AMD Radeon 7000 series with increased power Tom’s Hardware published an article after interviewing Sam Naffziger from AMD (Senior VP). This person has been with AMD for many years and has been responsible for many designs. He was also part of the AMD team behind chiplet architecture, which is...
“The demand for gaming and compute performance is, if anything, just accelerating, and at the same time, the underlying process technology is slowing down pretty dramatically — and the improvement rate. So the power levels are just going to keep going up. Now, we’ve got a multi-year roadmap of very significant efficiency improvements to offset that curve, but the trend is there.” […]
“Performance is king, but even if our designs are more power-efficient, that doesn’t mean you don’t push power levels up if the competition is doing the same thing. It’s just that they’ll have to push them a lot higher than we will.”
— Sam Naffziger, AMD’s Senior Vice President, Corporate Fellow, and Product Technology Architect
We already had news about the RTX 4000 having greater power usage, and now we get the confirmation that RDNA3 will also increase power usage. The question is how much it will increase.
This is not good news for people who want a cool and quiet system. It's neither good, at a time when prices for energy are going up.
It's also not good news for mid-gen console refreshes, whether they'll use RDNA3 or RDNA4.
I wonder if we'll see the Pro consoles going close to 300 watts.