Is it just me, or is the new AMD Radeon RX 7900 actually an RX 7800 XT in disguise?

AMD Radeon RX 7900 with blue Radeon backdrop
(Image credit: AMD)

The AMD Radeon RX 7900 is now officially a thing, and while it’s currently only available in China, it comes in at roughly $649. That’s arguably a decent price point for a graphics card armed with 16GB RAM and a cut-down Navi 31 GPU, as its older RX 7900 XT sibling can set you back $250 more. However, while I’m hoping the new card on the block eventually makes its way across the globe, I can’t help but shake the feeling that it’s actually an RX 7800 XT in disguise. 

The best graphics card battlefield is now occupied by various AMD and Nvidia GPUs, but the red team has yet to deploy any midrange gladiators. You could say that’s a tactical move, as letting Nvidia release the RTX 4070 and RTX 4060 first lets the company pick and choose specs based on the gaming PC scene’s reactions to available SKUs. Perhaps I’m putting more thought into this than the GPU itself has, but the release of the new AMD Radeon RX 7900 GRE (Golden Rabbit Edition) in China feels like a similar test.

Unveiled at China Digital Entertainment Expo and Conference (ChinaJoy), the AMD Radeon RX 7900 GRE offers specs that currency sit between the Radeon RX 7600 and RX 7900 XT. As mentioned above, it packs 16GB GDDR6 RAM, a Navi 31 GPU with 5,120 Stream processors, and boost clock speeds up to 2,245Mhz, so there’s a bit of a gap between it and the flagship XTX. 

In a “gen-to-gen” comparison, AMD pits the RX 7900 specs against the RX 6800 XT, which somewhat backs up my theory that it’s practically an RX 7800 XT. That idea is echoed across benchmarks, with figures produced by Chinese publication Expreview suggesting it surpasses RTX 4070 performance. When you consider the fact it can beat the GeForce GPU without FSR 3.0 (AMD’s yet-to-be-released answer to DLSS 3), things are looking promising for the configuration.

Three AMD Radeon RX graphics cards with red blurred backdrop

(Image credit: AMD)

Is an AMD Radeon RX 7800 XT release date on the horizon? 

If the AMD Radeon RX 7800 XT is going to show up, it’ll likely happen during 2023. There’s no guarantee it wields the exact same specs as the new AMD Radeon RX 7900, but the configuration makes a lot of sense. Providing AMD sticks with a $649 price tag, it’d make for a great RTX 4070 Ti alternative that boasts more VRAM, and it’d leave space for a potential non-XT model that could take on the RTX 4070.

I’m not opposed to AMD sticking with the RX 7900 moniker, but I do think it somewhat blurs midrange recognition. Like many gaming PC builders out there, I tend to use the GPU model to set performance expectations, and having clear class indicators helps when shopping around for GPUs. Of course, we’ll be looking to test the actual AMD Radeon RX 7800 XT as soon as it arrives, which in turn will enable us to tell you exactly where the graphics card sits in the specs food chain. 

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Phil Hayton
Hardware Editor

I’ve been messing around with PCs, video game consoles, and tech since before I could speak. Don’t get me wrong, I kickstarted my relationship with technology by jamming a Hot Wheels double-decker bus into my parent’s VCR, but we all have to start somewhere. I even somehow managed to become a walking, talking buyer’s guide at my teenage supermarket job, which helped me accept my career fate. So, rather than try to realise my musician dreams, or see out my University degree, I started running my own retro pop culture site and writing about video games and tech for the likes of TechRadar, The Daily Star, and the BBC before eventually ending up with a job covering graphics card shenanigans at PCGamesN. Now, I’m your friendly neighbourhood Hardware Editor at GamesRadar, and it’s my job to make sure you can kick butt in all your favourite games using the best gaming hardware, whether you’re a sucker for handhelds like the Steam Deck and Nintendo Switch or a hardcore gaming PC enthusiast.