AMD Radeon RX 7800 XT and RX 7700 XT Review Featuring SAPPHIRE

Final Thoughts

We could discuss the challenges of GPU chiplets vs. a monolithic die architecture, harp on power draw some more, or apologize again for the lack of a 16GB RTX 4060 Ti on our charts, but all of that is immaterial next to the great driving forces of all GPU discussion in [current year]: VRAM and price.

With VRAM AMD is repeating the formula from the RX 6000 Series, with the RX 7800 XT offering the same 16 GB of GDDR6 we saw with the RX 6800 XT, and the RX 7700 XT mirroring the 12 GB found in the RX 6700 XT. Based on internet opinions, 12GB is the new minimum (along with 64GB of system memory, I guess), so AMD has an advantage over a lot of midrange cards out there.

As to pricing, we will begin with the Radeon RX 7800 XT, which carries a $499 USD launch MSRP. This feels like an excellent value, considering how competitive it is with rasterization compared to the RTX 4070 ($599). I don’t think you can seriously question the launch pricing. And then we have the Radeon RX 7700 XT…

At $449 USD, which is just $50 less than $499 in case you didn’t notice or refuse to do math, it is so close to the RX 7800 XT that it just doesn’t make sense. Doubtless there will be partner cards that eclipse the price difference, making them instantly irrelevant compared to the cheapest RX 7800 XT. This launch price isn’t fair to partners, and needs to drop quickly. Seriously, I would only buy an RX 7700 XT at $449 if every RX 7800 XT was sold out, and I was desperate.

Do you think I’m making too big of a deal about the $449 price? It seems pretty safe to say that no enthusiast worth their salt is going to let $50 keep them from the better card. Plus the RX 7800 XT has 4GB of additional VRAM! See?! It’s price and VRAM, combined!

If I had to stop blathering on about price and VRAM and craft a quotable summary to end this review, it would be this: AMD has hit a home run with the Radeon RX 7800 XT, offering better raw performance than the GeForce RTX 4070 at a price that is currently $100 less than NVIDIA’s. If you don’t care about DLSS and frame generation (and power draw), the RX 7800 XT is a no-brainer at this price point.

As to the RX 7700 XT, it’s a big gen-on-gen upgrade over the RX 6700 XT, but the puzzling $449 USD price tag punishes what is otherwise a fantastic product. Seriously, spend the additional $50 and get an RX 7800 XT.

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