We may talk about the challenges of GPU chiplets vs. a monolithic die structure, harp on energy draw some extra, or apologize once more for the dearth of a 16GB RTX 4060 Ti on our charts, however all of that’s immaterial subsequent to the nice driving forces of all GPU dialogue in [current year]: VRAM and value.
With VRAM AMD is repeating the system from the RX 6000 Collection, with the RX 7800 XT providing the identical 16 GB of GDDR6 we noticed with the RX 6800 XT, and the RX 7700 XT mirroring the 12 GB discovered within the RX 6700 XT. Primarily based on web opinions, 12GB is the brand new minimal (together with 64GB of system reminiscence, I suppose), so AMD has a bonus over a whole lot of midrange playing cards on the market.
As to pricing, we’ll start with the Radeon RX 7800 XT, which carries a $499 USD launch MSRP. This looks like a superb worth, contemplating how aggressive it’s with rasterization in comparison with the RTX 4070 ($599). I don’t suppose you may significantly query the launch pricing. After which we’ve the Radeon RX 7700 XT…
At $449 USD, which is simply $50 lower than $499 in case you didn’t discover or refuse to do math, it’s so near the RX 7800 XT that it simply doesn’t make sense. Likely there might be associate playing cards that eclipse the value distinction, making them immediately irrelevant in comparison with the most cost effective RX 7800 XT. This launch value isn’t honest to companions, and must drop rapidly. Severely, I’d solely purchase an RX 7700 XT at $449 if each RX 7800 XT was bought out, and I used to be determined.
Do you suppose I’m making too large of a deal concerning the $449 value? It appears fairly protected to say that no fanatic price their salt goes to let $50 hold them from the higher card. Plus the RX 7800 XT has 4GB of extra VRAM! See?! It’s value and VRAM, mixed!
If I needed to cease blathering on about value and VRAM and craft a quotable abstract to finish this assessment, it might be this: AMD has hit a house run with the Radeon RX 7800 XT, providing higher uncooked efficiency than the GeForce RTX 4070 at a value that’s at the moment $100 lower than NVIDIA’s. For those who don’t care about DLSS and body technology (and energy draw), the RX 7800 XT is a no brainer at this value level.
As to the RX 7700 XT, it’s an enormous gen-on-gen improve over the RX 6700 XT, however the puzzling $449 USD price ticket punishes what’s in any other case a improbable product. Severely, spend the extra $50 and get an RX 7800 XT.