weak demand, or both is unclear. Either way, this will give the GeForce RTX 4090 nearly two months to dominate the high-end market.

Although RDNA 3 promises to offer 50% more performance per watt than its predecessor, there are concerns over its ray-tracing capabilities. The source believes that the Radeon RX 7900 XT may have difficulty keeping up with the GeForce RTX 4090 in ray-tracing games especially if you factor in DLSS 3. From our testing, we found that the new iteration of Deep Learning Super Sampling offers a 2-3x upgrade in frame rates over the RTX 3080 Ti.

As a result, AMD’s greatest strength will once again be the gamer-friendly pricing. With the RTX 4080 12GB and 16GB priced well over their predecessors, the upper midrange and high-end markets are ripe for the taking. A Radeon GPU priced at $550-$650 offering raster performance comparable to the RTX 4080 might end up being very popular among the masses. Even if its ray-tracing capabilities aren’t impressive, it might end up giving the RTX 4080 a run for its money.

Areej

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