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How to rewatch AMD’s big GPU launch — and what was announced

This fall has been jammed full of PC hardware releases, but AMD had one more big product launch for the year. Today, AMD announced its RX 7000 line of GPUs, based on the new RDNA 3 architecture.

We have a full rundown on how these new graphics cards will compete with the best from Nvidia, and you can rewatch all the announcements as they rolled out down below.

Dr. Lisa Su at the RX 7900 XT launch event.

Everything announced: RDNA 3, RX 7900 XTX, FSR 3

Dr. Lisa Su announcing the RDNA 3 GPU.
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AMD announced two new graphics cards at its launch event: the RX 7900 XTX and the RX 7900 XT. Using the “world’s first chiplet gaming GPU,” these new cards are based on the same technology that made Ryzen famous back in the day. AMD broke down the new efficiencies and performance capabilities of RDNA 3, noting that these new cards are based on TSMC’s 5nm node.

See the full spec rundown below:

RX 7900 XTX RX 7900 XT
Compute Units 96 84
AI accelerators 192 168
Ray tracing accelerators 96 84
Memory 24GB GDDR6 20GB GDDR6
Memory speed 20Gbps 20Gbps
Memory bus size 384-bit 320-bit
Game clock speed 2.3GHz 2GHz
Connection support DisplayPort 2.1 DisplayPort 2.1
Total board power 355W 300W
List price $999 $899
Release date December 13, 2022 December 13, 2022
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As for performance, AMD didn’t get into specifics, but did show up to 1.7x native 4K performance on the RX 7900 XTX over the previous RX 6950 XT. For the RX 7900 XT, AMD talked about getting up to 300 frames per second (fps) in Apex Legends in 1440p at max settings. Unfortunately, we didn’t get any direct performance comparisons to the RTX 4090 or 4080, which is what we all want to see. AMD did call it the fastest graphics card under $1,000, which implies that it likely doesn’t have the same performance as the RTX 4090 — but again, we’ll have to wait and see.

Performance charts showing how games perform on the RX 7900 XTX.
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AMD also spent time talking about the addition of DisplayPort 2.1, a port unique to these new cards. AMD announced that the first 8K ultrawide monitors are due to ship in 2023, led by Samsung’s Odyssey Neo G9. Not much information was provided about theses specific displays, but AMD says we’ll get more information at CES 2023. AMD noted that in games like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, the RX 7900 XT could actually deliver up to 96 fps in native 8K with FSR enabled.

AMD also announced that Halo Infinite would get ray tracing enabled on PC, which should produce sharper shadows and improved visuals when playing on AMD-powered PCs.

The big story here is around pricing. Unlike Nvidia, AMD is keeping prices steady, charging $999 for the flagship RX 7900 XTX and $899 for the RX 7900 XT. Both will be available for purchase on December 13.

Dr. Lisa Su in front of a screen that shows the RX 7900 XTX and RX 7900 XT.

AMD gave a preview of FSR 3 (FidelityFX Super Resolution 3), the latest version of the company’s upscaling tech. AMD is claiming it’ll provide 2x increase in frame rate over FSR 2, boosted by the new AMD Fluid Motion Frames technology. This frame generation looks similar to what Nvidia is doing with DLSS 3.

As an example, they showed an example in Unreal Engine 5 getting 60 fps in 4K using FSR 2. With FSR 3 enabled, that frame rate jumped to 112 fps. FSR 3 will be coming to supported titles in 2023.

An announcement slide showing FSR 3.

Lastly, AMD ended by talking about AMD Advantage desktops. Similar to what the company has done with laptops, these all-AMD PCs are highlighted by the company’s software suite and hardware optimizations. AMD also announced Hypr-RX mode, which collects Super Resolution, Anti-Lag, and Radeon Boost and integrates them into a single-click solution within the Adrenalin software.

How to rewatch the RX 7000 event

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The video event launching AMD’s RX 7000 started at 1 p.m. PT November 3 and lasted around an hour.

AMD is always good about making its product launches available to the public, and you can already rewatch the entire presentation in the YouTube video embedded above.

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Luke Larsen
Luke Larsen is the Senior editor of computing, managing all content covering laptops, monitors, PC hardware, Macs, and more.
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