AMD’s subsequent graphics playing cards must be touchdown in our laps someday in September, in accordance with new rumours, however simply how excited you may be about that will depend on how a lot inventory you set into lately leaked 3DMark efficiency numbers.

Y’see, comparatively dependable twitter leaker All The Watts (through Appuals) has posted a screenshot purporting to indicate the efficiency of the Radeon RX 7800 working 3DMark Time Spy. And it is slower than the Radeon RX 6800 XT, and providing solely an 18% greater rating than the common RX 6800 non-XT rating.

Whereas she states that it was working extra effectively—sucking down 260W—that does nonetheless make it extra thirsty than the equal Nvidia GPU, the RTX 4070. And that is whether or not the 260W determine is taken as a peak energy draw or an averaged determine for the RX 7800. 

The RTX 4070, nevertheless, does ship a decrease 3DMark Time Spy rating, however peaks at 230W with a mean energy draw under 200W.

We is probably not massively pleased with how Nvidia has stuffed out its new technology of Ada graphics playing cards, a minimum of we’re approaching a full stack of latest GPUs. AMD’s Radeon RX 7000-series, nevertheless, remains to be sporting simply two playing cards within the RX 7900 XT and RX 7900 XTX.

That relative tardiness to fill out its stack is not with out precedent in AMD-land, nevertheless it’s fascinating to notice that whereas the hearsay mill is grinding away on leaked efficiency figures, we nonetheless do not 100% know the make-up of the GPU on the coronary heart of the RX 7800 playing cards.

(Picture credit score: All The Watts)

Earlier rumours have steered that, opposite to utilizing the anticipated lower-spec chiplet GPU, Navi 32, the RX 7800 may ship utilizing a cut-down model of the Navi 31 used within the beforehand launched RX 7900-series playing cards. Given {that a} Radeon Professional W7800 exists in that styling lends some credence to such rumours.

A video posted over the weekend from the MILD YouTube channel, nevertheless, claims that Navi 31 card is not more likely to launch anytime quickly, and the anticipated September launches will likely be Navi 32 GPUs with 60 Compute Items (CUs) and both 48 or 54CUs.  If the RX 7800 card within the 3DMark Time Spy leak is certainly this 60CU half that provides it basically the identical core configuration because the RX 6800 that preceded it.

A brand new technology card with simply 18% greater 3DMark efficiency and successfully the identical energy draw does not essentially really feel like a spectacular consequence from the brand new RDNA 3 structure. Although it’s value remembering that is AMD’s first go at a nominal chiplet GPU design; the very fact it is acquired it working with Home windows in any respect is unquestionably one thing.

Ultimately it is more likely to all come all the way down to pricing. As ever within the fashionable world of graphics playing cards.

Ought to AMD launch the RX 7800 on the identical value because the RX 6800’s $579 launch value it would undercut the competing RTX 4070 by a minimum of $20 and probably ship greater rasterised gaming efficiency. Nvidia will counter that it is acquired DLSS and Body Technology, and much better ray tracing capabilities in video games that assist it.

If AMD desires to return out swinging, nevertheless, it may drop the brand new card on the identical $499 value level because the RTX 4060 Ti 16GB card and giggle all the way in which to the financial institution. That may require AMD to be manufacturing at quantity, and this type of aggressive pricing hasn’t been a part of latest AMD historical past. So, I would nonetheless count on a established order $550+ price ticket to accompany the RX 7800 when it does launch.