If AMD’s Statements About The RX 7900 XTX Are True, Nvidia Could Be In Big Problem. The latest RTX 4080 from Nvidia hasn’t been well received. As you can see from my RTX 4080 review, it is still the second fastest GPU money can buy, but it is also prohibitively pricey.
Many prospective PC builders are waiting on their cash until AMD delivers its RX 7900 XTX and RX 7900 XT in December. AMD is trying to go toe-to-toe with the RTX 4080, all while giving its flagship cards for a few hundred dollars less than Nvidia is asking.
Until the cards arrive, we won’t know for sure if AMD can compete, but with the RTX 4080 in hand, we can get a good idea. And the situation isn’t looking nice for Nvidia.
What AMD Says
I need to put a critical disclaimer upright. We don’t have the AMD RX 7900 XTX or RX 7900 XT yet, and we won’t know how the cards perform until they’re released on December 13. Two slides of benchmarks just released by AMD are all we have to go on.
I don’t have any reason to believe they’re inaccurate, but at the very least, it’s best to assume AMD chose the numbers that paint its product in the best light. As a result of the foregoing, it should be clear that I am speculating rather than making predictions.
That being said, the aforementioned table displays the rasterized and ray-tracing performance figures that AMD has made public. Disclaimers aside, I attempted to replicate AMD’s test arrangement using the RTX 4080 in place of the two new RX 7000 GPUs, as detailed in the final slides. I’ve come up with the following:
- AMD Ryzen 9 7900X
- 32GB Corsair Vengeance DDR5-6000
- 1TB Corsair MP400 NVMe SSD
- Gigabyte Aorus Master X670E motherboard
- Windows 11 22H2
- Corsair H150i all-in-one liquid cooler
There are a lot of question marks that AMD didn’t clarify in its testing, like if Resizable BAR was turned on and what game versions it was using. Instead, I performed all of the standard steps I take when reviewing GPUs.
I kept Resizeable BAR turned on and stuck with the latest updates across drivers, games, and Windows. I ran the RTX 4080 through its paces in the games that AMD made available for this benchmark.
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In order to ensure that my results are as comparable as possible, I only evaluated games that included an in-built benchmark. I didn’t include Dying Light 2 or Resident Evil Village’s AMD testing because I didn’t know what was being tested.
There’s a chance that the RTX 4080 will soon overtake the RTX 4090 in performance. I found that AMD’s cards are competitive with the RTX 4080, and they cost much less.
Since “max settings” is what AMD specifies on its charts, I utilised that for all of my benchmarks. Based on my findings, AMD’s new cards could pull off an upset, with the RX 7900 XTX consistently outperforming the RX 7900 XT.
While the RTX 4080 edged out the RX 7900 XT in Watch Dogs: Legion, AMD’s numbers place the RX 7900 XTX nearly 14% ahead. Though the differences are negligible at 4K, Smart Access Memory (SAM) may have a minor impact in helping the RX 7900 XTX outperform its competitors.
— Forbes Tech (@ForbesTech) November 14, 2022
Comparative benchmarks show that the RX 7900 XTX is roughly 18% faster than the RTX 4080 in Cyberpunk 2077, with Nvidia’s card eking out a single-frame advantage over the RX 7900 XT. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 is where both the RX 7900 XTX and RX 7900 XT exhibit a big lead (upwards of 38%!).
Even though it’s impressive, Modern Warfare 2 heavily favours AMD’s modern GPUs. The field of ray tracing is constantly evolving. AMD was substantially behind Nvidia with ray tracing in the previous generation.
Even if the RX 7900 XT and RX 7900 XTX are on the horizon, it appears that Nvidia will continue to dominate the market. The RTX 4080 I used in my tests outperformed the Radeon RX 7900 XT by 66%, and the Radeon RX 7900 XTX by 43%, as reported by AMD in Cyberpunk 2077.
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For my tests, I disabled upscaling because better results might be expected when starting with a higher resolution. With Nvidia’s Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS), the RTX 4080 reached over 80 frames per second (fps), beating AMD’s results with FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) by roughly 40%.
For Hitman 3 with ray tracing, AMD didn’t clarify if it ran the Dartmoor or Dubai benchmark, so I ran both. Although Nvidia is ahead in both scenarios, it is unclear if the RTX 4080 is holding a slim lead or a decisive one.