AMD announced three new graphics cards with RDNA 2 architecture today. They all have faster memory than 18 Gbps and higher GPU hours, but the disadvantage is higher power consumption and higher MSRP. Earlier today we published our in-depth review of the AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT, a very thick Sapphire Nitro + Pure model. While you wait for our RX 6750 XT and RX 6650 XT models to go through the labs and under the watchful eyes of our graphics editor, it’s worth taking a look at the changes to the specs provided by the rest of the family.
Productivity, power and price (reference card)
According to AMD’s own tests, the AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT provides 4.6% faster 4K games in ten modern games than the RX 6900 XT. To achieve this, it uses 11.7% more power and costs 10% more money using AMD’s own data.
A similar analysis of the RX 6750 XT in 1440p games suggests that it has an 11.7% increase in performance compared to its older brother, while consuming up to 8.7% more power at a price of 14.6% higher.
Finally, the RX 6650 XT, tested by AMD in 1080p games, is 4.8% faster than the RX 6600 XT, but will consume up to 12.5% more power and will sell for 5.3% markup. Not exactly ringing approval and mostly factory overclocked card, except with faster memory.
If we can rely on AMD’s internal data and MSRP data, the value proposition is generally quite weak. Each new card has an advertised increase in performance that is exceeded by the increase in MSRP. In addition, they will all be more energy-hungry, and as next-generation GPUs wait later this year, we’re not convinced that upgrading to a new card makes much sense right now.
|Graphic card||RX 6950 XT||RX 6900 XT||RX 6750 XT||RX 6700 XT||RX 6650 XT||RX 6600 XT|
|Architecture||Navi 21||Navi 21||Navi 22||Navi 22||Navi 23||Navi 23|
|Process technology||TSMC N7||TSMC N7||TSMC N7||TSMC N7||TSMC N7||TSMC N7|
|Matrix size (mm ^ 2)||519||519||336||336||237||237|
|SMs / CUs||80||80||40||40||32||32|
|Beam tracking cores||80||80||40||40||32||32|
|Clock acceleration (MHz)||2310||2250||2600||2581||2635||2589|
|VRAM speed (Gbps)||18||16||18||16||18||16|
|VRAM bus width||256||256||192||192||128||128|
|TFLOPS FP32 (Boost)||23.7||23.0||13.3||13.2||10.8||10.6|
|Start date||May 2022||December 2020||May 2022||March 2021||May 2022||August 2021|
|Starting price||$ 1,099||$ 999||$ 549||$ 479||$ 399||$ 379|
We have already published our in-depth review of the RX 6950 XT, with an accompanying video, on a nice but bulky (3.5-slot and 332 mm long) sample from Sapphire. We have a review of the Asus Radeon RX 6750 XT currently in the works and will publish a review of the RX 6650 XT sample in the near future after the card arrives from abroad.
Today, AMD also announced the first batch of FSR 2.0-compatible PC games, unveiled a new Raise the Game package, and released a new graphics card driver offering initial support for Radeon RX 6×50 XT cards.
We will update our list of the best graphics cards, including all the new Team Red graphics cards that make the class, as well as the new SKUs that are highlighted in our regular GPU pricing reviews.