AMD Radeon RX 7900 GRE Launches at $649

Radeon RX 7900 GRE
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Recent rumors about a new AMD Radeon 7000 series GPU were correct. AMD launched the Radeon RX 7900 GRE graphics card at the ChinaJoy expo earlier today. Contrary to some talk that the new 'Golden Rabbit Edition' might be a China exclusive, it looks like this 16GB RDNA 3 GPU will be offered worldwide. Moreover, an AMD slide included USD pricing, so we know you should be able to grab one of these GPUs for about $649 shortly.

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AMD aims the new Radeon RX 7900 GRE at 1440p resolution in "today's and tomorrow's games at maximum settings." The product pages and slides shared at ChinaJoy are designed to back up this assertion. For example, it says demanding titles like Cyberpunk 2077, Forspoken (with Raytracing) and Deadspace (with Raytracing) can all run at an average of 72fps or better with max settings at the 1440p resolution.

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In its promotional slides, AMD painted the Radeon RX 7900 GRE as the successor to the RX 6800 XT. A gen-to-gen comparison is provided in the slide below.

Radeon RX 7900 GRE

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It is an interesting comparison, and if you haven't noticed it yet, the new GPU is a little more cut down than the rumors suggested. The critical difference between the pre-launch rumor and actuality is that the AMD Radeon RX 7900 GRE has 80 CUs for 5120 SPs. Rumorville has indicated that 5376 SPs would be present, just like with the RX 7900 XT. AMD seems to have sought to establish a more evident difference between the pair. Check out the chart below for a comparative grasp of the newest RX 7900 variant next to its two siblings. Other cuts to the GRE are made in the memory section and the cache.

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AMD Radeon RX 7900 family GPU Specifications
Graphics CardRX 7900 XTXRX 7900 XTRX 7900 GRE
ArchitectureNavi 31Navi 31Navi 31
CUs / SMs968480
GPU Shaders614453765120
Ray Tracing Units968480
Boost Clock (MHz)250024002245
VRAM Speed (Gbps)202018
VRAM (GB)242016
VRAM Bus Width384320256
L2 Cache968064
Bandwidth (GBps)960800576
TBP (watts)355315260
Launch DateDec-22Dec-22July-23
Launch Price$999 $899 $649

With the China-based launch, you might not be surprised that Chinese tech media have been the first to get their hands on the AMD Radeon RX 7900 GRE. You can nose through Chinese language reviews on sites like EXPReview today, but your browser translator probably won't translate the graphics and charts. If you check carefully, these third-party results will be an interesting counterpoint to AMD's in-house testing figures. Before purchasing, waiting for a review here or on another site you trust is probably best. One thing that is quickly evident through the tests is that the RX 7900 GRE outperforms the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070, though it is about $50 more expensive.

While we wait for some more upper-midrange cards from AMD, like the Radeon RX 7700 and RX 7800, getting another RX 7900 family member is welcome today. AMD is effectively filling a gap with the Radeon RX 7900 GRE release, which helps us gauge what it might be thinking with the Radeon RX 7700 and RX 7800 models. Just over a week ago, we heard that the Radeon RX 7700 and RX 7800 may be priced at $449 and $549, respectively. That seems to work with the new GRE at its $649 price point. Which, if any of these, will earn a place in our definitive Best Graphics Cards for Gaming in 2023 roundup? We shall have to wait and see.

Partner Product Pages Start to Go Live

You may have spied PowerColor and Sapphire (and XFX) reps on stage with AMD at ChinaJoy. As we were writing, pages for partner designs are now active.

Specifically, PowerColor's Red Devil AMD Radeon RX 7900 GRE 16GB GDDR6 is now on-site. PowerColor says this triple 100mm fan design features a septet of 6mm heat pipes, a large copper base, and an 11+2+1 phase power supply design for smooth running. Other niceties of the Red Devil include its reinforced metal backplate, dual-BIOS, and quality PCB. RGB lighting is present too.

VideoCardz also spotted a Sapphire listing now on Chinese retailer JD.com. You can see an image of the Nitro+ SKU and its key specs in the gallery above. China prices aren't usually closely related to US prices, and let's hope so, as the Sapphire is listed at 5,499 RMB (~$770) at the time of writing.

Mark Tyson
Freelance News Writer

Mark Tyson is a Freelance News Writer at Tom's Hardware US. He enjoys covering the full breadth of PC tech; from business and semiconductor design to products approaching the edge of reason.

  • NeoMorpheus
    I love AMD but their marketing dept simply sucks.

    Whoever is deciding these names, releases and prices is beyond insane.

    Wasting opportunities after opportunities.
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  • SLCPUNK
    The 7900 GRE seems to be noticeably faster than a 4070 in rasterization and about on par with it for raytracing and the GRE comes with 33% more RAM for $50 more. If the price drops down to $549 it'd be a solid deal in my mind.
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  • daworstplaya
    NeoMorpheus said:
    I love AMD but their marketing dept simply sucks.

    Whoever is deciding these names, releases and prices is beyond insane.

    Wasting opportunities after opportunities.
    Right?
    JFC! AMD with their terrible naming, would it kill them to call the cards RX 7900xt, RX 7900 and RX7800xt?
    Instead we're looking a 3 versions of 7900s with greatly varying performance. So stupid.
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  • PEnns
    NeoMorpheus said:
    I love AMD but their marketing dept simply sucks.

    Whoever is deciding these names, releases and prices is beyond insane.

    Wasting opportunities after opportunities.
    I am beginning to think AMD's PR Dept. has a a mole working for nGreedia to undrmnine AMD...and it's working brilliantly so far!!

    How else can one explain this craziness!!
    Reply
  • cknobman
    Too cut down for the price.
    $599 and it might be a buy.
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  • tennis2
    Golden Rabbit Edition......? oy vey
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  • Eximo
    Perhaps in Chinese it is a pun or something?

    I know they love using Golden in a lot of company names. I think it is meant to invoke Yellow, the color of royalty.
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  • oofdragon
    But.. the 7900XT is really close.to $700 now, why would anyone.....?

    Also, "7900GRE?" It's just like the "4080 12GB" stunt. Can't even side with AMD on this one. Hope this flops
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  • oofdragon
    From what I can tell it's a 4070Ti/6950XT lvl card.. it's a solid buy at $599 with 16GB, I mean anyone can get the 6950XT for that already so.

    Now my question is.. if this "7900GRE" is at 6950XT lvl.. and not so far off a 4070... then the 7800XT will be competing against what exactly? AMD did such a mess with names this gen I really can't understand.

    I decided to call those cards for what they really are on my expectations.. the "7900XTX" is IMO the 7800XT, the "7900XT" is the 7800, and now this "7900GRE" is the 7700XT lol.
    It's right there up against the "4070Ti" which is IMO the real 4070, losing to it just like the 3070 won against the 6700XT last gen.

    The "RTX 4070 12GB" IMO should have been the 4060 12GB and apparently the card that will compete against it will be the "7800XT" then? Whatever they name it I will call it the 7600XT. So there you have it..

    4070 12GB($600)/7900 16GB($600)
    4070Ti12GB($800)/7900 20GB($700)
    4080 16GB($1100)/7900 24GB($900)

    Looking at this "graph".. I really think this 7900GRE should have been the 6800XT 16GB at $500.. but oh well.. it will get there eventually
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  • redwolf44
    Golden Rabbit Edition sounds like a name they pulled out of a hat. All jokes aside, why not name it the 7800 XT when it's positioned as a clear successor to the 6800 XT?
    Reply