AMD is ramping up production of the Navi 31 GPU powering the Radeon RX 7900 series graphics cards. Large shipments of the next-gen RDNA 3 parts are expected to hit global retail markets at the end of the month. Currently, the Radeon RX 7900 XTX is sold out almost everywhere, while the 7900 XT is available in sparse quantities. Out of the two, the former is by far the better SKU in terms of the value-for-money prospect.
On the other hand, the GeForce RTX 4080 is available in plentiful quantities with a starting price of $1,379 on Newegg. It’s worth noting that the Ada card is still the #1 bestselling GPU on Newegg, followed by the RTX 4090 at #3. The latter is out of stock at the time of writing.
We’ve been hearing reports of a possible price cut for the RTX 4080, but seeing how the RX 7900 series performs, I’d say that’s not likely anymore. Board partners may launch stripped-down variants for around $999, but that’s about it.
Other than the reference models, only AMD-exclusive AIBs have rolled out their Radeon RX 7900 series offerings. Neutral AIBs like MSI, ASUS, and Gigabyte are yet to launch their designs. As per an official statement, MSI will release its RX 7900 series graphics cards in January.
By then, the RTX 4070 Ti should be out as well. With a price tag of $849, it’ll be a direct competitor to the Radeon RX 7900 XT. Seeing how the RTX 4080 decisively defeats the latter, we can expect the AMD offering to be faster on raster performance but slower in ray-tracing workloads.