What simply occurred? Following weeks of complaints, AMD has lastly confirmed that the excessive temperatures and surprising throttling within the Radeon RX 7900 XTX reference playing cards are being attributable to points associated to their thermal answer.
AMD’s repute has been tarnished by stories of some Radeon RX 7900 XTX reference graphics playing cards experiencing thermal points involving GPU hotspot temperatures, or the utmost temperature learn by the sensor, reaching as excessive as 110C.
AMD initially stated 110C is the conventional junction temperature, which is why it refused some consumers’ RMA requests and suggested these customers who’re experiencing surprising thermal throttling to contact AMD assist.
A latest investigation by Roman ‘der8auer’ Hartung led to the overclocker inserting the blame for the overheating points on the Radeon RX 7900 XTX’s vapor chamber; it is believed that some batches of the playing cards lack ample fluid ranges.
Igor Wallossek of Igor’sLAB fame obtained an e mail from a system integrator stating that 4 to six batches of Radeon RX 7900 XTX MBA (Made By AMD) playing cards, which covers 1000’s of items, are affected by the problem.
AMD has lastly given an official assertion that appears to substantiate the investigations. “We are working to find out the basis reason for the surprising throttling skilled by some whereas utilizing the AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX graphics playing cards made by AMD. Based on our observations to-date, we consider the problem pertains to the thermal answer used within the AMD reference design and seems to be current in a restricted variety of the playing cards offered,” the corporate wrote.
“We are dedicated to fixing this problem for impacted playing cards. Customers experiencing this surprising throttling ought to contact AMD Support (
It does seem that solely reference and AMD-manufactured Radeon RX 7900 XTX GPUs offered by AMD and its companions are affected. Aftermarket playing cards that includes customized cooler designs appear to be protected. And not each one in every of these MBA playing cards is overheating—the one we utilized in our evaluation was positive.
However, a problem impacting 1000’s of items will not be an insignificant drawback. We’ll should see if AMD points a mass recall/RMA.
The controversy comes at a nasty time for AMD. Its Zen 4-powered Ryzen 7000 CPUs aren’t promoting in addition to anticipated, particularly in Germany, the place gross sales of Zen 3 chips are outpacing their successor by round 5 to at least one. The stories have additionally taken the highlight away from rival Nvidia’s melting 16-pin 12VHPWR adapter problem, which AMD gleefully mocked in a tweet earlier than stories of overhearing Radeon RX 7900 XTX playing cards arrived.