Acer may be a relatively new entrant into the world of graphics card, but it's quickly expanding its offerings. Today, Acer is expanding its GPU lineup with four new Radeon-based graphics cards, including one based on AMD’s latest Radeon RX 7600 XT GPU.
The first new card is the Nitro AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT OC. AMD officially announced the RX 7600 XT earlier this morning, and it uses the same Navi 33 GPU leveraged in the Radeon RX 7600. The primary difference between the two is that the XT ups the boost clock to 2760 MHz (versus 2625 MHz) and doubles the amount of GDDR6 memory from 8GB to 16GB.
However, Acer specs its 7600 XT OC with a maximum game clock of 2,539 MHz, while the boost cranks to 2,810 MHz. The card is equipped with dual Nitro FrostBlade cooling fans with dual ball bearings, while the cooler includes a reinforced copper base plate that works in conjunction with the heat pipes to dissipate heat. The 2.5-slot card features one HDMI 2.1 port and three DisplayPort 2.1 connectors.
Moving up the range, we have the Nitro Radeon RX 7700 XT OC (12GB), with game/boost clocks of 2,276 MHz and 2,599 MHz, respectively. Likewise, the Nitro Radeon RX 7800 XT OC (16GB) has a game clock of 2,254 MHz and a boost clock of 2,565 MHz. Both graphics cards use the Navi 32 GPU, with the 7600 XT featuring 54 SMs and 3,456 GPU cores versus 60 and 3,849 for the 7800 XT.
Acer’s Nitro Radeon RX 7700 XT and 7800 XT share the same board design. You’ll find a monochromatic shroud surrounding two Nitro FrostBlade fans. Like the Nitro 7600 XT OC, these cards feature a 2.5-slot design with one HDMI 2.1 port and three DisplayPort 2.1 connectors.
Finally, we come to the flagship of the family: the Predator Radeon RX 7800 XT OC. It has the same Navi 32 GPU as the Nitro version of the card and even has the same game and boost clocks. However, Acer made some notable upgrades to the cooling system with triple Predator FrostBlade 3.0 fans, which feature textured blades to better channel airflow. The fans are used in conjunction with a vapor chamber to keep heat levels in check and minimize GPU throttling. The more robust cooling system means the Predator Radeon RX 7800 XT OC features a 3-slot design.
All four of Acer’s new Radeon RX 7000-Series cards will launch in February. The company hasn’t announced pricing for the Nitro Radeon RX 7600 XT OC, but AMD says that OEM cards will retail for as low as $329. The Nitro Radeon RX 7700 XT OC and 7800 XT OC will debut at $459.99 and $509.99, respectively. Finally, the Predator BiFrost Radeon RX 7800 XT OC will be priced at $549.99.
At this time, we don’t have any information on whether Acer has plans to eventually supplant the Predator BiFrost Radeon RX 7800 XT OC as the flagship of the family with new offerings based on the Radeon RX 7900 XT and RX 7900 XTX.
Acer launched its foray into the graphics cards market with Arc-based graphics cards in September 2022. At the time, the company debuted Predator BiFrost cards based on Intel’s flagship Arc A770 GPU. The company later launched cards based on the Arc A550 and even embraced AMD’s Radeon RX 7600 GPU.
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Hm... I wonder if they'll get into a Trademark bout with Sapphire over the use of "Nitro".Reply
That's a great question. Acer's Nitro branding has largely been used with their monitors so there was little possibility of confusion. Now that Acer has started making graphics cards with that same branding it can cause confusion between Sapphire's products and Acer's products because its within the same category of product. Only time will tell. I would assume Sapphire would have the edge if litigation should occur because I believe their Nitro branding came first with regards to graphics cards and in general. Sapphire is also mainly known for their graphics cards where as Acer is a new player in the graphics cards segment.-Fran- said:Hm... I wonder if they'll get into a Trademark bout with Sapphire over the use of "Nitro".
Huh. The Nitro RX 7600XT looks like it might actually be a true 2-slot design that ALSO doesn't stick too far up beyond the PCIe bracket. I know that larger fans allow for more airflow at lower volume, but I'm not a fan of these plastic extensions that stick way beyond the actual edge of the card, some of which barely even house fins.Reply
More interesting is that when looking up RX 7600 sizes I came across a "Predator BiFrost RX 7600 OC" that has what appears to be a similar cooler to the Acer Arc A750. I know blower style coolers aren't popular anymore, but I've always liked the way they dump heat outside the case and that I can install something like a wifi card or a NIC immediately below my GPU without blocking the fans, and if they do a RX 7600XT with that cooler (or even the A770 version!) that could be kinda cool.
The 7700XT and up don't look like they really bring anything new to the party in terms of size or price or performance, though.