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AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX is designed to compete with NVIDIA’s RTX 4080, FSR 3 support for non-RDNA 3 GPUs is possible

In an interview with PCWorld, Frank Azor of AMD once again gave detailed information on their flagship RDNA 3 graphics card, the Radeon RX 7900 XTX, and their brand new FSR 3 technology.

AMD Talks Radeon RX 7900 XTX and FSR 3 Technology – Flagship Designed to Compete with NVIDIA RTX 4080

When AMD unveiled its Radeon RX 7900 series graphics cards, including the Radeon RX 7900 XTX and RX 7900 XT, the company refrained from presenting any performance comparisons with their competitors’ RTX 40 series graphics cards. . In fact, AMD refrained from presenting any type of performance comparisons with NVIDIA’s graphics cards, including older RTX 30 series cards. The only comparisons that were made were with their older RX series cards. 6000 such as the RX 6900 XT and RX 6950 XT.

[Radeon RX 7900 XTX] is designed to go against 4080 and we don’t have benchmark numbers on 4080. That’s the main reason why you haven’t seen any NVIDIA comparisons. […] The $999 card is not a 4090 competitor, which costs 60% more, it is a competitor of the 4080.

—Frank Azor at PCWorld via Videocardz

Now, Frank Azor, AMD’s chief gaming solutions and marketing architect, has revealed that the reason the red team didn’t make any comparisons to the RTX 4090 (the only cards in the NVIDIA RTX 40 series available at the moment) was due to the fact that their flagship, the RX 7900 XTX is not at all designed to compete with it.

Well, that is very true in terms of price since the RTX 4090 is a US$1599 (MSRP) graphics card while the RX 7900 XTX is a US$999 (MSRP) card. That’s a 60% difference in price alone. And while the 7900 XTX offers up to 70% more performance over its predecessor, the company simply doesn’t see the 4090 as the main price challenger.

The real competitor that AMD sees against its Radeon RX 7900 XTX is the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 (16 GB). The RTX 4080 is more comparable price-wise as it costs US$1199 or 20% more than the RX 7900 XTX. But even still, the RX 7900 XTX is definitely a better value and also has a memory advantage (24GB vs. 16GB). Even the US$899 RX 7900 XT with 20GB of memory can be considered a competitor to the RTX 4090.

We can already see that if NVIDIA kept their RTX 4080 12GB model, it would have faced stiff competition from the RX 7900 XT, so it was a perfect decision to cancel it once and for all. Now it remains to be seen how NVIDIA will compete in the sub-$1000 price range as currently the company has nothing officially revealed in this segment and AMD having two cards in this range will obviously give them the advantage of the price for several months. unless NVIDIA plans to launch something in this range as well, which doesn’t seem to be the case so far.

AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX vs. NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 specs:

GRAPHIC CARD AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 4080 16G
GPUs Navi 31 XTX Ada Lovelace AD103-300
Process node TSMC 5nm + 6nm TSMC4N
Die size 300mm2 (only GCD)
522 mm2 (with MCD)
378.6mm2
Transistors 58 billion 45.9 billion
Cores 12288 9728
Basic Clock 1900MHz 2210MHz
Boost clock 2500MHz 2510MHz
TFLOP FP32 61 TFLOPs 49 TFLOPs
Memory size 24 GB GDDR6 16 GB GDDR6X
Memory bus 384 bit 256 bit
Memory clock 20 Gbps 23 Gbps
Bandwidth 960 GB/s 736 GB/s
PAD 355W 320W
PCIe interface PCIe 4.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 x16
Price US$999 US$1199
Launch December 13, 2022 November 16, 2022

[AMD FSR3] is not a quick reaction or thing [to DLSS3], it’s absolutely something we’ve been working on for a while. Why is it taking a little longer for it to come out, as you probably would have hoped? The key thing to remember about FSR is the FSR philosophy and until now FSR didn’t just work on RDNA2 or RDNA1, it worked on other generations of AMD graphics cards. They also work on competitive graphics cards. It’s exponentially harder than if we were running it on RDNA3. […] We really want to work on more than RDNA3.

—Frank Azor at PCWorld via Videocardz

That’s not all Frank had to talk about. He also had something to say regarding the FSR 3 technology which is really interesting and gives us a hint that the red team might not be limiting it to their RDNA 3 lineup unlike NVIDIA who made DLSS 3 proprietary for their GPUs from the RTX 40 series. Frank says FSR 3 is not a reaction to DLSS 3 and the work has been going on for a while. AMD made a very similar statement regarding FSR when comparing it to the first generation of DLSS, but we have to give NVIDIA props for really pushing the PC graphics market into the era of ray tracing techniques and oversampling.

AMD offered a much more open approach, as did Intel with its XeSS software. Now AMD says they want to work on more than just RDNA 3 GPUs, but that will take time and that’s (or could be) why the tech will debut in 2023. We can expect more information from ‘AMD in the coming weeks. before launch so stay tuned.

News Source: Videocardz