RX 7700 XT reportedly faster than RX 6900 XT in ray tracing and rasterized performance

Written by Stuart Thomas on Mon, Apr 11, 2022 4:26 PM

And so it begins. As we approach the Summer of 2022, both Nvidia and AMD are also gearing up to announce their next generation of graphics cards shortly after. We’ve heard a few rumors here and there about performance and specs, but this latest report could spell great things for fans of the Red Team.

According to the report, AMD’s RX 7700 XT could be equal to the performance of an RX 6900 XT in rasterized graphics, and even faster with ray tracing. It comes with a few caveats but so far those leaks of a massive jump in performance for next-gen GPUs are looking more and more likely.

GPU Package Cores Bus Width Memory Infinity Cache (MB) TBP
Navi 21 (RX 6900 XT) Monolithic 5120 256-bit 16GB GDDR6 128 330W
Navi 33 (RX 7700 XT)* 128-bit 8GB GDDR6 128-256 200W
Navi 32 (RX 7800 XT)* MCM 10240 192-bit ?GB GDDR6 384 300W
Navi 31 (RX 7900 XT)* 15360 256-bit ?GB GDDR6 512 400W

*All specifications are speculative based on preliminary reports.

The RX 7700 XT will reportedly have 8GB of GDDR6 memory, which may be a little low for some in 2022 but should allow for better availability as well as lower power consumption at a $400-$500 price range. Compared to the reported power draw of Nvidia’s upcoming RTX 40 series, the RX 7700 XT comes in at an astonishingly low 200W TBP, apparently.

Additionally, AMD is working on multi-chiplet (MCM) designs for their new GPUs, which will come with dramatically increased core counts on the RX 7000 series. According to the same report, the RX 7700 XT will feature 5120 cores (same as the RX 6900 XT), whilst higher models will have 10240 and 15360 cores.

Obviously take all this information with a grain of salt, but with more and more leaks coming out from respectable insiders, the patterns are beginning to show. We’ll have to wait and see exactly what AMD and Nvidia are cooking up when they’re ready to announce them, but for those who were excited for an even bigger leap in performance over the last generation: 2022 might be your year.

What do you think? Are you excited for the RX 7000 and RTX 40 series? How do you feel about the reported specs and performance of the RX 7700 XT? Do they sound accurate? Or too wild to be true? How do you feel about the price range and power consumption? And the comparisons to higher models and the previous generation? Let us know your thoughts!

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04:14 Apr-12-2022

I wanna ask. Do all games require 8GB of VRAM or more?

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04:55 Apr-12-2022

Are you trying to somewhat future proof your gaming experience and going on the highest settings with 2k-4K textures? If not, the short answer is no. Just look at minimum requirements in games now.


Edit: Scratch that…look at the recommended requirements of games now.

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09:00 Apr-13-2022

For 1080p 8GB will be plenty for a long time, for 1440p 8GB will be good until at least the generation after the 7000 series, at 4k it's kinda pushing it already in the most demanding 4-5 games.

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16:09 Apr-13-2022

i dunno about 8GB at 1440p, i have a friend with a 3070 who is hitting that buffer and getting underwhelming performance in some current games. if your one for maxing out setting at 1440p i'd say 10gb is a requirement if you want more than a year or 2 out of your GPU. to be honest i was disappointed the 3070 wasn't 12gb, 3080 16gb and 3090 24gb or more.

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08:59 Apr-14-2022

At 1440p the RTX 3070 and RTX 3070Ti still beats the RX 6700XT and the gap at 1440p is wider than at 1080p.(The gap isn't big, but still, it widens with the increase in resolution) and it widens again at 4k. This is why bandwidth matters more than VRAM as long as you have a decent amount of VRAM.


Hardware Unboxed did a RX 6700XT 12GB vs RTX 3070 8GB and at 1080p the RTX 3070 is 11% faster, at 1440p it's 13% faster and at 4k it's 19% faster than the rx 6700XT


Another thing to keep in mind is that DX12 and Vulkan titles buffer VRAM. Nicolas11x12 made a video showing actual VRAM usage and it's usually much lower than what is buffered(what regular software shows as usage).

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10:38 Apr-14-2022

@Rattlehead999, sure the 3070 out performs a 6700xt. but I'm pretty sure even if a (hypothetical)12GB 3070 didn't out perform a 8GB 3070 I'm pretty sure it would have a much longer lifespan before you would consider an upgrade. so I still stand by the idea of 8GB not being enough for a decent (4Yr+) life cycle of a card for 1440p and a 3080 12gb being a sourly better choice. I say sourly because I would have loved a 12gb 3070

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15:08 Apr-14-2022

That's what people always say about high VRAM GPUs and it hasn't been true so far. Get a 6GB HD7970 it will last longer they said, it didn't. Get a 4GB R9 380/gtx960 they said it will last longer. it didn't. Get a 4GB RX 460 it will last longer, it didn't. Get an 8GB RX 470/480 it will last longer they said, it didn't. I'm sure there are some exceptions here and there, maybe some memory leaks or something, but for the overwhelming, vast majority of the games that never helped.


If anything it's the bandwidth that is never enough, not capacity. That's why the RX 6X50XT cards are coming with the very expensive 18gbps GDDR6 memory as their only upgrade.


And why AMD for generations had 384-512bit bus widths.

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15:01 Apr-13-2022

If this GPU ends being a $499 then it's plenty enough for 2K/144 gaming experience, 8GB may seem not enough for 4K but that's entirely up to you personally and most of us don't own a 4K/144 displays yet.

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18:48 Apr-11-2022

Plot Twist: 7700 XT to cost as much as the last gen 6900 XT

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19:10 Apr-11-2022

No way, just the 8GB lower amount of VRAM means that it costs 120$ lower in MSRP than the RX6800XT. They'd be insane if they ask the same as an RX6800XT, let alone 6900XT.

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22:11 Apr-11-2022

If 7000 series is chiplet based like ryzen (multiple smaller dies on one gpu), it means they can have many more smaller dies per wafer made without defects vs larger ones. (less waste, ie cheaper)

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11:08 Apr-12-2022

If the RX7700XT is monolithic that means that there are 5120SPs per Module/Chiplet.

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22:07 Apr-12-2022

looks that way :) should be interesting to see how good the performance scaling is as you add more chiplets! could we even see a 4 chiplet 7990???

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08:41 Apr-13-2022

As long as they can cool the GPU then we can get a 4x Chiplet/Module, but I personally have no interest in GPUs above 200W(maybe 250W tops) as they become impractical, especially when I want my next PC to be small form factor. Then comes the price, which will be insanely high for 4x chiplets, and also a great way to have a GPU shortage is to use tons of chiplets per card.


Plus if my PC needs a 1200-1500W PSU, that means that the heat being dissipated would be on par with a blower heater...

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17:24 Apr-11-2022

At this point nothing excites me until I see a price tag. Lately this has become like being excited for the latest Ferrari. "Oh yeah, cool. That's pretty sweet" *drives away in 2014 VW Golf*

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17:45 Apr-11-2022

Don't expect them to be cheap. If they use "6nm" that 7700XT is going to be a very big chip. At 5nm it might be cheaper.


I hope the RX 7600XT is as good as or better than the RX 6700XT for a fair price.

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16:53 Apr-11-2022

I sure hope its faster, lol

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16:45 Apr-11-2022

So if the RX7700XT is monolithic, that means that there are up to 5120 Stream Processors(80CUs) per Chiplet?


Also, if true, that 128-bit bus is scarily small, I hope the delta color compression, L3 cache, and architecture improvements compensate for it, coupled with some insanely fast GDDR6.

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