Intel’s Arc A770 Nearly 3x Faster than AMD’s Radeon RX 7900 XTX in Hogwarts with Ray Tracing: $329 vs. $999

Avalanche’s Hogwarts Legacy is now available early to gamers who own the deluxe edition. Feature ray-traced lighting and a slew of upscaling technologies, it is on track to become one of the most-played games of 2023. With the review embargo over, outlets have started publishing their performance analysis of the big budget game, and from the looks of it, Team Radeon isn’t doing too well with ray-tracing:

Testing conducted by PCGamesHardware shows the Radeon RX 7900 XTX struggling to hit 20 FPS at 4K ultra with ray-tracing maxed out. The GeForce RTX 4090, on the other hand, registers a much more reasonable 50 FPS in the same scene. The 4090 is significantly more expensive than the 7900 XTX, but the RTX 4080, its direct competitor, is also way faster in this title.

TechpowerUp’s benchmarks show the GeForce RTX 4080 averaging 25.6 FPS at 4K RT Ultra, roughly 30% slower than the RTX 4090. The Radeon RX 7900 XTX is a wreck, netting just 6 FPS, followed by the RX 6900 XT with 5.1 FPS. The $999 RDNA 3 flagship is beaten by the $300 RTX 3060 and the four-year-old RTX 2080 Ti. Even Intel’s Arc A770 is faster than the top Radeon GPU.

NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 4080 is over 4x faster than the RX 7900 XTX in this scene, with the RTX 4090 extending the lead to 6x. This is extremely disappointing, as the new Radeons are just as fast as their last-gen predecessors in ray-tracing. Granted, you can simply turn off ray-tracing and enable FSR 2.0, but that’s overlooking what gamers have been promised.

Areej Syed

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