Is the 7900 XTX worth it?

We consider the key factors to properly weigh AMD's new flagship GPU

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Yes, the RX 7900 XTX is worth it, as a GPU capable of delivering the best top-tier performance in the market right now. Whether it’s 4K gaming or demanding content creation, the $999 GPU is worth every penny.

AMD decided to work smart and announced this GPU alongside the 7900 XT, and will not compete with Nvidia 4090 but with the RTX 4080 instead.

That decision gave Team Red more space to brag about their performance without any fear of lagging behind the almighty 4090. In this article, we’ll pinpoint some aspects that show how much the 7900 XTX is worth compared to its counterpart, the RTX 4080.

RX 7900 XTX Price

The RX 7900 XTX was released with an MSRP of $999 while the RTX 4080 was released at a price of $1,199, an extra $200 that doesn’t really mirror the GPU behavior. Although it’s known AMD is prone to giving the public better prices, this battle should have been more close and Nvidia’s GPU should really have been cheaper considering the competition.

Beyond the MSRP, let’s stick with retailers’ prices. The lowest price we could find for the RTX 4080 on Newegg was $1,499 while the highest was around $1,937 for an Asus 4080 card. On the other side, the AMD 7900 XTX hasn’t changed pricing too much, and is still sold at around $999 – although, we did find a higher price at over $1,199.

RX 7900 XTX performance

According to AMD’s official statement, the RX 7900 XTX is 1.7 times faster than its previous iteration the 6950 XT (at 4K resolution). This is thanks to the changes in architecture AMD aimed for in the new series. The 7900 XTX uses chiplet technology instead of monolithic, which allows for a separation of GCD (graphics chiplet die) and MCD (memory chiplet die).

In widely available benchmarks, we can see the 7900 XTX constantly outperforms the competition, the RTX 4080, in the vast majority of video games, both in 4k and 1440p.

Yes, it’s still true that there are some cases where the 4080 works better than the 7900 XTX. But the RTX 4080 has the advantage of top-notch DLSS and ray tracing technology, so when a game is well-optimized for that technology the GPU will work perfectly.

That’s not a given though, and it’s certainly not the case that you need DLSS and Ray Tracing to enjoy games in great resolutions and a good rate of frames per second.

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In conclusion, the RX 7900 XTX is a perfect GPU for every task. Whether gaming or content creation, whatever you can currently put in front of it it’s likely to excel.

If you’re looking for a great-priced, high-performance, and reliable GPU, and spending $1k on a graphics card is within your budget, then the RX 7900 XTX is certainly one to go with.