AMD RX 7900 XTX is on average 10% slower than RTX 4090 according to extrapolated preliminary graphs

AMD RX 7900 XTX is on average 10% slower than RTX 4090 according to extrapolated preliminary graphs

The official unveiling of the top-tier RDNA 3 gaming GPUs was full of plenty of details about the hardware specs, yet AMD didn’t seem too generous when it came to actual performance numbers. There was also no direct comparison with Nvidia, as the estimates referred to the previous generation RX 6950 XT in 4K, but perhaps AMD is trying to confuse the competition with stunning and vague statistics, only to over-deliver at launch. Fortunately, some good people on Twitter, plus Linus himself, took the time to dig through existing RTX 4090 results and compare them to AMD’s rough estimates, so we now have a clearer picture of the RX 7900 XTX’s true performance, which seems more than fair given its price.

Twitter user Lock Gamer took an AMD “up to 1.7x faster” screenshot that actually shows the 4K performance increase over the RX 6950 XT is an average of 1.5x, as well as another screenshot that shows the maximum FPS numbers achieved in some games, and confirmed this information with the average RTX 4090 FPS numbers provided by Hardware Unboxed. It turns out that out of 14 titles, the RX 7900 XTX was only able to beat the RTX 4090 in 3 games. In Dying Light 2, the AMD card was only a few percent faster, while in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Far Cry 6, the lead widened to ~10%. In all other games, the AMD card seems to fall behind the RTX 4090 by between 5% and 30%. Combining wins and losses, the AMD card lags by an average of 10%.

Linus based his extrapolations on his own RTX 4090 results and found that the RX 7900 XTX is 1 fps behind the RTX 4090 in Cyberpunk 2077, while the AMD card lags by 6% in CoD: Modern Warfare 2 and 10% in Watch. Dogs: Legion. AMD says ray tracing performance is 50-60% better than the RX 6950 XT, but unfortunately it still seems almost twice as slow as what Nvidia offers with the RTX 4090.

If AMD’s estimates are indeed confirmed through third-party tests by mid-December, the RX 7900 XTX could prove to be a very competitive alternative to Nvidia’s RTX 4090, being only 10% slower but costing 60% less at $999 . . It would also cost $200 less than the RTX 4080 and deliver slightly higher performance. Of course, AIB’s partner cards will get better specs with higher prices, but that’s true on Nvidia’s side as well. Not to mention that AMD cards offer better monitor support thanks to the inclusion of a DP 2.1 port and most importantly don’t require new power supplies with fancy power connectors that could lead to fire hazards.

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