In the last few years, AMD and NVIDIA have introduced new graphics cards with recommended prices, which, to put it mildly, did not correspond to reality. When announcing new mid-range models, companies used $400-500 price tags, which almost doubled when graphics cards got to the stores. Their value was driven by high demand amid limited supply due to a shortage of chips. However, at least AMD decided to go the other way and introduced Radeon RX 6950 XT, 6750 XT and 6650 XT graphics cards, the prices of which are based on the market, i.e. they are closer to reality than the fantastic “recommended prices”.
Thus, the cost of AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT is set at $1099, Radeon 6750 XT – $549, and the younger version of Radeon 6650 XT should cost $399. Given that AMD graphics cards have almost returned to normal prices in general, this means that the cost of new products in stores in general should correspond to the stated. This is good, because the price is, of course, the most interesting thing about the cards that AMD announced today.
The architecture of the next generation AMD RDNA 3 is still in development, so the new RX 6950 XT, 6750 XT and 6650 XT can not really be called completely new, as one can conclude from the number 50 in their name. In fact, these are direct improvements to the RX 6900 XT, 6700 XT and 6600 XT with literally the same chip, only with new firmware to increase the clock speed and faster memory.
And while higher performance is good news, it won’t be much greater: each of the new features offers just 5-6% faster performance than the previous version. In some games, the difference may be as little as 1 frame per second, according to AMD itself. In others that work with a particularly high frame rate, you will see an increase of 10 frames per second or more. In addition, the increase in clock speed was not without consequences: the cards have a 20-35 W higher TDP than the original, theoretically they consume more energy and produce more heat.
AMD is not trying to hide this. “These will not be major improvements,” the company told reporters. “Physically nothing has changed.”
Instead, the company is trying to determine how much more performance per dollar and performance per watt a buyer can get compared to NVIDIA
Here are the charts provided by AMD:
If you can buy new graphics cards at these prices, it looks pretty good for AMD, at least for those gamers who are not waiting for the next generation of GPUs or lower prices over time.
AMD says all graphics cards will go on sale in major markets today with master version coolers for the RX 6950 XT and RX 6750 XT, available from manufacturers such as ASRock, ASUS, Biostar, Gigabyte, MSI, PowerColor, Sapphire, XFX and Yeston.