As we get closer and closer to the reveals of next-gen graphics cards from Nvidia and AMD, rumors have been aplenty online. One of the biggest and most controversial rumors though is the idea that next-gen GPUs will have significantly higher power draws, and AMD recently nigh but confirmed their RX 7000 graphics cards will likely have higher power draws…
Speaking in a recent interview the Senior Vice President at AMD, Sam Naffziger, said that “the demand for gaming and compute performance is, if anything, just accelerating,” however, the technology powering it is slowing down in terms of improvement rate, and so “the power levels are just going to keep going up.”
But it’s the next part that is really interesting for those excited for the RX 7000 series GPUs: “performance is king,” Naffziger added. “but even if our designs are more power-efficient, that doesn't mean you don't push power levels up if the competition is doing the same thing. It's just that they'll have to push them a lot higher than we will.”
It’s not an exact confirmation, but with the rumors that Nvidia’s RTX 40 series coil reach power limits of 600W-850W, it seems that AMD is willing to up their power draws as well. But their last sentence also indicates that AMD believes their graphics cards are more power efficient than Nvidia: “they'll have to push them a lot higher than we will.”
AMD also recently stated that the RX 7000 series would have up to a 50% performance per watt increase over the RX 6000 series. So, theoretically then, we could see a potential RX 7900 XT reaching double the performance of an RX 6900 XT. Considering the latter is currently rated at 300W, and the next generation will likely have higher TDPs, anywhere between 50%-100% extra performance is more than likely, depending on the card.
It could be that Nvidia will still want to take the ‘fastest gaming GPU’ crown and ramp up their flagship cards beyond 450W, and knowing what AMD just said about their efficiency, 450W could be their maximum target. But we’ll never know for sure until AMD finally reveals the RX 7000 series in a few months time.
What do you think? Are you excited for the RX 7000 series? How do you feel about increased power draws? Will you have to buy a new PSU to accommodate it? And how much higher do you think the TDPs will be for Nvidia and AMD? Let us know!