AMD RDNA 3 Release Date, Price, And Specs

What is AMD RDNA 3 and what is the release date? How does it compare to the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4000 series? Find out in this up-to-date guide.

2020 was an exciting time in both the PC and console worlds. We saw brand-new CPU and GPU releases from AMD and NVIDIA, but we also got the long-awaited next-gen consoles from Xbox and Sony.

These releases enjoyed significant performance improvements from their predecessors, generally thanks to the transition to a smaller (7nm) fabrication process from TSMC and Samsung.

TSMC already has a 5nm process in the works, and AMD bases its RDNA 3 and Zen 4 architecture on that. So, the expectations for performance improvements are high!

Let’s see what RDNA 3 GPUs will offer!

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Updates +

  • November 29, 2022: Added more information on AMD’s new Hypr-RX feature.
  • November 11, 2022: Short update on RDNA 3 and added some news about the RTX 4080.
  • November 3, 2022: Added news on specifications, features, performance, and benchmarks from AMD’s announcement event.
  • October 31, 2022: Added AMD event information.
  • October 25, 2022: Added information on potentially new SKU, RX 7900 XTX.
  • October 5, 2022: Changed featured image with RX 7000 design, added new specifications, new price estimates, and more.
  • September 22, 2022: Added official release date information.
  • September 19, 2022: Added new images and new power consumption-related information.
  • August 24, 2022: Updated specifications on all SKUs.
  • August 4, 2022: Added new SKU to the table, replaced outdated specifications and more.
  • July 12, 2022: Replaced some outdated information under the “Architecture” segment.
  • July 5, 2022: Added rumors on possible AI acceleration cores on RDNA 3 architecture.
  • June 28, 2022: Added new power-related information and reworked some parts of the article.
  • June 15, 2022: Added more specifications, release date rumors, and removed outdated information.
  • June 3, 2022: Made a few grammar fixes.
  • May 26, 2022: Added a rumor that RDNA3 will have Display Port 2.0.
  • May 19, 2022: Another round of big changes to the article based on the news that Navi 31 will have a single GCD.
  • May 11, 2022: Added information on refreshed RDNA 2 and RDNA 3 in Phoenix APUs.
  • May 4, 2022: Revamped entire article in accordance with new specification information on RDNA 3, added new performance leaks, videos, and more.
  • April 22, 2022: Added some release date leaks.
  • April 12, 2022: Added more information on RX 7700 XT.
  • March 30, 2022: Grammar fixes.
  • March 24, 2022: Added RX 7700XT, RX 7900XT and Ada Lovelace performance leaks/guesses.
  • March 15, 2022: Added more release date information.
  • March 01, 2022: Small updates, nothing significant.
  • February 20, 2022: Writing fixes.
  • February 9, 2022: Added Lisa Su’s reconfirmation on RDNA 3’s release date and that AMD will secure a lot more GPU supply for 2022.
  • January 31, 2022: Revamped some sentences throughout the article for improved readability.
  • January 25, 2022: Added leak on potential Navi 21/22 GPUs as a stop-gap for RX 7000.
  • January 13, 2022: Added new information from CES.
  • December 22, 2021: Updated specifications on Navi 31, 32, and 33 based on greymon55’s latest leak.
  • December 14, 2021: Added information about new Accelerator Processor Die.
  • December 6, 2021: General update, no new information.
  • November 29, 2021: Reworked price estimates.
  • November 22, 2021: Rephrased several sentences.
  • November 15, 2021: Added new information on RDNA 3’s release date and modified text for improved readability.
  • November 12, 2021: Improved specifications table layout for better user experience.
  • November 8, 2021: Added rumor about 3D stacked Infinite Cache.
  • November 3, 2021: Added information about RDNA 3’s tape-out.
  • October 28, 2021: Fixed a few grammar errors.
  • October 18, 2021: Added rumors about the PS5 Pro and the possibility of it using RDNA 3.
  • October 12, 2021: Changed wording for improved readability.
  • October 4, 2021: Added new changes regarding the core count of Navi 33.
  • September 27, 2021: Made a few changes, mostly fixed some grammatical errors.
  • September 20, 2021: Added rumors regarding the potential performance.
  • September 13, 2021: Added more release date information.
  • September 2, 2021: Added a table explaining the possible SKU lineup of RX 7000 and a new specification table of Navi 31, 32, 33 and 21.
  • August 18, 2021: Added new specification leaks and a block diagram detailing the Navi 33 chip.
  • July 28, 2021: Added some new leaks and removed some old ones to support AMD’s drop of Compute Units and the switch to Work Group Processors.
  • June 23, 2021: Added more info on the release date and possible Zen3+ stop-gap solution.
  • May 10, 2021: Added information on the potential performance of RDNA 3 GPUs based on a popular leaker KittyYYuko.
  • April 6, 2021: Added official information claiming a 50% increase in efficiency.

