After many months in which NVIDIA has dominated the market for “what’s new” graphics cards alone, we can finally show you the next generation of AMD graphics cards, and we do it with the unboxing of the AMD Radeon RX 7900XT that we already have in our hands. Do you want to see up close how it is and what we can expect from it? Well then keep reading, that this interests you.
At this time, AMD won’t let us talk about specs or performance data for this graphics card, but it’s obvious that we already have one in our hands and are testing it, so we’ll be able to show you how it performs at the same time very soon in our regular review. Time of truth. But, to whet your appetite, what we can do is show you what this graphics card is like, so let’s get to it. Of course, we remind you that AMD already presented the Radeon RX 7000 Series to society a few days ago, so some of its features are already public and you can consult them without problem.
The AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT poses for the camera
In this case, AMD has not sent us an assembler graphics card as it often does, but the graphics is BBA (Built By AMD), the equivalent of the competition’s Founders Edition. It comes packed in a black hard cardboard box on the outside of which we can already see an image of the graphics card, at least in part, where you can see the two 8-pin PCIe power connectors that we will need.
Looking at the back you can already guess that the box opens in the shape of a chest; In this area, we can see how AMD talks about its drivers and its stability and performance, but we don’t find any other important information.
Inside, we find the graphics card embedded in a protective structure, and a message on the top welcomes us to the “red team”.
This is a fairly large and heavy graphics card (although we can confirm from now on that it is much smaller and lighter than the NVIDIA RTX 40, but MUCH), totally black and dominated by three large fans that will all rotate in the same address.
In the lower area, in addition to the PCI-Express connector, we can see that the aluminum foil heatsink that AMD has used in this graph is not divided into two sections as usual, but in this case it is a compact block and almost homogeneous: its size is only slightly reduced at the rear to make room for the fan connector. This, as AMD graphics experts will already assume, means that it possibly uses vapor chamber technology for cooling. We can also see here that the PCB goes pretty much to the end of its full length.
The fans are relatively large and there are three units, all of them spinning in the same direction. They have 9 small blades but quite inclined to generate a high static pressure and thus promote good heat dissipation.
In this final area, in addition to the fan connector, we also see that there is an empty two-pin connector. Possibly so that assemblers can use it in their custom models.
On the back we did not find anything remarkable, except for four perforations that in all probability will be to anchor a support like the ones we have already seen in other long and heavy graphics cards, and which serves to anchor the graphics card to the plate screws. base and thus prevent its weight from causing damage.
In the upper part we see the huge homogeneous heatsink of the graph again, in this case with three of its black aluminum sheets painted in red to give it a touch of color. Also here we can see, as we anticipated looking at the packaging, the two 8-pin PCIe connectors each and, in this case, also the Radeon logo that will surely light up with the connected graphics card.
Here we can see the connectors up close. In this case, AMD continues to use the standard PCIe connectors for power supplies, it is not necessary to use special cables or anything that we do not already have on the PC. From the pin count, if each pin provides 12.5W and we add what the PCIe socket provides, we can guess that its maximum consumption will be 275W.
We go to the outdoor area, where we have the video outputs, in this case consisting of two DisplayPort, one HDMI and one USB-C. Let’s remember that for some reason, NVIDIA has decided to do without USB-C in the last two generations of graphics, something that we cannot understand, so we are happy to see that AMD does include it. By the way, contrary to what is usual, there is no ventilation grill here, but AMD has screen-printed the graphic information in this area. By the way, this is the first place where AMD tells us that we are dealing with a Radeon RX 7900 XT, since it did not say so on the packaging.
The rear of this Radeon RX 7900 XT is completely dominated by a black painted aluminum backplate adorned with various shapes and some red accents. With just removing four screws we could remove it to see the PCB and the bracket for holding the heatsink to the GPU.
How big is this graphics card?
One of the great drawbacks of the TOP graphics cards of this generation is, without a doubt, their size, and it is something that we have seen when we have analyzed both the RTX 4090 and the RTX 4080 on this website, graphics cards with which they will certainly compete in In terms of performance -at least in theory- this is AMD’s Radeon RX 7900 XT. So, let’s see its measured physical size.
This AMD RX 7900 XT measures just 27 centimeters long, something that contrasts greatly with the more than 35 cm of the competition’s RTX 4090/80. It is also interesting to see that it only occupies 2 PCI slots with its 51.4 mm thickness, something that again contrasts with the three slots and 75.1 mm of the competition. As for the height, we have 98.4 mm compared to 132.8 mm for the NVIDIA counterpart.
What all these dimensions come to tell us is that AMD has created a graphics card that is already cheaper than NVIDIA’s RTX 4080 and RTX 4090, that (again on paper) consumes much less, that does not need power cables special power supply, and that it has a fairly standard size, occupying only two PCI sockets and being 27 cm long.
At first glance, they are all advantages and this RX 7900 XT looks very, very good, but how will it perform when it comes down to it? Can it really compete with NVIDIA’s RTX 40? This is something for which we will have to wait a little longer to find out for sure, but we will shortly do it in our own analysis that we will publish as soon as AMD lifts the embargo on it. Stay tuned.