However, it appears that future Nitro and other custom cards will be released a few weeks after AMD RX 7900 reference designs.
Sapphire has posted on social media what appears to be its first Radeon RX 7900 XTX / 7900 XT teaser. On Twitter, the AMD-exclusive partner shared a brief video clip of an enticing pink LED-lit silver and black graphics card. In related news, discussions on China’s Bobantang forums suggest that at launch, only AMD reference design cards will be available (December 13). Gamers, PC DIYers, and enthusiasts will have to wait another one or two weeks for custom models, such as the teased Sapphire cards, to become available.
The full Sapphire video teaser is embedded above; however, not much is revealed. We only see a triple fan graphics card with pink LED edging. This triple fan design, like most triple fan designs, employs an alternate spinning layout, with only the center fan rotating clockwise. According to what we can see, the design is very premium, making the upcoming Sapphire graphics card look like an MSI Suprim model.
First, AMD Reference Models?
On the Chinese tech forum Bobantang, there are some intriguing rumors about the upcoming AMD RDNA 3 flagship pair’s launch date. AMD has already confirmed that the Radeon RX 7900 XTX and 7900 XT will be available on December 13th. Customers’ options, according to China tech forum rumors, will be limited to AMD reference designs. This restriction, according to the tech forum rumor, will be lifted one or two weeks after the initial December 13 launch.
Official release date – only for reference designs?
Another detail from the Bobantang post is likely to be more concerning. It implies that custom designs by AMD partners will be more expensive than reference models. According to the leaks, AMD reference designs resemble some of the more modest upcoming RDNA 3 graphics cards. In some cases, partner designs appear almost as bulky as the latest GeForce RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 graphics cards.