AMD’s upcoming next-gen RDNA 3 graphics cards should introduce new features to push forward with high-end gaming – in terms of robust resolutions and frame rates – promised the company’s chief executive in an earnings call.
As Wccftech (opens in new tab) highlighted, in the call after AMD’s latest fiscal results reveal, CEO Lisa Su said, “Our high-end RDNA 3 GPUs will deliver strong increases in performance and performance per watt compared to our current products and will include new features that support high resolution , high frame rate games.”
Performance gains per watt are expected to be on the order of 50% (or slightly more) than we’ve previously heard from AMD, the same big leap that was seen when moving from RDNA to current-gen RDNA 2 GPUs.
All of this comes ahead of the November 3 launch of the next-gen graphics cards, with the high-end models expected to be the first crop of RDNA 3 offerings. Those early GPUs will likely be the RX 7900 XT, possibly alongside a 7900 variant. More powerful XTX and maybe a 7800 XT, according to the latest rumors.
Note that these graphics cards won’t be on sale for a while – maybe not until December, following the latest speculation.
Analysis: So, is FSR 3.0 inbound?
What would these new features be? (And it’s quite revealing that the AMD chief executive mentions ‘features’, in the plural, rather than just an innovation.) Well, the most obvious candidate for something to beef up high-end gaming and push forward with those fast frame rates is FSR 3.0. That would be against Nvidia’s DLSS 3, the latter having been introduced with Team Green’s new generation Lovelace (although only the expensive RTX 4090 flagship is on sale at the moment).
We’re basing that probability primarily on the fact that it fits the description Su provides – a frame rate booster and something that lets you play games upscaled to a resolution that mimics 4K – and also that FSR 3.0 is rumored to be in the works. for RDNA 3. in June.
The theory is that it will be a big step forward and could use AI (machine learning) to make it more powerful, just like Nvidia DLSS (and Intel XeSS). This is despite Team Red arguing that AI isn’t necessary for good quality upscaling (although we can get FSR 3.0 without AI of course – all are just whispers of the vine).
What isn’t mentioned, or hinted at here, is ray tracing, and rumor has it that AMD could fall far short of Nvidia’s prowess in that department. In other words, the situation won’t change much, although the gap seen with current-gen cards could be narrowed a bit.
That said, there have been some interesting rumors about the raster performance (no ray tracing) that AMD can achieve (and even more efficiency). So keep your fingers crossed for the event, as we may see something special to really worry Nvidia – and hopefully boost competitiveness in the high-end GPU arena. (Although that, of course, depends on where AMD goes with pricing, not just performance).