Unreleased Radeon RX 7900 GPU poses for the camera with a three-fan design and without a 12VHPWR power connector
AMD is set to unveil the RX 7000 series GPUs based on the RDNA 3 graphics architecture on November 3. Rumors have it that Team Red will only unveil high-end models possibly the RX 7900/7900 XT and the RX 7800 XT. Now, mere days away from RX 7000 launch, hardware leaker @9550pro has managed to snag some pictures of what appears to be a RX 7900 model, maybe the RX 7900 XT.
First up, the GPU in question has two 8-pin power connectors, indicating that it is a high-end board. The dual 8-pin connectors are also in line with AMD’s recent comments that it won’t use the now-notorious 12VHPWR connector that is present on the RTX 4090. For the uninitiated, the 12VHPWR power connector adaptors that Nvidia packages with the RTX 4090 are reportedly melting/catching on fire potentially destroying the US$1,600 GPU.
Moving on, the RX 7900 XT shown in the leaked images has a red PCB and exposed contact pins. These factors point to the GPU being a prototype. Furthermore, the lack of a backplate on a supposedly high-end board also marks the board to be an in-development sample as AMD uses a backplate on its retail flagship reference cards.
Finally, the dimensions of the purported RX 7900 XT aren’t much bigger than, what appears to be, the RX 6950 XT pictured alongside the card. While the RDNA 3 flagship is slightly longer than the RX 6950 XT, it is almost as high and wide as the RDNA 2 GPU. However, there are a few design differences between the two GPUs. For instance, where RDNA 2-based RX 6950 XT is boxier, the RX 7900 XT is comparatively curvier.
As a parting note, because the photos we have are of a prototype card, you shouldn’t be surprised if the final design of the GPU looks different. All we can do now is wait and see if AMD launches the exact design shown here or a different one that we haven’t seen before.
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