After quite a few leaks and rumors, the AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT has arrived, accompanied by the Radeon RX 6750 XT and RX 6650 XT. With sooner reminiscence, sooner GPU clocks, and modest will increase in energy consumption, AMD’s quickest can compete in opposition to Nvidia’s quickest and take some essential wins. 4K and ray tracing nonetheless favor Nvidia, however at practically double the fee, it is laborious to justify transferring to the RTX 3090 Ti† Nonetheless, for anybody who needs most AMD efficiency, the 6950 XT ranks because the finest graphics card from Crew Crimson and even takes the highest spot in our GPU benchmarks hierarchy, at the least for the normal rank.
AMD sadly did not present any samples of its new playing cards, and regardless of our greatest efforts, we have been solely capable of buy the RX 6950 XT earlier than launch – because of Sapphire. We’ll have RX 6750 XT and RX 6650 XT critiques within the close to future, and we have already got an Asus RX 6750 XT in hand (it arrived yesterday, however testing is not completed but). As with the launch of Nvidia’s RTX 3090 Ti, this implies we’ll be utilizing manufacturing facility overclocked playing cards, which might be positive as that is what most individuals will purchase anyway. Here is the specs breakdown for the perfect AMD and Nvidia GPUs, plus the opposite two new AMD choices.
|Graphics Card||RX 6950 XT Sapphire||RX 6950 XT||RTX 3090 Ti||RX 6750 XT||RX 6650 XT|
|structure||Navi 21||Navi 21||GA102||Navi 22||Navi 23|
|Course of know-how||TSMC N7||TSMC N7||Samsung 8N||TSMC N7||TSMC N7|
|Die measurement (mm^2)||519||519||628.4||336||237|
|Texting / CUs||80||80||84||40||32|
|Ray Tracing Cores||80||80||84||40||32|
|Enhance Clock (MHz)||2435||2310||1860||2600||2635|
|VRAM Pace (Gbps)||18||18||21||18||18|
|VRAM bus width||256||256||384||192||128|
|TFLOPS FP32 (Enhance)||24.9||23.7||40||13.3||10.8|
|TFLOPS FP16 (Tensor)||N/A||N/A||160 (320)||N/A||N/A|
|Launch date||Could-22||Could-22||March twenty second||Could-22||Could-22|
The three new fashions from AMD take the present Navi 21, 22 and 23 GPUs of their most configurations and add 18 Gbps GDDR6 reminiscence, barely larger energy ranges and better costs. The RX 6900 XT and RX 6700 XT will apparently be bought alongside the newcomers, whereas the RX 6600 XT shall be phased out and the RX 6650 XT would be the sole alternative. AMD hasn’t introduced any official value modifications for the 6900 or 6700 playing cards but, although we’re RX 6900 XT sells for simply $900 (after a $50 low cost) previously week.
It is going to be attention-grabbing to see how retail costs change within the coming months, as many graphics card producers nonetheless appear to be fascinated about 2021. AMD initially gave a goal value of $1299 for the 6950 XT, however lowered that to $1,099 a couple of days later, probably as a result of suggestions from the press informing it. Nvidia’s stratospheric pricing on the 3090 Ti may make AMD’s costs take a look at least considerably affordable, however virtually talking the 6950 would most likely have been a $700-$800 card within the pre-pandemic days.
Sapphire’s 6950 XT Nitro+ Pure tacks one other $150 off the reference value, but in addition boosts the increase clock by about 5% and provides loads of bling for good measure. On paper, the reference 6950 XT has 12.5% extra reminiscence bandwidth than the reference 6900 XT, whereas the sport clock is just 85 MHz larger (2100 MHz vs. 2015 MHz). That is a small 4.2% enchancment in theoretical clock speeds, however as we’ll see later, the factory-overclocked Sapphire card tends to clock a lot larger than the said Recreation Clock and even the Enhance Clock.
The upper energy restrict additionally performs a job, and whereas Sapphire did not specify an official TBP (Typical Board Energy) and solely gave TGP (Whole Graphics Energy, which measures solely the ability consumption consumed by the primary GPU chip), all of us bought it. informed. d expects the efficiency to be about 10% than that of the 6900 XT. As we are going to quickly see, that’s typically the case, however there are instances the place the 6950 XT delivers a lot larger efficiency.