AMD RDNA 3 is the red team’s answer to next-gen PC gaming graphics, but the bloated Radeon lineup is ready to suck more power. While the company claims its best line of graphics cards will be more than 50% more efficient than RDNA 2, the Radeon 7000 series specs seem to have an unavoidable appetite.
Speaking to Tom’s Hardware, the company’s senior vice president, Sam Naffziger, confirmed that AMD RDNA 3 GPUs will exhibit increased power consumption. However, the company apparently plans to offset future increases with “a multi-year roadmap of very significant efficiency improvements,” which could put it ahead of rivals like Nvidia.
The AMD boss suggests “performance is king” and hints at the efficiency of RDNA 3, but warns there is a need to push power levels if “the competition is doing the same”. Industry whispers suggest competing graphics cards like the RTX 4090 could pull up to 900W, coming with specs that smash the gaming PC performance ceiling. hungry, Naffziger says Nvidia will have to push the TDP “much higher than we will.”
If one thing is certain, it’s that next-gen GPUs will want more juice from your PSU. Equipping your rig with the best power supply should eliminate any issues, but AMD hasn’t confirmed whether AMD’s GPUs will use a PCIe Gen 5 power connector. That said, RTX 4000 and RDNA 3 should appear in a few months, so we’ll probably learn about the system requirements soon.