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Early numbers indicate AMD’s 7800 XT GPU is a hit. The 7700 XT not so much

In a highly anticipated showdown, AMD's latest graphics card releases have hit the market, and...

Early numbers indicate AMD’s 7800 XT GPU is a hit. The 7700 XT not so much

In a highly anticipated showdown, AMD’s latest graphics card releases have hit the market, and early numbers are painting a clear picture. The Radeon RX 7800 XT has emerged as a resounding success, while its sibling, the 7700 XT, seems to be struggling to gain traction.

German retailer Mindfactory’s sales data provides a telling snapshot of this competition. The 7800 XT has swiftly ascended to become the second-best day-one seller of the year, boasting an impressive tally of around 400 units sold. Only Nvidia’s RTX 4070 Ti managed to edge it out, with estimates placing its first-day sales between 400 and 450 units. 

However, the 7700 XT’s debut paints a contrasting image, with just 40 units finding buyers on its initial day of release—a mere fraction of its more powerful counterpart.

These initial figures corroborate a broader trend in demand for the new GPUs. On popular online retailer Newegg, all variations of the 7800 XT were promptly sold out on the first day. Fortunately, restocking efforts have been underway, and two days post-launch, three different versions of the 7800 XT are now available, including one listed at the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $499.

On the flip side, the 7700 XT has seen only limited sell-outs, with nearly all variants readily available at the time of reporting. Additionally, AMD appears to be directing a larger portion of its stock to specific regions. While the United States and Germany have seen widespread availability, reports suggest that some European countries, including Italy, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia, have found it more challenging to secure these sought-after cards.

In the United Kingdom, major retailers such as Overclockers and Scan have faced notable shortages. Whether this scarcity is due to supply chain constraints, swift sellouts, or retailers exercising caution amid fluctuating GPU sales remains a topic of speculation.

The contrasting performance of the 7700 XT and the 7800 XT has been an expected outcome. With a mere $50 price difference, opting for the 7800 XT translates to a substantial 20 to 25% performance boost, making it a clear choice for many consumers.

Choosing between the 7800 XT and Nvidia’s RTX 4070 introduces a more nuanced decision. While the 7800 XT leads in raw GPU speed, Nvidia’s superior ray tracing capabilities, along with its advanced feature set encompassing DLSS and Frame Generation, compensate for the 4070’s relative shortcomings in raster performance, VRAM allocation, and bandwidth limitations.

Ultimately, the choice between these two GPUs boils down to a finely balanced judgment call, rather than a straightforward decision. This stands in stark contrast to Nvidia’s RTX 4060 Ti, which has long been viewed as a suboptimal choice, even in its 8GB configuration. Now, with the 8GB variant appearing almost irrelevant, and the 16GB version verging on the extraneous, it’s clear that AMD’s 7800 XT has shifted the landscape in the GPU market.

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