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New AMD RDNA 4 performance estimates dampen high-end hopes

At its best, AMD's RDNA 4 microarchitecture may only produce graphics cards that beat the Radeon RX 7900 XT instead of its current flagship.

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With the Radeon RX 7000 series seemingly complete, attention now turns to the AMD RDNA 4 microarchitecture and the graphics cards built using it. Those hoping for a boundary-pushing generation of pixel pushers, though, may be left disappointed if recent performance estimations are anything to go by.

The likes of the Radeon RX 7800 XT has shaken up the midrange graphics card market, rightfully earning a spot on our best graphics card list. Keen to continue this momentum, it appears that AMD is aiming to dominate the same price point with RDNA 4.

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Sources close to YouTuber Moore’s Law Is Dead allege that the next generation of AMD GPUs will build pixel pushers that specifically target the midrange, likely costing $400-$600. Ergo, no true successor to the Radeon RX 7900 XTX.

That said, RDNA 4 graphics cards are “currently projected to beat the Radeon RX 7900 XT” but their ability to surpass the heavily-rumored GeForce RTX 4080 Super remains dubious.

If true, it seems we’re on track for another RDNA 1-esque launch, leaving the high-end playing field essentially wide open for the Nvidia.

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