The huge image: AMD’s final wave of RDNA 2 playing cards has arrived. While they will not blow anybody’s socks away, the corporate claims they excel by way of efficiency per watt and price per body when in comparison with Nvidia’s Ampere choices. Given the present market situations and RDNA 3 playing cards on the horizon, the arrival of the Radeon RX 6×50 XT sequence seems like a late and determined try to repair the bitter style left by the paper launches of the previous two years.
After a number of months of rumors, AMD at the moment formally introduced three new Radeon RX 6000 sequence graphics playing cards — the RX 6650 XT, RX 6750 XT, and a brand new RDNA 2 flagship, the RX 6950 XT. But extra importantly, Team Red appears to have adjusted the MSRP of the brand new fashions to the present market actuality as a substitute of permitting ample room for sticker worth shock as soon as they attain retailer cabinets.
The new playing cards additionally arrive at a time when AMD’s present RDNA 2 choices are lastly promoting for near MSRP and typically even beneath within the case of lower-end choices just like the RX 6500 XT. The firm even highlights worth as a bonus over Nvidia’s Ampere playing cards, and proper now there are extra causes to imagine you’ll discover these fashions in inventory and near the steered worth figures.
As anticipated, the RX 6×50 XT sequence playing cards aren’t very totally different when in comparison with the fashions they’re primarily based on. The solely notable adjustments are larger clocks, greater complete board energy (TBP), and using sooner, 18 Gbps GDDR6 reminiscence. Word on the availability chain is additionally they have firmware assist for each Samsung and Hynix reminiscence, which is one cause to be optimistic about higher availability.
The RX 6950 XT is now essentially the most highly effective AMD card within the RDNA 2 lineup, and this comes at a $100 premium over the RX 6900 XT. For $1,099, the brand new card includes a recreation clock of two,100 MHz and might enhance as much as 2,310 MHz if thermals and energy permit it. The TBP has been elevated from 300 to 335 watts on the reference mannequin, and we count on some customized fashions with beefier cooling options might be pushing that restrict even larger.
Interestingly, AMD sees the RX 6950 XT as extra of a competitor for Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3090 as a substitute of the RTX 3090 Ti. The firm claims higher price per body and efficiency per watt, however we’ll have to attend for Steve’s evaluation to see if these claims maintain.
According to Team Red’s advertising charts, the RX 6950 XT will slot in between the RTX 3090 and the RTX 3090 Ti by way of gaming efficiency, at the least when all playing cards are put in in programs with Resizable BAR (Smart Access Memory) enabled.
It’s value noting the testing was performed utilizing the Ryzen 7 5800X3D CPU on Windows 10 take a look at machines, whereas the titles examined are all DirectX 12-enabled. Still, AMD claims its newest Adrenalin drivers can squeeze as much as 10 p.c higher efficiency in DirectX 11 titles utilizing the brand new playing cards, so there’s that.
Moving on to the RX 6750 XT, we see just about the identical story of a barely larger TBP of 250 watts, which affords a recreation clock of two,495 MHz and a lift clock of as much as 2,600 MHz. It has an AMD-suggested worth of $549, and the corporate positions this as a competitor for the RTX 3070 (non-Ti) which has a barely decrease TBP of 220 watts. Even with the upper worth of Team Green’s choices, AMD did not enterprise into comparisons with something however the RTX 3070 and the RTX 3060 Ti.
Arguably a very powerful of the brand new playing cards is the RX 6650 XT, which is positioned as a direct competitor to the RTX 3060 (non-Ti) for 1080p gaming. It’s additionally the one of the three new playing cards that may substitute the mannequin it is primarily based on. In different phrases, as soon as shares of the RX 6600 XT run dry, the RX 6650 XT would be the solely card to fit in between the RX 6600 and the RX 6700 XT.
AMD has set an MSRP of $399 for the RX 6650 XT, which is a $20 premium over the RX 6600 XT. The firm says this mannequin will solely be out there from AIB companions, whereas the RX 6750 XT and the RX 6950 XT can even be out there on AMD’s on-line retailer. Better but, AMD is readying a brand new “Raise the Game” bundle supply for the brand new playing cards.
It’s additionally value noting AMD has confirmed an inventory of video games that may obtain assist for its FSR 2.0 upscaling resolution within the coming months. It contains Forspoken, EVE Online, Microsoft Flight Simulator, Perfect World Remake, Swordsman Remake, Unkown 9: Awakening, NiShuiHan, Grounded, Delysium, and Asterigos. Deathloop would be the first title to obtain assist for FSR 2.0 by way of an replace later this week.
Overall, this seems like a bland however sincere final push for AMD’s RDNA 2 era of graphics playing cards, whereas the Ryzen 5800X3D marked a becoming finish of the AM4 CPU period. Price is the place the brand new Radeon choices will shine the brightest, particularly within the present GPU market. Be certain to remain tuned as we’ll have critiques of the brand new playing cards up this week.