AMD is set to release a fresh lineup of "new, enthusiast-tier GPUs" within the Radeon RX 7000 series during this quarter. In a Q2 2023 Earnings Call, CEO Lisa Su shared a rough timeline, confirming that the RDNA 3 graphics card series is expanding with the addition of enthusiast-class GPUs, namely the Radeon RX 7700 and RX 7800. Interestingly, AMD is now categorizing these GPUs as "enthusiast" instead of the previously used "ultra-enthusiast" label for its RX 7900 series, hinting at a shift towards a more mid-range market compared to its predecessors.
Last year, AMD unveiled its Radeon RX 7000 series to rival Nvidia's RTX 40 series, but initially introduced only the RX 7900 XT and RX 7900 XTX as their top-tier offerings, competing with RTX 4070/Ti and RTX 4080, respectively. In May of this year, they filled the entry-level segment with the release of the RX 7600, a budget-friendly option for 1080p gaming. However, this left a significant gap between the mid-range and high-end GPUs, leaving fans eagerly awaiting more options.
Now, AMD has confirmed that new GPUs are on the horizon. During the Q2 2023 Earnings Call, Lisa Su stated, "We are on track to further expand our RDNA 3 GPU offerings with the launch of new, enthusiast-class Radeon 7000 series cards in the third quarter." This suggests that the Radeon RX 7700 and RX 7800, or their "XT" variants, could be released by the end of September. The leak of expected pricing for the two GPUs has added to the excitement, with the RX 7700 possibly priced at $449 and the RX 7800 at $549, positioning them between the current RX 7600 and RX 7900 XT models.
It remains to be seen whether the upcoming lineup will only include the RX 7700 and RX 7800 or also feature XT and XTX versions of these GPUs. If so, the latter may fill the remaining gaps in the lineup based on pricing considerations.
Notably, AMD's classification of these GPUs as "enthusiast-class" suggests that there might not be any new offerings in the "ultra-enthusiast" RX 7900 series of cards later this year. As of now, AMD lacks a GPU that directly competes with the RTX 4090, and even their top-tier RTX 7900 XTX offers performance comparable to the RTX 4080, a strategic decision by the chipmaker based on their market positioning.