Radeon RX 7900 partner cards tested
AMD made some confusing decisions prior to the launch of the RDNA3 desktop that forced Chinese media to break the rules.
As you know, there have been no reviews of AMD RX 7900 reference cards from China, not even one. The cards are manufactured in Taiwan and are clearly marked as such. This obviously did not comply with the One China policy and as a result, it was impossible to ship these cards to mainland China.
This wouldn’t have been a problem were it not for the fact that AMD imposed two separate review bans on Radeon 7900 GPUs. Yesterday, test results for only reference AMD models were published, while today, just as these cards officially go on sale, AMD will lift the ban on the models. also customized. It’s a controversial trend that applies to all GPU makers. Only this time it backfired.
Chinese media doesn’t have content to share on a very important day, so instead, they chose to post personalized card ratings instead. Here’s an overview of the cards that have already been tested.
Sapphire Nitro +
Portal 163 has published early results for Sapphire’s NITRO+. This is as far as we know the only test for this card at the moment. What readers may find interesting is that NITRO+ is the only dedicated RX 7900 card with a vapor chamber (this is what Sapphire teased as a return of Vapor-X).
The reviewer claims that this card has a 9 * 2 + 2 VRM design supported by three 8-pin power connectors. In their tests, its frequency reached 2499MHz during normal tests and up to 3072MHz with overclocking.
Powercolor Red Devil
HKEPC and Chiphell have reviewed the PowerColor Red Devil, which includes the more powerful RX 7900 XTX SKU. The card being shipped to reviewers is a limited edition (1,500 units) which comes in a Red Devil branded box with a special package. This also includes a custom back panel that will later be sold separately.
The card has an 18 + 3 VRM PCB design supported by three 8-pin power connectors. According to the review, this card has a dual BIOS function, which can boost the frequency by about 50MHz in real-world tests. This translates to 1% higher performance and 7W higher power usage. But most importantly, it reduces the noise level from 45.3 to 43.7 dB under load.
Chiphell and MyDrivers contain previews of the Radeon RX 7900 XT Hellhound. This is the cheaper PowerColor custom variant that features a 2.5-slot triple-fan cooler and 14+3 VRM 14-player PCB. Unlike Red Devil, this card is powered by two 8-pin power connectors.
XFX Speedster Merc 310
Expreview has published the results of its evaluation of the XFX RX 7900XTX and RX 7900XT Merc310. According to the review, the RX 7900XTX MERC 310 is equipped with three 8-pin power connectors that have 2455/2655MHz Game/Boost clocks. The XT variant ships with 2220/2560MHz clocks and a pair of 8-pin connectors. It should be noted that the XTX model is slightly thicker (2.9 aperture) than the XT Merc 310 (2.7 aperture).
ASUS RX 7900 XTX TUF Gaming OC
Chiphell has the world’s first and only TUF audit from ASUS. This model is based on the 17 + 3 VRM design and has three 8-pin power connectors.
There don’t seem to be any reviews of Gigabyte, MSI or Yeston cards yet. However, this may change later today when the ban on the Official Partner Card is lifted. All of the above tests were from Asian media that did not have access to AMD MBA builds (made by AMD).
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