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Four AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX custom designs on test

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What advantages or disadvantages do custom designs of the AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX with Navi 31 GPU offer compared to the reference design in terms of performance, noise, temperatures and consumption? ComputerBase has put the Asus TUF Gaming OC, PowerColor Hellhound, Sapphire Nitro+ and XFX Merc 310 to the test.

AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX Custom Designs Review

Radeon RX 7900 XTX and Radeon RX 7900 XT (test) have been available for purchase since December 13, tests of AMD’s reference designs were allowed the day before. The embargo on tests of the custom designs, on the other hand, fell a day later together with the start of sales, but this timeframe was not only too ambitious for ComputerBase. Testing custom designs also takes time – even when things are going smoothly. And since not everything went smoothly, the first Radeon RX 7900 XTX custom design comparison is only available today.

Asus TUF Gaming OC vs PowerColor Hellhound vs Sapphire Nitro+ vs XFX Merc 310

Four different custom graphics cards have been found for this, with everything from the “budget model” with the same RRP as AMD’s own RX 7900 XTX (1,149 euros) to the powerful “premium version”. Specifically tested:

  • Asus Radeon RX 7900 XTX TUF Gaming OC
  • PowerColor Radeon RX 7900 XTX Hellhound
  • Sapphire Radeon RX 7900 XT Nitro+
  • XFX Radeon RX 7900 XTX Merc 310

The four test candidates at a glance

Asus Radeon RX 7900 XTX TUF Gaming (OC)

With the Radeon RX 7900 XTX TUF Gaming (OC), Asus is launching the cooler design known from the TUF series from the GeForce RTX 4000 generation, which was already convincing there. The graphics card looks and feels high quality, only those who like RGB will not be served with the small TUF logo at the end of the gigantic graphics card.

With the 3.6-slot cooler with a length of 35.5 cm and a weight of 2.2 kg, the graphics card is one of the largest and heaviest on the market, and it will not fit in every tower. For the increased boost clock of 2,565 MHz (standard: 2,500 MHz) compared to the reference, Asus has switched to three 8-pin connectors in the Radeon RX 7900 XTX TUF, since two of them are already in AMD’s reference design (max. 366 watts over twice 8 pin and PCIe slot) have been at the limit. The graphics card has two different BIOS versions (Performance and Quiet), which only have an impact on the fan control – TGP, TGP margin and clock rates are identical. Asus does not communicate an official EIA.

The Asus Radeon RX 7900 XTX TUF OC

PowerColor Radeon RX 7900 XTX Hellhound

The PowerColor Radeon RX 7900 XTX Hellhound is a “budget model” that starts at the same RRP as the reference design: 1,149 euros. You have to make compromises in terms of optics and haptics, but the graphics card, which is comparatively light at 1.5 kg, doesn’t look cheap. With three fans that always light up blue, the model can even shine very brightly if desired, and the lighting can be switched on and off using a dip switch.

The Hellhound also offers two BIOS versions that affect fan control and, in this case, GPU power. Like the reference, the design is content with two 8-pin power connectors and does not go to the maximum possible limit.

The PowerColor Radeon RX 7900 XTX Hellhound

Sapphire Radeon RX 7900 XTX Nitro+

Like Asus, Sapphire goes all out with the TUF on the Radeon RX 7900 XT Nitro+. With a 3.5 slot and a length of 32 cm, the Nitro+ remains more compact and also a bit lighter (1.9 kg), but the elaborately designed graphics card still looks high-quality and powerful.

With a maximum boost clock of 2,680 MHz ex works, the graphics card theoretically offers the highest clock in the test field, the three 8-pin power connectors and the TGP of 339 watts support the claim. If you don’t want to get the maximum out of it, but place more value on quiet operation, you can select the alternative BIOS, which is clearly reserved in terms of TGP and frequencies. The RGB lighting of the Nitro+ is of high quality and designed over a large area.

