AMD is taking aim at the 1440p market with two new GPUs that attempt to balance generation-on-generation performance improvements and affordability.
The RX 7800 XT and RX 7700 XT will both launch on September 6, with a free copy of Starfield to give you an easy way to properly test them. These two cards, priced at $500 and $450, respectively, are more squarely aimed at tackling Nvidia’s limp attempt at a mid-range card this generation, with both the RTX 4060 Ti and RTX 4070 mostly failing to impress the wide range of PC consumers. The RX 7800 XT boasts some impressive numbers over the RTX 4070 according to AMD’s in-house testing, in both traditionally rasterized performance and ray tracing (an area where AMD has lagged behind for two generations).
In games such as Cyberpunk 2077, Hogwarts Legacy, and Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, the RX 7800 XT outperformed the RTX 4070 at 1440p by 23%, 15%, and 5% respectively. It did, however, lose out heavily when ray-tracing was turned on, with Nvidia’s card pulling ahead by 12% in Spider-Man: Miles Morales and 18% in Doom Eternal. Still, some outliers in favor of AMD with single-digit performance advantages, such as Resident Evil 4 and Far Cry 6, both with raytracing on, show that AMD has potentially made some ground up. And at a full $100 cheaper, the RX 7800 XT proposes some mighty value over the RTX 4070.