AMD unveils Radeon RX 6000 series graphic cards: Price and Availability

AMD unveils Radeon RX 6000 series graphic cards: Price and Availability

The newly launched Radeon GPUs go up against the Nvidia RTX 3000 series graphic cards

There is no doubt that this year has had some major and exciting product launches for gamers. We’ve seen Nvidia announce its new RTX 3000 GPU range and the Xbox Series X and Playstation 5 consoles hit the shelves next month. Today AMD is joining the fray of major gaming-related launches by announcing its new Radeon RX 6000 series of GPUs.

The RX 6000 series is specced and priced to offer a real challenge to Nvidia's RTX 3000 cards. There are three graphics cards that AMD has announced: Radeon RX 6900 XT, RX 6800 XT and RX 6800. The three, on paper, go up against Nvidia’s RTX 3090, RTX 3080 and RTX 3070. The company claims that the top-of-the-line RX 6900 XT will be one of the fastest GPUs in the world.

What's new in the RX 6000 GPUs?

The three GPUs are based on the new 7nm AMD RDNA 2 gaming architecture. The new architecture provides up to 2x improvement in performance over the previous generation AMD flagship. One source of the improvement is something called “Infinity Cache,” essentially 128MB of on-die cache to reduce latency in GPU processing. The company isn’t providing many other specifics on how it’s achieving these gains.

RDNA 2 architecture also includes support for Microsoft's DirectX 12 Ultimate API. This enables support for features like hardware-accelerated ray tracing, variable rate shading, mesh shaders, and sampler feedback, features that were previously only available on select NVIDIA GPUs.

AMD is also introducing “Rage Mode” with its new cards, which is essentially one-click overclocking to boost performance. And if you’ve got a Ryzen 5000 series CPU, you can also take advantage of “Smart Access Memory” to give the GPU better memory performance with the CPU.

Ray tracing will likely be the one most were looking forward to. AMD announced a handful of titles that will be available soon that support ray tracing on AMD cards, although technically nothing really stops the existing titles such as Control, Metro Exodus, Battlefield V, etc.

Let's have a look at the specs prices and availability of the newly launched AMD GPUs and how they stand up against Nvidia's RTX 3000 series.

RX 6900 XT

The Radeon RX 6900 XT will be AMD's new flagship card and the most powerful Radeon graphics card ever. These are the AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT specs:

  • 80 compute units

  • 2,015MHz game clock

  • 2,250MHz boost clock

  • 128MB Infinity cache

  • 16GB GDDR6 memory

  • 300W total board power

AMD is pitching the RX 6900 XT against Nvidia's RTX 3090. That card is one of the most expensive GPUs you can buy, starting at $1,499 for Nvidia's Founders Edition. As we expected, the AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT is priced a bit below that at $999.

From AMD's own tests, it looks like the AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT does a good job of matching the RTX 3090 in most games, offering better framerates at 4K and at the highest graphical settings.

RX 6800 XT

The RX 6800 XT will be AMD's new high-end graphics card aimed at gamers who want to experience. These are the AMD RX 6800 XT specs:

  • 72 Compute units

  • 2,015MHz game clock

  • 2,250MHz boost clock

  • 128MB Infinity cache

  • 16GB GDDR6 memory

  • 300W total board power

AMD is pitching the RX 6800 XT against Nvidia's RTX 3080. The RX 6800 XT is priced at $649. This puts pressure on Nvidia, as its RTX 3080 is $699. By charging a lower price than Nvidia, AMD could sway potential RTX 3080 buyers to go for the RX 6800 XT instead, especially if the RTX 3080 remains hard to buy due to stock shortages.

AMD claims in it's charts that the Radeon RX 6800 XT performs about on par with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080, even outperforming it in some cases.

RX 6800

The Radeon RX 6800 is set to be AMD'S most affordable graphic card which will offer highest value for money and will be a viable option for budget gamers. These are the AMD RX 6800 specs:

  • 60 Compute units

  • 1,815 MHz game clock

  • 2,105 MHz boost clock

  • 128MB Infinity cache

  • 16GB GDDR6 memory

  • 250W total board power

The 6800 is priced at $579 will mostly compete with the $499 RTX 3070, even though it's more expensive.

AMD claims in its charts that the 6800 is faster than the RTX 2080 Ti, which has similar levels of performance as the RTX 3070. However, we would take this chart with an even bigger pinch of salt as it makes use of Smart Access Memory.

Availability

The RX 6800 XT and it's sibling will be available on sale starting November 18 on AMD.com . The RX 6900 XT will be available starting December 8 for $999. Cards will also be available from the usual board partners, such as ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, PowerColor, SAPPHIRE, and XFX in November.

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