AMD and Nvidia seemed to live in a fantasy world. They would release prices like $ 329 or $ 479 for a mid-range graphics card, knowing they would in fact pay hundreds more while pandemic intermediaries have dwindled. But today, AMD seems to be waking up.
With the recently announced $ 1099 AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT, $ 549 Radeon 6750 XT and $ 399 Radeon 6650 XT, the company is finally pricing its graphics cards based on the market instead of creating a fake MSRP. When you combine this with the fact that AMD’s graphics cards have almost returned to normal prices in general, it means that there is a chance, hell, that you can really buy these new ones at the price that AMD cites.
That’s good – because the price is the most interesting thing about the cards that AMD is announcing today.
While we heard noise on the horizon for next-generation AMD RDNA 3 chips, the new RX 6950 XT, 6750 XT and 6650 XT are nothing like that. In fact, they are not new GPUs at all. As the “50” in their names may suggest, they are a direct improvement on the existing RX 6900 XT, 6700 XT and 6600 XT with literally the same silicon, only with new firmware for faster watches and faster memory.
And while any increase in performance is nice, it won’t be much: each 50 card offers a 5 to 6 percent increase over the vanilla version. In some games, the difference may be only 1 frame per second, according to AMD’s review guide. For others that work at particularly high frame rates, you may see a shot of 10 frames per second or more. In addition, these shocks do not come for free: the cards have a 20 to 35 W higher TDP than the original, theoretically draw more energy and / or produce more heat.
AMD is not trying to hide any of this. “These will not be major improvements,” the company told reporters. “Nothing has physically changed.”
Instead, the company is trying to figure out how much more performance per dollar and watt performance you can get compared to Nvidia – at the prices you’ll actually pay to get Nvidia against AMD.
Here are the charts that AMD provides:
If you can really buy these cards at these prices, it looks pretty rosy for AMD – at least for those gamers who aren’t waiting for the next generation of GPUs or prices to drop even more – at least until Nvidia makes its next move.
If you’re interested, AMD says they’ll all go on sale today with reference cooling versions of the RX 6950 XT and RX 6750 XT available at AMD and ASRock, Asus, Biostar, Gigabyte, MSI, PowerColor, Sapphire, XFX and Yeston also lined up. AMD is also sweetening the deal with a new package “Boost the game”. which should include free games with the purchase of your card.
I also suspect that we will receive feedback on these cards today. If so, we will update this story if their conclusions differ significantly from those expected based on AMD charts. I’m going to pour one for the $ 580 AMD Radeon RX 6800, the best hit for its AMD card of this generation, which precious few people have ever managed to buy at that price. AMD told reporters that the 6800 will continue to exist, but it’s hard to believe it will ever see that price again after the $ 550 6750 XT usurps its role.
Correction, 14:13 ET: The original AMD slide states that the Infinity Cache bandwidth of the 6950 XT is 1739 GB / S, but it is actually 1793 GB / S. This post already includes the correct slide.