Increasing power consumption with graphics cards has been a constant response for consumers over the past few years. We often say that RTX 40 series graphics cards that come with ‘Ada Lovelace’ architecture will consume more power. On the other hand, there’s AMD’s all-new RDNA 3 architecture and Radeon RX 7000 series graphics cards.
Tom’s Hardware asked several questions in an interview with AMD’s Sam Nafziger. The man is said to have worked for AMD for several years and has been involved in several projects. It seems that the issue of efficiency and power consumption will play a big role in the next generation architecture. AMD claims that with RDNA 3 it will offer >50% better power efficiency compared to the RDNA 2 architecture. However, AMD will have to choose this route as competitors increase performance along with power consumption.
Sam Nafziger, Senior Vice President, Corporate Member, and Product Technology Architect, says:
“Demands for gaming and computing performance are growing exponentially, and at the same time, the underlying process technology (and the rate of improvement) is slowing quite dramatically. So power levels will continue to rise. We now have a The long-term plan is to stabilize the curve, yielding significant performance improvements.
Performance is king. But if the competition demands it, we may need to increase the power level even if our designs are more powerful.
Naffziger points out that AMD will have to further increase its power consumption for competitive reasons. With NVIDIA’s upcoming GeForce RTX 40 series, TDP values are said to reach as high as 600W, and power ratings as high as 800W. Long story short, AMD Radeon RX 7000 series graphics cards will also use more power.