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PowerColor RX 7900 XTX Hellhound Spectral White Review

Rating: 8.0.

In PowerColor's own words, ‘Hellhound has long been guarding the gaming underworld and is committed to deliver the most reliable gaming experience.' What exactly that means isn't clear, but today we will find out as we put the RX 7900 XTX Hellhound Spectral White through its paces. A beautiful-looking card, we put it to the test and find out if the beauty is only skin deep.

White PC components is an ever-growing market, something PowerColor will be looking to capitalise on with the RX 7900 XTX Hellhound Spectral White – impressively, even the PCB is white. That's alongside staple features such as dual-BIOS, a triple-fan cooler and a factory overclocked core, so let's find out exactly what the Hellhound Spectral White has to offer.

RX 7900 XTX RX 7900 XT RX 6950 XT  RX 6900 XT  RX 6800 XT RX 6800 
Architecture RDNA 3 RDNA 3 RDNA 2 RDNA 2 RDNA 2 RDNA 2
Manufacturing Process 5nm GCD + 6nm MCD 5nm GCD + 6nm MCD 7nm 7nm 7nm 7nm
Transistor Count 57.7 billion 57.7 billion 26.8 billion 26.8 billion 26.8 billion 26.8 billion
Die Size  300 mm² GCD 220 mm² MCD 300 mm² GCD 220 mm² MCD 519 mm² 519 mm² 519 mm² 519 mm²
Ray Accelerators 96 84 80 80 72 60
Compute Units  96 84 80 80 72 60
Stream Processors  6144 5376 5120 5120 4608 3840
Game GPU Clock Up to 2300MHz Up to 2000 MHz Up to 2100MHz Up to 2015MHz Up to 2015MHz Up to 1815MHz
Boost GPU Clock Up to 2500 MHz Up to 2400 MHz Up to 2310MHz Up to 2250MHz Up to 2250MHz Up to 2105MHz
ROPs 192 192 128 128 128 96
AMD Infinity Cache 96MB 80MB 128MB 128MB 128MB 128MB
Memory 24GB GDDR6 20GB GDDR6 16GB GDDR6 18Gbps 16GB GDDR6 16Gbps 16GB GDDR6 16GB GDDR6
Memory Bandwidth 960 GB/s 800 GB/s 576 GB/s 512 GB/s 512 GB/s 512 GB/s
Memory Interface  384-bit 320-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit
Board Power  355W 315W 335W 300W 300W 250W

First, let's take a quick look at the specs. The RDNA 3 architecture has seen AMD transition to a chiplet-based design – a world first for a gaming GPU. We find a 300mm² Graphics Compute Die, based on TSMC's 5nm node, flanked by six 37mm² Memory Cache Dies. In total, the Navi 31 GPU packs 57.7 billion transistors.

Internally, the GCD makeup hasn't been radically changed compared to what we saw with RDNA 2. That means Navi 31 packs in 96 Compute Units, each of which houses 64 Steam Processors, for a total of 6144 shaders. There's also 96 Ray Accelerators – one per CU – and 192 ROPs.

As for clock speed, AMD has de-coupled the clocks, so the front-end and shaders can operate at different clock speeds in a bid to save power. With the RX 7900 XTX, the shader clock features a rated game clock of up to 2300MHz, and a boost of up to 2500MHz. PowerColor has increased this figure slightly however, with the primary BIOS operating with a 2525MHz boost clock.

Meanwhile, the memory configuration has taken a step forward. The RX 7900 XTX packs 24GB of GDDR6 memory clocked at 20Gbps, operating over a 384-bit memory interface, for total memory bandwidth of 960 GB/s. 96MB of Infinity Cache is also present, which allows AMD to claim an ‘effective memory bandwidth' of up to 3500 GB/s.

Power draw for the RX 7900 XTX is rated at 355W Total Board Power (TBP), though PowerColor's OC BIOS has increased this slightly as we will show later in the review.

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