Sapphire PURE Radeon RX 7900 GRE Review – Enter the Golden Rabbit

Manufacturer: Sapphire Sapphire PURE Radeon RX 7900 GRE Review – Enter the Golden Rabbit

The 7000 Series RX 6950 XT Alternative

It’s here: the Golden Rabbit Edition. No longer a China exclusive, the GRE is now available worldwide, and it helps to fill in the upper midrange product offering in the Radeon 7000 Series lineup. This Radeon RX 7900 GRE (launched back in July, 2023) occupies the space between the RX 7800 XT and RX 7900 XT, and it seems to be a pretty good value, too.

At a starting price of $549 USD, the Radeon RX 7900 GRE offers (among other things) 80 Compute Units and 16GB of 256-bit GDDR6. That’s 20 more CUs than the RX 7800 XT for just $50 above that card’s launch price. In an odd coincidence, the RX 7900 GRE has nearly identical specs to the venerable RX 6950 XT (give or take) – so it will be interesting to see how those two cards compare in the benchmark results.

  RX 7900 XTX RX 7900 XT RX 7900 GRE RX 6950 XT RX 7800 XT
GPU Navi 31 Navi 31 Navi 31 Navi 21 Navi 21
Architecture RDNA 3 RDNA 3 RDNA 3 RDNA 2 RDNA 3
CUs 96 84 80 80 60
Stream Processors 6144 5376 5120 5120 3840
Game Clock 2269 MHz 2025 MHz 1880 MHz 2100 MHz 2124 MHz
Boost Clock 2499 MHz 2394 MHz 2245 MHz 2310 MHz 2430 MHz
TMUs 384 336 320 320 240
ROPs 192 192 160 128 96
Memory Data Rate 20 Gbps 20 Gbps 18 Gbps 18 Gbps 19.5 Gbps
Memory Interface 384-bit 320-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit
Memory Bandwidth 960 GB/s 800 GB/s 576 GB/s 576 GB/s 624 GB/s
Infinity Cache (L3) 96 MB 80 MB 64 MB 128 MB 64 MB
Transistor Count 58 B 58 B 58 B 26.8 B 28.1 B
Process Tech TSMC 5nm/6nm TSMC 5nm/6nm TSMC 5nm/6nm TSMC 7nm TSMC 5nm/6nm
TBP 355 W 315 W 260 W 335 W 263 W
Launch Price $999 $899 $549 $1099 $499

Considering that both the RX 7900 GRE and previous-gen RX 6950 XT have a 80 CUs (5120 shaders) and the same 576 GB/s of memory bandwidth from identical 16GB GDDR6 configurations, performance deltas between the two may be slight. On the other hand, the RX 6950 XT has double the Infinity Cache (128MB vs. the 7900 GRE’s 64MB), though it is previous-gen. Another difference is that the RX 7900 GRE has an edge in ROP count – 160 vs. 128 with the RX 6950 XT.

This is a partner-only launch (no reference cards), so expect cards from the usual suspects – including Sapphire, naturally. And speaking of Sapphire…


Behold – the first Sapphire card we’ve looked at in some time that doesn’t have an understated black color scheme:

Sapphire PULSE Radeon RX 7900 GRE Card

Sapphire is lending us their “PURE” model for this review, which, at a list price of $569 USD, sits $20 above the base $549 price (their PULSE pricing mirror’s AMD’s list price as usual). This particular card is white, as you can plainly see, with a sizable triple-fan cooler. There is also a red LED accent for the logo on the side of the card (and an LED switch to disable this).


PC Perspective GPU Test Platform
Processor AMD Ryzen 9 7950X (Stock)
Motherboard MSI MEG X670E ACE
Resizable BAR Enabled
Memory 32GB (16GBx2) G.Skill Trident Z5 @ DDR5-6000 CL30
Storage SK Hynix Platinum P41 2TB NVMe SSD
Power Supply be quiet! Dark Power Pro 12 1500W
Operating System Windows 11 Pro, 22H2
Drivers Adrenalin –
GeForce Game Ready Driver 526.72 – 551.15

We begin with a couple of 3DMark results:

Sapphire PURE RX 7900 GRE TS Extreme Chart
Sapphire PURE RX 7900 GRE Speed Way Chart

This may end up being a less exciting launch that one might hope for, if gains over the Radeon RX 6950 XT remain small.

On to some Ultrawide results:

Sapphire PURE RX 7900 GRE Cyberpunk Chart
Sapphire PURE RX 7900 GRE Far Cry 6 Chart
Sapphire PURE RX 7900 GRE F1 22 Chart
Sapphire PURE RX 7900 GRE ME EE Chart

Well, we didn’t test enough games (or settings) to make this a comprehensive review, but I think these findings at least strongly suggest that the Radeon RX 7900 GRE is going to be a little faster than the RX 6950 XT in most instances.

It’s hard to get excited about drop-in replacements for previous-gen GPUs that offer very small performance gains, but at least this one is going to sell in the $549 – $599 range that the Radeon RX 6950 XT had occupied for so many recent months.

As to power consumption, this managed to remain close to its rated 260W, on average:

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Load power averaged approximately 266 watts during this Speed Way test run, though peaks were up to 340 watts.

Final Thoughts

So that’s it, a quick review of a product that was actually launched over six months ago in China, and now serves to improve AMD’s global Radeon product offering in this RDNA 3 generation. It has a lot to offer for the very modest $50 increase over the Radeon RX 7800 XT (list price), but isn’t covering any new ground – particularly for Radeon RX 6950 XT owners.

This Radeon RX 7900 GRE launch is more about availability and pricing than anything else, and it makes sense to bring over the Golden Rabbit Edition now that it appears that the RX 6950 XT is finally fading away. Indeed, the 6950 XT had been available until very recently at the same $549 USD price point as this 7900 GRE, but a look at Newegg as I write this shows those cards as “out of stock” now.

On the pricing front, the Sapphire lineup looks like this at launch:

  • PULSE RX 7900 GRE: $549
  • PURE RX 7900 GRE: $569 (as reviewed)
  • NITRO+ RX 7900 GRE: $599
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The Sapphire PURE card we tested looks nice, runs very quietly, and keeps the GPU very cool (in our brief testing we saw nothing higher under load than 61 C). As you may have noticed, this PURE model from Sapphire features an all-white design, from shroud and fans to metal backplate. For some, that aspect of the design alone will be well worth the modest $20 premium over the RX 7900 GRE base price.

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Editor-in-Chief at PC Perspective. Writer of computer stuff, vintage PC nerd, and full-time dad. Still in search of the perfect smartphone. In his nonexistent spare time Sebastian's hobbies include hi-fi audio, guitars, and road bikes. Currently investigating time travel.

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