We’re getting some more AMD Radeon RX 7000 graphics cards based on the RDNA 3 architecture in the near future, as the company has confirmed that it plans to expand its range of RDNA 3 GPUs into the mainstream segment.
The announcement follows recent speculation about the reportedly forthcoming AMD Radeon RX 7600, which suggested that the new chip was gearing up to do battle with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 in May 2023.
The confirmation was made by AMD CEO Lisa Su during the company’s Q1 2023 quarterly earnings call, during a section on AMD’s performance in the gaming segment. The mid-range Radeon RX 7000 GPUs are planned to launch in the second financial quarter of 2023, which means the release date will be before the end of June.
In addition to the Radeon RX 7600, we’re also expecting the Radeon RX 7700 XT to launch in this timeframe, replacing the Radeon RX 6750 XT in AMD’s mid-range GPU segment.
“We saw strong sales of our high-end Radeon 7900 XTX GPUs in the first quarter,” said Su, “and we’re on track to expand our RDNA 3 GPU portfolio with the launch of new mainstream Radeon 7000-series GPUs this quarter.”
Some of the new mainstream GPUs are expected to be based on a new RDNA 3 chip called Navi 33, which is reported to contain up to 32 compute units, making for a maximum of 2,048 stream processors.
AMD first launched its RDNA 3 architecture four months ago, with the AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX gaining a place on our best graphics card guide. The new GPU was regularly faster than the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 in rasterization performance, and its ray tracing performance was on par with Nvidia’s previous-generation Ampere GPUs. Its price has also now dropped to just $999 (£999)
The cheaper AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT also launched at the same time, based on the same GPU but with only 84 compute units enabled, rather than the 96 on the XTX. Nvidia’s latest Ada GPUs remain better at ray tracing, however, and also have the benefit of Nvidia’s DLSS 3 AI frame generation tech.
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