AMD’s rumored new GPUs may not be as fast as we hoped – but pricing could be tempting

AMD is supposed to launch its trio of refreshed RX 6000 graphics cards next week, if the rumor is correct, and we just heard some fresh hardware from the GPU vine.

This comes from Wccftech who mined their sources and released purported final specs and details on expected performance levels for the RX 6950 XT, 6750 XT and 6650 XT, along with pricing, with a mix of good and bad . news there.

The condiment shakers are ready, then, regarding this leak which claims that AMD will keep the existing RX 6900 XT (and 6700 XT plus 6600 XT) models in place and still on the shelves. So these new builds will essentially be a step up from those, kind of like a “Super” refresh from Nvidia, but here’s the key thing: the jump in performance won’t be as big.

Wccftech tells us to expect a fairly modest increase in terms of a 5-10% boost in frame rates over existing models.

As for the actual specs aired here, AMD’s flagship RX 6950 XT refresh remains largely the same as the 6900 XT, but advances by increasing the base clock (with the reference card) up to 2100 MHz (from 2015 MHz), and accelerating the boost clock to 2310MHz (from 2250MHz).

So that’s a fairly modest increase, but a bit more extra oomph will be provided thanks to the increase in VRAM to 18 Gbps (from 16 Gbps).

The RX 6750 XT should perform the same trick with slightly faster video RAM and deliver an even more modest clock speed boost to a base 2495 MHz (from 2424 MHz) and a boost to 2600 MHz (in one key increase from 2581 MHz).

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Finally, the RX 6650 XT will run again with faster VRAM (at 17.5 Gbps in this case) and a base clock of 2410 MHz (instead of 2359 MHz), and a boost of 2635 MHz (up from 2589 MHz). for the 6600 XT).

The supposed on-sale date for these new cards is apparently May 12, so a week away now.

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We have to be careful with these supposed specs, of course, but these performance increases of maybe only around 5% (up to 10%, best-case scenario) don’t exactly represent a huge leap forward for these new RDNA 2 models. This is perhaps rather disappointing, especially in light of past speculation that suggested high boost speeds for the new 6950 XT flagship, possibly in excess 2.5 GHz out of the box (what we’re apparently going to get is just slightly over 2.3 GHz).

On the other hand, the rumored power consumption was pegged at 350W for the 6950 XT, and this new rumor claims it will be 335W, so not that high. (The 6750 XT should draw 250W and the 6650 XT is pegged at 180W).

The other bright spot here is the alleged price that Wccftech floats, with the 6750 XT and 6650 XT expected to only increase the recommended price by $20 in the US over their base versions. The tech site seems more uncertain about the 6950 XT, but guesses it will be $100 more (likely increased by £100 or similar AU$100, probably a little more in the latter case, in the UK and Australia) , so around the $1,100 in the US compared to the $999 price of the 6900 XT (you can now buy the latter for its MSRP as well). Good to hear in light of some of the ridiculous pricing rumors that have been circulating regarding the flagship lately…

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Given that these revamped RDNA 2 products are a relatively modest step forward – even the flagship, although it pushes the clocks a bit more than other models – you might be wondering why AMD bothers to release these cards. graphics in May, when the next generation RDNA 3 GPUs are expected to launch later in 2022, possibly not much more than a few months. Is anyone really going to be this excited about a minor refresh at this point in Team Red’s GPU roadmap?

We’ve been pondering this ourselves ever since we heard about this trio of 6×50 GPUs, but a possible answer has recently surfaced via other well-known hardware leaks. Moore’s Law is Dead first advanced the idea that with RDNA 3, AMD is set to release mid-range Navi 33 GPUs first, followed by flagship Navi 31, then Navi 32 plus later, in the first half of 2023. Then a couple of other Twitter-based leakers largely backed this up, adding that not only will Navi 32 not be released until Spring 2023, but Navi 31 – the RX 7900 XT – might not its debut before the start of 2023.

If that’s correct – apply salt as always – then it suddenly makes more sense that AMD would want a pepperier 6950 XT flagship now, to scare punters (or at least give them something) until 2023 if the RDNA 3 launches are going to be staggered as suggested above.

Team Red will need at least something new at the high end if only a mid-range RDNA 3 variant is coming this fall, while Nvidia releases its RTX 4000 models (and indeed Team Green already has a new RTX 3090 Ti in the heavy-duty department).

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So, mystery solved? Well, not quite, there are still a lot of unknowns here, but the GPU puzzle pieces seem to be slowly fitting together…

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