AMD’s RDNA 3 graphics cards are about to hit the shelves, and we’ve caught the price of a couple of XFX third-party models via Amazon listings which have now been yanked down – not before they were highlighted on Twitter, though.
Regular hardware leaker @momomo_us shared product listings for XFX Speedster Merc 310 models of the RX7900 XTX or 7900 XT via a Tweet (flagged by VideoCardz (opens new tab)).
The 7900 XTX is AMD’s flagship for the next-gen, and going by the price tag on Amazon, XFX’s Speedster Merc version will retail at $1,100 in the US, which is a hundred bucks more than the reference board. The 7900 XT card is pitched at $979, which is $80 more than the reference model’s MSRP in the US.
These prices don’t appear on Amazon’s respective product pages anymore, so someone has leaked the information and taken it out.
For the uninitiated, the reference version of a graphics card – which is the most basic incarnation of the board, built to AMD’s default spec – is always cheaper than custom variants, which have beefier clocks, and better components (plus more effective cooling), thus they’re obviously going to be pricier.
Of course they run a bit faster for the extra outlay as you’d expect, although the difference often isn’t all that much (they may be able to be pushed much further with overclocking than vanilla boards, mind you, for those enthusiasts who engage in that pursuit).
Analysis: This is a hint that the price may be correct (or at least not incorrect).
The key point to focus on here is that the XFX Speedster Merc 310 isn’t Much more pricier than the reference model at 10% more (actually 9% in the case of the 7900 XT).
This very much goes against the worrying rumor which was recently aired that AMD’s custom third-party offerings of RDNA 3 cards would be much They are more expensive than the reference versions (and they may make up the majority in the early days).
The XFX model’s 10% markup seems reasonable, especially considering that Speedster Merc is a higher end variant from this graphics card manufacturer, one of those models that rumor-mongers feared might be exorbitantly costly (RTX 4080 style).
Naturally, we don’t know if these prices will prove correct, so we should approach this spillage with a good deal of trepidation, as pre-release prices can be placeholders. Amazon is more trustworthy than the smaller European retailers that frequently leak pricing information, especially since we are only days away the launch of RDNA 3 graphics.
If this does pan out to be true, then it’ll give Nvidia even more reason to cut RTX 4080 pricing, something that’s also been rumored to be in the cards recently. Team Green may need to stay more competitive with its rival and stoke flagging RTX 4080 sales, and we’ve also touched on the possibility that dropping the asking price on the 4080 could be necessary to give room to competitively price the inbound rumored RTX 4070 Ti at its correct level (a rather tricky pricing puzzle that we discuss at length here).