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Release Date

AMD Radeon RX 7000 GPU teaser
Image Source: Wccftech

AMD announced its two new flagship GPUs, the RX 7900 XTX and RX 7900 XT on November 3, 2022, during the together we advance_gaming event. These GPUs will release and become available for purchase on December 13, 2022.

Other GPUs in the lineup are still not announced and have no release date.

NVIDIA’s contenders, the RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 are already available for purchase if you don’t feel like waiting on AMD. But, both of those GPUs come at a very high cost (over $1000), so we suggest waiting for the mid-range RTX 4000 cards.

If RDNA 3 and RTX 4000 do not satisfy your performance needs, consideri holding out for AMD’s XDNA SoC.

Next gen AMD

Price

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During the announcement event, AMD also revealed pricing.

Here are the announced prices:

  • Radeon RX 7900 XTX – $999
  • Radeon RX 7900 XT– $899

Considering that NVIDIA’s new flagship is $1599 and the RTX 4080 is $1199, AMD’s prices seem considerably more attractive.

What’s left to see is how the performance will fare against NVIDIA. But, for $600 less, big performance gaps can be justified.

Since the rest of the lineup didn’t get any announcements or price tags, here are our estimates based on leaks/rumors:

  • Radeon RX 7800/XT – $699
  • Radeon RX 7700/XT – $599
  • Radeon RX 7600 – $350
  • Radeon RX 7500 – $250

Architecture

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Navi 3 or RDNA 3 GPUs have a chiplet design. The first ever gaming GPUs to have multiple chiplets fused into one. We’ve seen this same approach in AMD’s Ryzen processors which brought a lot of success to the company over the years.

The Navi 31 die has 1 GCD (Graphics Complex Die) graphics paired with 6 MCD (Multi-cache Die) which sums up to 96 CUs.

Next-generation ray tracing accelerators are also added to the chip, so better ray tracing is expected this time around.

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Thanks to those MCDs and second-generation Infinity Cache, AMD managed to boost the GPU’s peak bandwidth by 2.7X (up to 5.3 TB/s.)

This new multi-die setup (and 5nm process node) allowed AMD to cram 165% more transistors-per-mm2.

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Specifications

A new generation of the RDNA architecture on a 5nm fabrication process (from TSMC) sounds promising.

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But will switching to a 5nm process node hurt GPU supply? Well, here’s what Lisa Su had to say about that:

We’ve been working on the supply chain really for the last four or five quarters, knowing the growth that we have from a product standpoint and the visibility that we have from customers. So in regards to [the] 2022 supply environment, we’ve made significant investments in wafer capacity, as well as substrate capacity and back-end capacity.

AMD CEO, Lisa Su – Q1 2022 AMD Earnings Call

Hopefully, we’ll see a proper supply of GPUs throughout 2022 and 2023.

Here’s a table of rumored specifications:

 Navi 21Navi 31 Navi 31 Navi 32 (RX 7800 XT?)Navi 33 (RX 7600 XT?)
SKU Name6950 XT RX 7900 XTXRX 7900 XTRX 7800 XTRX 7600 XT
Node7nm5nm + 6nm5nm + 6nm5nm + 6nm6nm
ChipletsOne –
Monolithic
1 GCD + 6 MCD1 GCD + 6 MCDs1 GCD + 4 MCDs1 GCD - Monolithic
Compute Units80CUs96CUs84CUs??
Boost Frequency2310 MHz2500 MHz2500 MHz??
Game Frequency2100 MHz2300 MHz2300 MHz??
Memory16 GDDR624GB GDDR620GB GDDR616GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6
Memory Bandwidth576 GB/s960 GB/s800 GB/s576 GB/s288 GB/s
Memory Bus256-bit384-bit320-bit256-bit128-bit
Infinity Cache128 MB?96 MB64 MB32 MB
TDP335W355W300W??
Release DateMay 10, 2022December 13, 2022December 13, 20221H 2023?1H 2023?

During AMD’s event, Lisa Su announced the new RX 7000 GPUs, shared information on their performance and specifications.

Let’s see what AMD previewed!

Lisa Su first announced two GPUs on the Navi 31 die, the Radeon RX 7900 XTX, and Radeon RX 7900 XT.

The RX 7900 XTX is AMD’s flagship so it will have the full 96 CUs, a game clock frequency of 2.3 GHz, 24GB GDDR6, and all of that at a total board power of 355W.

That’s a 15% increase in frequency over the RX 6950XT and a 20% increase in CUs (Compute Units.)

