AMD Radeon RX 7900 GRE review: the most compelling RDNA 3 graphics card yet

February 26, 2024
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In something of a surprise launch, AMD has made its RX 7900 GRE available as a full retail product in order to tackle the challenge represented by Nvidia’s successful RTX 4070 Super. Previously available in the Chinese region and selectively to the OEM market elsewhere, the idea is very straightforward. Similar to the well-received RX 7800 XT, AMD readily admits that it lacks the same level of ray tracing performance of its closest Nvidia counterpart, but makes up for it in spades elsewhere. RX 7900 GRE has 16GB of framebuffer memory where the 4070 Super has just 12GB, paired with a 256-bit interface where the Nvidia card has a 192-bit bus. It’s also significantly faster in rasterisation.

In effect, AMD is delivering excellent value for users who still aren’t fully buying into the ray tracing dream, or aren’t enamoured with Nvidia’s ever-growing feature set. Clearly, we believe that those features have a great deal of value, but the point is that if you disagree and if you want a fast card with all the memory you’ll need for the foreseeable future, AMD is delivering what Nvidia does not – and it’s doing it for less money. It’s that simple.

First up, let’s consider what the RX 7900 GRE actually is. The name itself is curious, hailing from its Chinese market origins, where GRE stands for Golden Rabbit Edition to mark 2023 in the Chinese zodiac. It’s a baffling choice for any other market and doesn’t really slot in convincingly into the existing brand, but then again, some might say that any three letters are as good as any other.

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