What just happened? The first alleged images of AMD’s upcoming Radeon RX 7000 series graphics card have hit the web thanks to Twitter leaker HXL. The photos, from a source identified only as QQ (which is a Chinese messaging app), reveal an everyday Radeon reference design that appears only marginally larger than the card in the side-by-side (probably an RX 6900XT) .
Tom’s Hardware estimates that the fans on the mystery map are likely in the 82-83mm range, making them slightly larger than those on a reference RX 6900 XT.
A second image showing the top of the cards highlights the two eight-pin power connectors. If you remember, AMD recently confirmed upcoming RDNA 3 GPUs would not use the 12VHPWR connector associated with melting RTX 4090 power adapters.
Source: QQ pic.twitter.com/FhYix70RXP
— HXL (@9550pro) October 31, 2022
The red-striped card also lacks a PCB backplate and has pins sticking out from the back, like those commonly found on engineering samples for development purposes.
If real, the images could lend credence to rumors of a TPD in the 350-watt range for the new card. Each eight-pin PCIe cable can deliver up to 150 watts, and the PCIe slot itself can deliver up to an additional 75 watts for a theoretical total of 375 watts. Realistically, a manufacturer will probably be cautious and not aim for the absolute maximum draw.
The flagship Radeon RX 9700 XTX is said to have 12,288 stream processors and a 384-bit memory bus width. It could also contain a dozen 16 Gbit GDDR6 memory chips running at 20 Gbps for a total of 24 GB of VRAM with 960 GB/s of bandwidth.
AMD will share more information about its RDNA architecture during a livestream scheduled for Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. Pacific / 4 p.m. Eastern. We will likely find out all the relevant details about the product range, launch models and rollout plans during the event. The latest scuttlebutt suggests AMD could have the first wave of cards ready for retail by the end of November.