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The flagship’s little brother, the RX 7900 XT is cut down to 84 CUs, 2 GHz game clock, 20GB GDDR6 VRAM, and maxed out power draw at 300W.

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Another addition to the RDNA 3 lineup will be DisplayPort 2.1. With DP 2.1, users can get 8K@165Hz and 4K@480Hz. NVIDIA’s flagship RTX 4090 is still stuck with DP 1.4a which is limited to 8K@60Hz or 4K@120Hz.

Now, finally, let’s look at some performance!

Performance

AMD shared some benchmarks/slides with performance, but don’t take these for granted. Always wait for third-party benchmarks to see the true performance of these types of products.

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At 4K native, compared to the RX 6950 XT, the RX 7900 XTX can output up to 1.7X better performance. That’s a considerable leap in generational performance without any upscaling technology.

Ray tracing performance also sees up to 1.6x more FPS in Doom Eternal. NVIDIA is the leader in RT performance for a couple of years now, so we’re excited to see AMD finally delivering something competitive in this sector.

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AMD also advertises the possibility of playing 8K games at a high refresh rate while using the RX 7900 XTX and FSR.

And, above 60FPS performance at 4K with ray tracing enabled.

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For now, that’s all the performance numbers we get, so make sure to come back to this article once the RX 7000 series releases to see exactly how well the GPUs will perform!

Efficiency And Power Draw

It’s exhilarating once we consider the potential performance and efficiency improvement of RDNA 3 over RDNA 2. Take the performance per watt increase between AMD’s old GCN architecture and RDNA 1 as an example.

Then, we saw another monumental 50% performance-per-watt leap from RDNA 1 to RDNA 2.

With RDNA 3, AMD surpassed its goal and achieved 54% better performance-per-watt compared to RDNA 2.

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There were a lot of rumors circulating that AMD will follow in NVIDIA’s foosteps and push their power draw over 400W, but, fortunately for us, that does not seem to be the case.

The RX 7900 XTX is limited to 355W total board power and will not need any kind of proprietary connector/adapter like NVIDIA’s RTX 4090.

To further decrease power draw AMD decouples clocks in different parts of the GPU die. This allows front-end clocks to run at higher 2.5 GHz frequencies while shaders are running at 2.3 GHz which ultimately leads to up to 25% power savings.

Features

With RDNA 3 we are also getting a couple of new and updated technologies. Most notable are FSR 3.0 and Hypr-RX.

FSR 3.0

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Supposedly, it can deliver up to two times more FPS compared to FSR 2. It won’t release until 2023 though. That’s all the information we got for now.

Of course, Radeon Super Resolution will also be available for RX 7000 users.

Now, this is where things get interesting.

Hypr-RX

AMD also announced a new technology named “Hypr-RX” which should also release in the first half of 2023. Hypr-RX should improve FPS and lower latency by a considerable amount.

AMD hyper RX feature

When AMD first announced Hypr-RX, it seemed as though it was a brand new way to boost FPS, and we hoped it would be something similar to NVIDIA’s DLSS 3/Frame Generation.

However, it turns out that Hypr-RX is a feature that enables Radeon Super Resolution, Radeon Boost, and Radeon Anti-Lag with a single push of a button.

All of these features that are enabled with Hypr-RX are already part of Radeon Software, and you can enable them individually at any time.

Still, Hypr-RX will boost your FPS, so we can appreciate this kind of quality-of-life addition.

AMD Hypr RX performance vs Native

AMD claims that enabling Hypr-RX can boost performance by up to 85% in Dying Light 2.

Encoding And Decoding

With a new media engine, AMD has also improved media encoding, decoding, and stream transcoding, which has been a serious problem for AMD GPUs for years. NVIDIA’s NVENC was miles ahead.

With AV1 coding, quality of videos and streams should improve considerably and may even be better than NVENC.

Furthermore, AMD announces SmartAccess Video, which can be used to pair Ryzen and Radeon together for a 30% uplift in 4K multi-stream transcoding. This will probably introduce more uplifts in other similar workloads.

RDNA 3 In APUs And Mobile CPUs

RDNA 3 will also be added to future Zen 4 (Phoenix) APUs, which will have performance comparable to an RTX 3060M, according to greymon55.

Supposedly, the RDNA 3 GPU in these APUs can have up to 6 WGPs with 1,536 stream processors. With a high enough clock speed (~3 GHz), it will definitely be the fastest iGPU ever created.

We imagine that future ultra-light laptops might be capable of high-end gaming thanks to AMD’s Ryzen 7000 APUs.

For more specification-related information, check the Specifications Rumors heading.

We’ll make sure to share any future changes in specifications, prices, or release dates with you here!

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