AMD has officially unveiled its RX 7800 XT and RX 7700 XT graphics cards and both the GPUs are set to release on September 6. The company shared information about its new Radeon GPUs at its Gamescom 2023 live stream. In addition, it also showcased the Radeon FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) 3 technology during the keynote.
FSR 3 is set to launch “soon” with no concrete release date despite the fact that it was announcement back in November 2022. AMD has also announced a new RX 7900 XTX Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora Limited Edition GPU that comes with thermal reactive paint as its standout design element. Let’s check out all the details around the new AMD Radeon GPUs and FSR 3 here.
AMD Radeon RX 7800 XT and RX 7700 XT
AMD claims that both these GPUs can offer over 60fps at 1440p with maximum graphics settings in the latest games. The company outlined that the GPUs achieve this without any upscaling technology or AI. As an example, the new GPUs average over 100fps in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II while playing at 1440p resolution.
The RX 7700 XT features 54 compute units with 2171 MHz clock speed, 12GB GDDR6 memory, and a 245W total board power. As for the RX 7800 XT, it comes with 60 compute units, 2124 MHz clock speed, 16GB GDDR6 memory, and 263W total board power. RX 7700 XT carries 48MB AMD Infinity Cache whereas the RX 7800 XT has 64MB AMD Infinity Cache.
Speculative price in India
There are currently no announcements of a price point in India for these two GPUs. AMD has officially priced the RX 7700 XT at $449 and 7800 XT at $499. Since AMD itself has said that the GPUs are set to compete against the Nvidia 4070 GPUs, we can have a fair guess at a price range for the upcoming GPUs in India.
Nvidia RTX 4070 was launched globally at $599.99 and for Rs 62,000 in India. Since GPUs are generally more expensive in India, AMD RX 7700 XT and 7800 XT are both still likely to be cheaper than the RTX 4070 in India at around INR 45,000 and INR 60,000 respectively. However, all of this is speculation at best, so let’s wait and see what price point for these two AMD GPUs will be in India.
FSR 3 is “coming soon” with HyperRX launching in Sept 2023
AMD also revealed some details about the much-awaited upgrade to its FSR upscaling technology, FSR 3. It features a frame generation technology which is different than the one available in Nvidia DLSS 3. Unlike DLSS 3, FSR 3 will work on the driver level supporting all DirectX (DX) 11 and DX12 games.
Nvidia DLSS 3 is limited to select games and it needs integration from game developers. In addition, gamers also needed a Nvidia GeForce RTX 40 series GPU for DLSS 3. On the other hand, FSR 3 does not require gamers to own the latest AMD Radeon RX 70 series GPU. Like FSR 2, FSR 3 will also work on Nvidia GPUs.
Coming back to the frame-generation solution on FSR 3, it uses super-resolution upscaling along with latency reduction with AMD Radeon Anti-lag+ technology. It currently has a few supported games with Forspoken and Immortals of Aveum to be one of the first titles to get the FSR 3 update. The company is calling this technology, “AMD fluid motion frames”.
It also shared some information about its one-click performance optimizer tool, HyperRX. According to AMD, HyperRX will roll-out in “early September ’23” with Fluid motion frames will come to HyperRX in “Q1’24”.
Our first release of HyperRX (without AMD fluid motion frames) is scheduled to launch in early September ’23 for RDNA3 graphics cards. AMD Fluid motion frames added into HyperRX is targeted for Q1’24.
— Frank Azor (@AzorFrank) August 26, 2023
All these announcements come just days after Nvidia announced its DLSS 3.5 upscaling technology at Gamescom 2023
FSR 3: Why it matters for Indian gamers?
As mentioned before, GPUs tend to be more expensive in India as compared to US, UK, and Europe. The inflated prices, coupled with the price-sensitive nature of the market result in gamers opting for mid-range, entry-level or one generation old GPUs. In addition, most gamers wait longer to upgrade to a newer generation of GPUs.
As noted above, AMD FSR 3 looks to offer substantial FPS gains to gamers across multiple GPU generations and even across companies (both AMD and Nvidia GPUs). In addition, it is not limited to select games as the feature will be added on the driver level. While AMD Fluid motion frames will be more limited, on-stage claims outline that it can increase average FPS by up to three times in games modern games like Forspoken.
According to AMD, FSR 3 and Frame generation will be available on “AMD Radeon RX 5700 and above” and “Nvidia GeForce RTX 20 series and above”. However, it does recommend RX 6000 and above and RTX 30 series and above for better performance.
Similarly, the non-frame generation FSR 3 version will be available for “Radeon RX 590 and above” and “GTX 10 Series and above”. For better performance, AMD recommends “RX 5000 series and above” and “RTX 20 series and above”. Even with recommended specifications, FSR 3 is available for GPUs that launched all the way back in 2016.
The wider availability of FSR 3 will ensure that Indian gamers can use the technology with their older GPUs for better performance in a much wider range of games.
AMD RX 7900 XTX: Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora GPU
AMD has also partnered with Massive Entertainment and Ubisoft to bring a new limited-edition RX 7900 XTX Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora GPU. This GPU features 24GB of GDDR6 memory but it will not be for sale. However, AMD says users can “hunt down the custom AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX through special promotions and giveaways running with AMD, Ubisoft and other partners in the weeks ahead.”
Delivering breathtaking 4k experiences from the landscapes of Pandora, meet the custom Avatar AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX.
— AMD Radeon (@amdradeon) August 25, 2023
While the GPU will feature a custom design, the highlight of this design is likely the thermal reactive paint. This effectively means that the GPU will change color as it heats up, and that will reveal Avatar-themed markings. GPUs tend to naturally heat up, so turning a physical inevitability into something cool is certainly impressive.
Radeon RX 7000 portfolio is now complete
Scott Herkleman, the Senior Vice President & General Manager Graphics Business Unit at AMD revealed that the RX 7000 RDNA3 portfolio is now complete with the addition of the Radeon RX 7800 XT and RX 7700 XT. He said that these two will be the last few products added in the RDNA3 lineup.
Herkleman said that while there may be different versions released in the future, there will not be any new ASIC (Application-Specific Integrated Circuit) for the RX 7000 GPU series. This still means that we may see new SKUs of RDNA 3 down the line based on existing ASICs including Navi 31, 32 and 33.