This week, AMD is formally asserting its refreshed household of RDNA2 GPUs. The Radeon 6950 XT, Radeon 6750 XT, and Radeon 6650 XT are replacements and/or additions to the Radeon 6900 XT, 6700 XT, and 6600 XT. Minimal costs for every card are $1099, $549, and $399 every. The Radeon 6800 XT isn’t being refreshed, however it isn’t being changed both and can stay in-market, as will the Radeon 6700 XT. The Radeon 6600 XT will probably be retired.
The 6950 XT is $100 costlier than the Radeon 6900 XT, whereas the Radeon 6750 XT is 1.15x costlier (up from $479). The Radeon 6650 XT is simply $20 extra. Clocks and reminiscence bandwidth have been barely improved, although TBP (Complete Board Energy) has risen accordingly, up 35W to 335W for the Radeon RX 6950 XT and 20W to 250W and 180W for the 6750 XT and 6650 XT.
GPU clocks are almost an identical between the 6×00 and 6×50 fashions. The Radeon RX 6950 XT has a base clock of two.1GHz and a lift clock of two.31GHz, up 4.2 % and a couple of.6 % respectively. The 6750 XT is 2.9 % and 0.07 % quicker than the 6700 XT (don’t knock yourselves out), and the 6650 XT is 2.2 % and 1.7 % quicker than its predecessor. VRAM capacities are an identical between refreshed RDNA2 and the unique taste. Whereas AMD’s companions have some leeway to promote their very own customized overclocked playing cards, AMD distributors don’t sometimes push their GPUs very arduous. AMD tends to clock its reference playing cards aggressively and doesn’t depart numerous clock leeway.
VRAM speeds, in distinction, have come up a bit. All three playing cards now discipline 18Gbps VRAM as a substitute of 16Gbps VRAM, a achieve of 1.125x. It’s not clear how reminiscence bandwidth-limited RDNA2 GPUs are, nonetheless. Our exams confirmed solely restricted proof for reminiscence bandwidth bottlenecks on the resolutions individuals are more likely to goal with these playing cards. A 12.5 % VRAM clock could be anticipated to ship between 1.05x – 1.1x further efficiency relying on how bandwidth-limited the title is. Infinity Cache distribution is unchanged on these chips. The 6950 XT has a 128MB L3, the 6750 XT makes use of a 96MB L3, and the 6650 XT has a 32MB L3.
The 6600 XT was not our favourite GPU when it debuted and the 6650 XT doesn’t do something to repair its issues. The 6750 XT and 6950 XT are better-positioned from the beginning. So far as the perfect steadiness between affordability and efficiency for AMD in the intervening time, it’s most likely going to be both the 6700 XT or the 6750 XT. Whereas I’ve expressed unhappiness with AMD’s costs up to now, effectively over a yr of sky-high pricing suggests anybody who can discover certainly one of these playing cards at or close to MSRP must seize it. The excellent news is, that’s turning into much less true by the day. General, markets look like normalizing.
AMD additionally briefly gave particulars on a brand new promotion its operating, dubbed Elevate the Sport. Titles like Saints Row and Sniper Elite 5 (with extra to be introduced) will probably be bundled with qualifying playing cards from numerous OEMs. In response to AMD, anybody who buys a GPU from a collaborating etailer will obtain a code that may be redeemed as soon as the complete particulars of the promotion can be found later this quarter.
When you’ve been eyeing an RDNA2-based GPU for some time now, these new refreshes is likely to be value trying out. Whereas they aren’t dramatically quicker than the primary fashions AMD debuted, they provide the identical advantages with a bit extra clock on high. When you aren’t offered on RDNA2 as an answer for your self in the intervening time, these playing cards are unlikely to vary your thoughts. We’ll see a extra thrilling match-up later this yr when RDNA3 and Nvidia’s Lovelace face off towards one another.