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Underwhelming AMD RDNA 3 Navi 33 performance leak suggests a mediocre generation for midrange GPUs might be on the cards

AMD released the RDNA 3 Navi 33 GPU inside the company’s mobile RX 7600 and RX 7700S boards at CES. We are yet to see a desktop AMD board featuring the chip. But, if the latest report from leaker All_The_Watts is accurate, the entry-level/midrange RX 7000 cards using the Navi 33 GPU may not be as powerful as previously reported.

After claiming that AMD’s RDNA 3 refresh has been canceled, All_The_Watts now maintains that Navi 33 will be less powerful than the RX 6750 XT while being equal to or more performant than the RX 6650 XT. In other words, the performance of the Navi 33 GPU could be between the RX 6750 XT and the RX 6650 XT, possibly somewhere around the RX 6700 XT level. Previously, the leaker suggested that the GPU will match the RX 6800 at the highest with average performance falling close to the RX 6750 XT.

To put these performance claims into perspective, the RX 6650 XT came out 10% ahead of the RX 6600 XT in our tests, whereas the RX 6750 XT ended up being 35% faster than the RX 6650 XT. So, assuming the Navi 33 GPU matches the RX 6700 XT, the GPU will only be 15% more performant than the RX 6650 XT according to our benchmarks.

In essence, we are looking at evolutionary rather than revolutionary performance gains if All_The_Watts’ report is correct. Combine this with the rumor that the RTX 4060 Ti will be 10-15% faster vs the RTX 3060 Ti and one can argue that this generation is looking rather unimpressive in terms of midrange boards.

That said, desktop midrange RDNA 3 cards are still under wraps. So, it is important to reserve judgments until the boards get into the hands of independent testers.

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