Could this be the beginning of uncompromised graphics computing for gamers?

Could this be the beginning of uncompromised graphics computing for gamers?

Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ: AMD) recently announced the launch of its latest Radeon 7900XTX and 7900XT graphics cards, based on AMD’s third-generation RDNA graphics processing unit (GPU) architecture, previously codenamed Navi 3, now RDNA 3. Designed and optimized for gamers, these boards offer the first GPU architecture for gamers to use chiplets. The 7900XTX is specified at 2.3 GHz and delivers up to 61 teraflops. The card supports up to 24GB of GDDR6 memory and DisplayPort 2.1. The 7900XTX has a Thermal Design Power (TDP) of 355W. The 7900XT is similar but specified with 2GHz, 20GB GDDR6 memory and 300W TDP. Availability for both boards is currently scheduled for December 13, 2022 for $999 and $899 respectively. While these speeds and feeds sound impressive, what does that actually mean for the average (and maybe not-so-average) gamer?

In the highly dynamic, fast-paced, kill-or-be-killed worlds of today’s first-person shooter games, frames per second, or fps, is the key metric by which players literally live or die. If the only difference between two competing players, all else being equal, is that one of them has significantly faster fps and therefore faster twitch speed, the one with the faster fps will always win. Currently, in order to optimize fps performance, especially in the mid-tier graphics card segment, gamers have to switch off other features such as ray tracing or support for high-resolution graphics. With the 7900-series graphics cards, AMD is trying to change the game by promising top-of-the-line performance, even with advanced features enabled, in the sub-$1000 category.

AMD’s stated goals for this generation of GPUs were to optimize performance per watt, support high-resolution graphics while delivering high frame rates, all in a sub-$1000 price range. To enable this performance optimization within cost, AMD leveraged the chiplet architecture, which allowed them to select process node technologies that optimized process maturity, cost, and performance with specific functionality to ensure functionality matched with the most advanced node that she is connected would scale. Therefore, RDNA3 contains two chiplet types: the Graphics Compute Die (GCD) at 5 nm and the Memory Cache Die (MCD) at 6 nm. In total, the chiplets deliver 58 billion transistors with a performance increase of 54% per watt over the chip, according to AMD the previous generation. Additionally, AMD’s latest cards with DisplayPort 2.1 support are said to offer more than 800 fps at 1440p resolution, 400 fps at 4k, and 165 fps at 8k for supporting titles.

It is worth noting that scorecards are pending and therefore TIRIAS Research was not able to independently validate these performance metrics.

One of the other challenges gamers face when trying to optimize performance is the sheer amount of settings available on these cards. Everything from clock speed to refresh rate to resolution and ray tracing can be adjusted to name a few, and this is just the tip of the iceberg. If the gamer isn’t careful, they could spend more time setting up the graphics card than actually playing the game. To solve this problem for gamers, AMD also announced the latest version of their Adrenaline Edition software, which not only brings together all the titles that the gamer has purchased into one common portal, but also allows configuring the settings for specific gaming profiles possible with one click. Not only does this feature get gamers into the game faster, but it also helps to enable several complementary performance optimization features at the same time, further maximizing the capabilities of the graphics card.

Whether or not AMD will deliver on that promise has yet to be validated when cards become available, but early signs are promising. Given the specs, AMD’s internal test data, the capabilities announced, and especially when paired with the latest AMD Ryzen 7000-series processors, AMD has definitely positioned itself to potentially change the game and usher in what they call the “next gen.” gaming experience”.

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