AMD’s Radeon RX 7000 GPUs are only 5-10% Faster than the RX 6000 Series at the Same Clocks (IPC)

AMD’s Radeon RX 7000 series GPUs are one of its less successful lineups. Limited gen-over-gen uplifts and poor ray-tracing performance handily conferred the enthusiast crown to rival NVIDIA. ComputerBase tested their RX 7900 GRE against the RX 6950 XT and found that the former is nearly as fast as the latter. In other words, the RDNA 3 architecture is barely faster than its preceding design.

The RX 7000 series GPUs are barely faster than their RX 6000 counterparts, leaving a measly 4-5% delta behind them at 4K rasterization. Although there are a few titles where the RX 7900 GRE is up to 10% faster than the RX 6950 XT, there are also many games where the deltas are within the margin of error, balancing the two.

Surprisingly, the performance difference in ray-traced games isn’t much larger. On average, the Radeon RX 7900 GRE is only 7% faster than the RX 6950 XT at 4K with ray-tracing switched on.

Certain ray-traced titles like Returnal see a deficit of up to 20% between RDNA 2 and RDNA 3. Cyberpunk 2077 is also over 10% faster on the latter. Sadly, most of the other results net a delta of under 10% at the ultra ray-traced preset.

Source: ComputerBase.


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