The Sapphire Radeon RX 7900 XTX Nitro+

XFX Radeon RX 7900 XT Merc 310 at a glance

The XFX Radeon RX 7900 XT Merc 310 also belongs to the premium group and is based on the previous generation in terms of design. Visually, the graphics card is reserved and with the exception of the plastic on the cooler, this design also looks high-quality. Above all, the functionally questionable but powerful backplate is impressive. The XFX logo is illuminated in white, but RGB is not offered. The 34 cm long graphics card offers three 8-pin power connectors and two BIOS versions, whereby the alternative BIOS is explicitly intended for OC attempts, according to XFX, but is not tested in advance – a stable system is therefore not guaranteed. With the OC-BIOS, the Merc 310 offers the same high clock rates and TGP values ​​as Sapphire’s Nitro+.

The XFX Radeon RX 7900 XTX Merc 310

The pattern went wrong at first

However, the sample provided to the XFX editors did not adhere to these specifications: whichever BIOS was activated, the graphics card always behaved in the same way and that was something to be heard about. After consultation with the manufacturer, who had not heard of any such case to date, it was finally clear: the sample had the full-power BIOS installed twice. The editors had to re-flash the primary BIOS with the standard OC BIOS before testing could continue. The series is said to not have this problem because it went through a different software deployment process than the early samples.

This is how the custom designs clock in games

The Sapphire Radeon RX 7900 XTX Nitro+ clocks by far the highest of the custom designs tested when running on the factory BIOS. 2,776 MHz with the standard BIOS in God of War is a decent 257 MHz higher than AMD’s reference design, in Doom Eternal and Spider-Man the frequencies are almost as high. With the alternative BIOS, God of War still runs at 2,587 MHz, which is still 68 MHz more than the reference design.

Monitor connections of the RX 7900 XTX custom designs
Monitor connections of the RX 7900 XTX custom designs
RX 7900 XTX custom design by Asus, XFX, Sapphire and PowerColor
RX 7900 XTX custom design by Asus, XFX, Sapphire and PowerColor

The Asus Radeon RX 7900 XTX TUF OC delivers the second highest clock – regardless of the BIOS – the XFX achieves a similarly high clock with the alternative full-power BIOS.

Actual average clock speeds in Fractal Design torrent

The PowerColor Radeon RX 7900 XTX Hellhound clocks the lowest. With the OC-BIOS, God of War runs at 2,539 MHz, which is 20 MHz more than the reference design. With the silent BIOS, however, the clock of 2,498 MHz falls 21 MHz below the reference clock and the graphics card with the second BIOS also clocks slightly lower than AMD’s own version in Doom Eternal and Spider-Man.

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The best contents of the week in MuyPymes

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As every Sunday we end the week with a new review of the best content that we have published in MuyPymes. This compilation will allow you to find the most important information of the last seven days just one click away. Have a good Monday.

  • How Digital Transformation enables the four-day work week.
  • Production with robots would be paralyzed for weeks, in the event of a cyber attack.
  • These are the main novelties that the self-employed will face in the next two years.
  • Renting Finders joins the Lanzadera program.
  • How do I know if I’m eligible for Windows 11?
  • Cybercriminals are using OneNote to spread malware.
  • 85% of Spanish workers will not ask for a salary increase this year.
  • 70% of Spanish managers avoid the mental health problems of their teams.
  • What future does face-to-face events hold: the opinion of the expert.
  • The Christmas campaign closed with an increase in online purchases of 13%.
  • Four reasons why consumers opt for chatbots.
  • Google for Startups creates a specialized cybersecurity program.
  • Samsung will launch the new Galaxy Book3 on February 1.
  • Canon reinforces its digital services thanks to its Document Services Hub.
  • 86% of users will prefer pay-as-you-go over long-term licenses.
  • Digital workers do not want to return to the office: 80% would leave the job.
  • Four out of 10 self-employed expect a drop in activity due to inflation.
  • NVIDIA launches new Studio Drivers drivers, we review their keys.
  • Sony introduces new Crystal LED BH and CH series monitors.
  • Epson and Yuima Nakazato together for a sustainable future in the world of fashion.
  • AOC launches its new range of P3 monitors for professionals.
  • New NUC with Intel Alder Lake-N CPU, powerful and compact.
  • Acer launches a 16-inch ultraportable with 4K resolution.

