AMD is today releasing three new Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards, led by the boldly powerful AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT. While not a direct replacement for the RX 6900XT, the RX 6950 XT is now AMD’s most powerful graphics card. With that title comes the promise of high frame rate 4K gaming, but also a hefty price tag.
The RX 6950 XT is priced at $1,099 for the reference model. They will be sold on AMD’s own online store, although its many card partners also have third-party models available at or close to launch. The prices of these personalized cards can go up a little more.
In its freshly painted black reference design, however, AMD is only asking $100 more than an RX 6900 XT for its latest revision.
What you get for an extra $100 sounds like it might be worth it – I’ve heard of huge price jumps for less, at least. The RX 6950 XT comes with 16GB of GDDR6 memory rated to run at 18Gbps out of the box. That means it’s a touch faster than the 16Gbps memory in the old RX 6900 XT.
The Navi 21 GPU in the RX 6950 XT is also rated to run faster, up from 2310 MHz to the 2250 MHz of the 6900 XT. Of course, you can improve this with overclocking, and third-party models may already offer an out-of-the-box OC, but basically we’re looking at a slightly more capable chip guaranteed in the RX 6950 XT.
In exchange for those faster speeds and feeds, the RX 6950 XT is rated for 335W card power out of the box, while the RX 6900 XT is a 300W card. In terms of core count and core specs, the RX 6950 XT is materially the same as the RX 6900 XT.
|RX 6950XT||RX 6900XT|
|Architecture||RDNA 2||RDNA 2|
|Process||TSMC 7nm||TSMC 7nm|
|Game GPU clock (MHz)||2,100||2015|
|Increase GPU clock (MHz)||2,310||2,250|
|Memory||16 GB GDDR6||16 GB GDDR6|
|memory speed||18 Gbps||16 Gbps|
|Board power (Watts)||335||300|
With all updates accounted for, AMD calculates that the RX 6950 XT will gain a handful of fps in the latest games over the RX 6900 XT. It also sees it as much more of a competitor for Nvidia’s RTX 3090. We’ll have to test these claims in the near future – although we’d love to provide preliminary results today, as we’d hoped our RX 6950 XT sample is currently stuck in customs.
The RX 6950 XT, RX 6750 XT, and RX 6650 XT are one last hurray for RDNA 2. AMD is squeezing every bit of performance out of these SKUs before replacing them with RDNA 3 graphics cards later this year. AMD is still on track to deliver these high-end cards this year, which means the RX 6950 XT’s time as a performance champion is fleeting.
That doesn’t make it any less of a 4K monster in the meantime, though.
For the more affordable GPUs also released today: the RX 6750 XT and RX 6650 XT.
The RX 6750 XT comes with 40 CUs, 12GB of GDDR6 memory at 18Gbps and a boost clock of 2600MHz. While the RX 6650 XT comes with 32 CUs, 8GB of GDDR6 memory at 18Gbps and a boost clock of 2635MHz.
|RX 6950XT||RX 6750XT||RX 6650XT|
|Architecture||RDNA 2||RDNA 2||RDNA 2|
|Process||TSMC 7nm||TSMC 7nm||TSMC 7nm|
|Game GPU clock (MHz)||2,100||2,495||2,410|
|Increase GPU clock (MHz)||2,310||2,600||2,635|
|Memory||16 GB GDDR6||12 GB GDDR6||8 GB GDDR6|
|memory speed||18 Gbps||18 Gbps||18 Gbps|
|Board power (Watts)||335||250||180|
The RX 6750 XT will be available for purchase in reference suits, although the RX 6650 XT pictured above is just a render and doesn’t actually exist. Only third-party models is then. The RX 6650 XT is also the only one of the three upgraded boards to replace any of the current batteries: the RX 6600 XT will be gone when supplies run out.
We expect all three to be readily available for purchase. Graphics cards are still in short supply and prices are often still absurdly high, but AMD’s RX 6900 XT is one of the few these days. available everywhere, and for MSRP. That could bode well for these new updated numbers, but we’ll have to wait and see.