Although its position is no longer as preponderant due to competition, and especially seeing that assemblers like XFX and PowerColor tend to have better prices, sapphire It is still the one with the closest link to AMD Radeon graphics, so more than one is already looking forward to its custom models of the RX 7900 XT and RX 7900 XTXwhich are obviously on the way and starting to be displayed by the assembler.
Sapphire has started releasing images of the Nitro line of RX 7900 XT and RX 7900 XTX assemblies, the Radeon graphics that aim to compete with NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 4080. The assembler has published a short video on Twitter in which you can see your logo occupying the center of at least the central fan. Furthermore, it can be seen that the fans have an angular 9-blade design that aims to be something new within the brand. On the front there is a silver metallic cover and on the sides a decoration of RGB lights showing the color pink.
Aside from the short video, which can be defined as a teaser, Sapphire hasn’t expounded much on the particular potential features of its custom RX 7900 XT and RX 7900 XTX models, but it can be confirmed that they will keep the system cool with three cooling fans. reference design. Looking at the existing Nitro+ PURE graphics, it is possible that the assembler keeps the three eight-pin connectors for power, but without official presentation or marketing, this data is nothing more than speculation.
According to the latest rumors circulating, the custom models of the RX 7900 XT and RX 7900 XTX aim to start being marketed one or two weeks after the official launch of the graphics, which we remember is scheduled for December 13, 2022 if all goes as planned by AMD. On the other hand, Sapphire is actually the third assembler to appear on the scene after PowerColor and ASUS.
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Another aspect in which it seems that AMD wants to be well positioned is availability, which could be higher than that of NVIDIA’s RTX 40 series, although not before placing its reference models. Consequently, we will have an end of the year with an interesting train wreck between the Radeon RX 7900 XT and RX 7900 XTX on the one hand and the GeForce RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 on the other. More than the comparisons at the power level, what is interesting is how different the proposals from each manufacturer are.
While NVIDIA has continued to bet on increasing power and its own technologies, AMD Radeon has opted more for value for money, improving its architecture and offering a framework that is more familiar to users by not using “modern” connectors for power .
By now we already know some important aspects of the RX 7900 XT and RX 7900 XTX, such as the fact that in ray tracing they will continue to be clearly behind NVIDIA and that FSR 3 will reach previous generations of Radeon graphics, while DLSS 3, at least for now, is exclusive to RTX 40. Let’s hope AMD releases the source code for FSR 3, just as it has done with previous versions of the upscaling technology.