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Was the Radeon RX 7900 XTX supposed to be much better? Apparently, AMD released new 3D cards with a hardware problem

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A rather curious story is unfolding around the Radeon RX 7900 graphics cards after full reviews were published.

Was the Radeon RX 7900 XTX supposed to be much better?  Apparently, AMD released new 3D cards with a hardware problem

There is speculation, based on the Mesa 3D source code, that AMD has launched video cards based on the Navi 31 GPU with the A0 stepping. That is, the very first stepping, which under normal conditions does not enter the market, but is used for internal tests and architecture refinement. And the problem is not in the stepping itself, but in the fact that the GPU itself in this form allegedly has an inoperative shader prefetching technology. And this has a direct impact on performance.

Based on the available data, in the RDNA 2 architecture, disabling sampling leads to a performance degradation of only 5%, which is not critical. However, it is not clear how critical the performance degradation is in the case of RDNA 3.

The problem is that AMD simply cannot quickly fix the situation, update the stepping and release the next batch of cards with a normal GPU and increased performance. It will take at least a few months to work, and one can only guess how long to wait until such cards appear on the market. But against the backdrop of this situation, there was an assumption that in the Radeon RX 7950 XT the GPU will already be fixed, and such a card will not only be much faster than the RX 7900 XTX, but may actually be able to compete with the GeForce RTX 4090. In addition, the Navi GPU 32 will supposedly come out with a solved problem.

Guessing that something is wrong with AMD’s new products did not appear out of nowhere. Indeed, at first glance, everything is very good: the RX 7900 XTX is significantly cheaper than the GeForce RTX 4080, but even a little more productive. However, there are a number of nuances. Firstly, the results of the RX 7900 XTX do not match what AMD itself promised when comparing the new product with the RX 6950 XT. Recall that the company talked about an increase of 50-70%, indicating specific games. However, if you look at the real results, not always everything corresponds to the promises, although in some games everything is in order. Secondly, there are big problems with energy efficiency. It is approximately at the level of RDNA 2, but AMD promised a 50% improvement. And one could write everything off as a simple lie, but RDNA 2 at one time was indeed much more energy efficient than the first generation RDNA. Thirdly, AMD has repeatedly said that the new Navi 31 GPU is designed to operate at a frequency of about 3 GHz. As a result, the real frequencies are significantly lower. Moreover, many reviewers have recorded a huge spread in the frequency of the GPU in different games, which is not the case with other cards. As a result, it turns out that in some games, new Radeon products simply work far from their maximum capabilities.

There are also rough estimates regarding the cost of the Navi 31 GPU, with the conclusion that AMD is probably selling new video cards much cheaper than they should. Allegedly precisely because the actual performance is lower than predicted.

In general, the situation is quite strange and not yet fully clarified. Perhaps everything will become clear when cards on the Navi 32 GPU are released or already when the RX 7950 XT comes out on the updated Navi 31.

In any case, you should understand that these are all questions that do not affect the current situation, when the RX 7900 XTX is faster and cheaper than its main competitor.

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We waited two months and we will wait another two weeks. AMD told when it will release a new driver for Radeon RX 6000 and other cards (older)

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We waited two months and we will wait another two

AMD top manager Frank Azor, who is responsible for the direction of gaming solutions, promised users of 3D cards Radeon RX 6000 and older a new Adrenaline driver: it will appear within two weeks.

We waited two months and we will wait another two weeks.  AMD told when it will release a new driver for Radeon RX 6000 and other cards (older)

The situation, if not extraordinary, is rather strange: since the release of the Radeon RX 7000 line, the company has consistently updated the driver for them four times already, while for models based on the RDNA2 architecture (that is, the Radeon RX 6000) and older, not a single driver has been released.

We waited two months and we will wait another two weeks.  AMD told when it will release a new driver for Radeon RX 6000 and other cards (older)

In general, the company adheres to the strategy of releasing a unified Adrenaline driver for all models of its video cards (at least for those based on the RDNA3 and RDNA2 architectures), and Frank Azor once again confirmed this. But only recently the implementation of this strategy has stalled.

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The GeForce RTX 4060 Ti can be 20-25% faster than the RTX 3060 Ti. Tests of Nvidia adapter based on GPU AD106 appeared

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The GeForce RTX 4060 Ti can be 20 25 faster than

The first test results of an Nvidia video card based on the AD106 GPU in its full configuration have appeared on the Web.

The GeForce RTX 4060 Ti can be 20-25% faster than the RTX 3060 Ti.  Tests of Nvidia adapter based on GPU AD106 appeared

What this model will be called is still unclear, but based on early leaks, it could be the GeForce RTX 4060 Ti. True, those very leaks attributed to it a little less CUDA cores, that is, the GPU will be slightly cut.

So, the AD106 configuration allegedly includes 4608 CUDA cores. Also, the specified video card has 8 GB of memory and probably a 128-bit bus. Tests in AIDA64 are not related to reality, but the results in 3DMark are already more useful.

The GeForce RTX 4060 Ti can be 20-25% faster than the RTX 3060 Ti.  Tests of Nvidia adapter based on GPU AD106 appeared

The GeForce RTX 4060 Ti (let’s call it that for convenience) was compared with the RTX 3070 Ti and RTX 2080 Super. You can see that the new product, depending on the test, is either a little faster or a little slower than the RTX 3070 Ti. We can say that there is parity between the cards. At the same time, the TDP of the novelty is 180 W versus 290 W for the RTX 3070 Ti.

The GeForce RTX 4060 Ti can be 20-25% faster than the RTX 3060 Ti.  Tests of Nvidia adapter based on GPU AD106 appeared

According to the leaks, the RTX 4060 Ti will receive not 4608 CUDA cores, but 4352 cores, that is, about 5% less. Accordingly, the performance may be a little less, but here the situation will also depend on the frequencies. Either way, if the information is correct, the RTX 4060 Ti will be about 20-25% faster than the RTX 3060 Ti. However, at the same time, you need to understand that the new product can be more expensive, because so far in the RTX 40 line, this is exactly the situation relative to the RTX 30.

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Nvidia quietly released the most powerful version of the GeForce RTX 3060, but it only has 6 GB of memory

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Nvidia seems to have quietly released another version of the GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card. A version with the GA106 GPU in its full configuration has been added to the TechPowerUp database.

Nvidia quietly released the most powerful version of the GeForce RTX 3060, but it only has 6 GB of memory

That is, such an adapter has 3840 CUDA cores versus 3584 cores for the regular RTX 3060. By the way, the mobile RTX 3060 just has the same 3840 CUDA cores, but due to significantly lower frequencies, of course, it cannot compete with the desktop version.

The source says the new RTX 3060 is already in use in some off-the-shelf PCs from Asus, Dell, MSI and others. At the same time, such a card may not appear in retail.

Interestingly, the memory capacity of the new modification is only 6 GB, that is, half as much as the original card. As a reminder, there is also a retail RTX 3060 with 8 GB of memory and a 128-bit bus, which was introduced at the end of last year.

How critical 6 GB of memory will be for the RTX 3060 is difficult to say without tests, but the mobile versions have exactly this amount of memory.

The source suggests that the new version was released in order to get rid of the GA106 GPU stock faster.

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