AMD introduced its newest members of the RDNA3 desktop lineup recently – the Radeon RX 7800 XT and RX 7700 XT graphics cards. These GPUs are specifically designed for the sub $500 price category, which is currently ruled by NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 4060 series. By releasing the RX 7800 XT, AMD aims to compete with NVIDIA’s RTX 4070, priced above $600. This presents AMD with a chance to encourage quick pricing changes from NVIDIA.
Curiously, MSI appears to be abstaining from participating in this release. While AMD had revealed nine launch partners for the Radeon RX 7800 XT and RX 7700 XT, including some exclusively targeting the Chinese market like Yeston/Vastarmor, MSI, once a prominent AMD partner, is notably missing from this lineup. It seems that MSI is redirecting its attention towards GeForce graphics cards.
When the Radeon RX 7600 GPU was launched in May, MSI was one of the brands mentioned and swiftly brought forth their RX 7600 Ventus GPUs. Yet, when it came to the RX 7900 series, MSI showed reluctance in releasing their Gaming models. What’s more, these cards utilized cooling solutions from the previous generation and were introduced two months after the initial launch.
Concerning the latest Navi 32 GPUs, MSI seems to be taking its time before making any announcements . Their absence as a launch partner on September 6th is quite noticeable. However, this doesn’t necessarily imply that MSI won’t eventually unveil cards for these GPUs; it merely indicates that their release might be delayed compared to other manufacturers.
While a few other manufacturers have already revealed their customized models using the Navi 32 ASIC, these releases are somewhat limited. ASUS has introduced three TUF Gaming cards available in two different colors, while Gigabyte has put forth just two models. In contrast, when it comes to NVIDIA’s RTX 4070, ASUS provides seven distinct models, and Gigabyte offers six (excluding overclocked versions).