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The most frequent problems regarding time control

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As indicated from Woffu, time control managementIn addition to being a legal necessity, it is one of the main headaches for HR managers. The company highlights the main difficulties when it comes to managing the presence and absence of workers and how to solve them.

Waste of time solving incidents

One of the main problems that HR managers encounter is the time invested in solving incidents caused by disconnected tools, which do not have the technology to integrate vacations and absences with the presence in the same tool.

Many companies manage absence requests by email, paper or Excel sheets, for example, which do not allow them to attach supporting documents. In this way, as they point out from Woffu “team leaders waste hours and hours searching for and requesting receipts, reviewing who is working and who is not available. This prevents them from focusing on valuable tasks.”

Non-digitized HR processes

In the same way, one of the obstacles in the management of time control is the lack of digitization. Since the Time Control Law does not specify whether it must be done with a tool designed for it, there are many companies that choose for continuing to register on paper or in Excel sheets. “Companies waste a lot of time by manually recording the hours worked and the reasons for absence, in addition to the fact that the margin of error is greater and the data obtained is not reliable”, They comment from Woffu.

In addition, in many companies, the tools used do not allow managing the signing of a hybrid work model or a work model only remotely. Therefore, by not having this digitization, the company lacks data and information that helps to understand its reality, such as the absenteeism rate, departments that telework the most, etc.

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Lack of visibility of the days of absence and presence

Another of the common problems is that the company usually lacks visibility of the days of absence and presence of employees or between teams. This translates into a waste of time asking or searching emails or notifications for the availability of the rest of the team. Related to that lack of visibility is the fact that employees may believe that their overtime is not being recorded. This leads to disgruntled and distrustful employees.

Tools that do not meet the needs

It may happen that HR software has been hired, but when employees and managers use it to record the workday, or to request medical hours, the tool does not meet usability standards. Or it does not allow a real-time connection with visualization on any device. In this case, it is best to test the tool before entering into a deal. Make sure that it is user friendly and that it responds to the needs of both employees and HR managers. We must try to make the use of the labor registration tool as easy and bearable as possible, so it will be possible to ensure its daily use and full adoption by the workforce.

Time Control Law

Despite the fact that it has been more than four years since the implementation of the Control Law, it is still an aspect of business management that continues to generate controversy and controversy. In fact, according to data published by Grupo SPEC, half of the companies would not pass an inspection by the hourly register three years after the law. In fact, from September 2019 to May 2022, inspectors have detected a total of 3,299 violations in the registration of working hours throughout Spain and have imposed a total of 4.7 million euros in fines.

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Acer launches a 16-inch ultraportable with 4K resolution

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The new Acer Swift Edge is presented as a new high-performance ultraportable, and despite everything it maintains a very contained weight. This computer comes configured with a Ryzen 7 Pro 6850U APU, a chip that can be configured with a Zen 3+ CPU and a Radeon 680M GPU based on RDNA2 architecture. The processor has 8 cores and 16 threads at 2.7 GHz base frequency and 4.7 GHz speed in turbo mode, and the GPU has 768 shaders.

Despite being a low power solution, that APU is capable of delivering an excellent level of performance, and its integrated GPU can outperform dedicated solutions like the NVIDIA MX450so it’s a really interesting APU. The memory configuration that Acer has used in this equipment impresses, since we have a total of 16 GB of LPDDR5 memory at 6,400 MHz in the most powerful version, which translates into high bandwidth.

The screen of the Acer Swift Edge is 16 inches, you can mount a OLED panel with 4K resolution capable of reproducing 100% of the DCI-P3 color space and is TUV RHEINLAND certified, indicating both high quality color reproduction and low blue light emissions. The rest of its specifications are completed with a 1 TB M.2 SSD with PCIe 4.0 x4 interface, Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity and a FullHD webcam.

The range of connectors that the Acer Swift Edge brings is up to the equipment, and we can highlight the presence of two USB 4 connectors, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, a 3.5 mm jack and an HDMI output. In its base configuration, this equipment weighs only 1.17 kilograms, its chassis is made of a magnesium aluminum alloy and offers a range of up to 7 and a half hours for each battery charge. Its price will be 1,200 euros in its base configuration.

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