AMD has started the sampling of its Radeon RX 7900M to reviewers. It’s the first high-end mobile GPU from Team Red in years and has a lot going for it. Going by first-party gaming benchmarks, the 7900M is up to 38% faster than NVIDIA’s RTX 4080 mobile. The area where the GPU lacks is ray tracing, but despite that, it’s 7% faster than the GeForce chip on average. It’s an ideal option for eSports gamers who don’t care about ray tracing or other proprietary visual effects.
The first third-party benchmark of the Radeon RX 7900M comes in the form of 3DMark Time Spy. It scores 19,743 points in the graphics benchmark, narrowly beating the GeForce RTX 4080 (mobile) by a few precious percent. The Navi 31-based RX 7900M will draw notably more power than the RTX 4080, but that’s not one of its strengths anyway.
The Radeon RX 7900M should reduce the prices of high-end gaming laptops by a notch. The Alienware m18, for example, costs $2,799 with the 7900M and a considerably higher $3,349 for the RTX 4080 variant. An additional $550 for better ray tracing performance. Is it worth it?