New AMD Radeon graphics cards launch with tweaked clocks and higher prices

AMD adds three new graphics cards to its Radeon RX 6000 series: the 6650 XT, 6750 XT and 6950 XT.

These new models are direct upgrades from older models, as evidenced by the “50” in their name. The 6650 XT is an upgrade of the 6600 XT, the 6750 XT refines the 6700 XT, etc. Although these are upgrades, the performance of the new cards is not that different except for the new features and a higher price.

The three maps are constructed above the AMD RDNA 2 architecture, but they have all been modified to perform better than older cards while sharing all the same functionality.

The first is FidelityFX Super Resolution 2.0 which improves frame rate and image quality on supported games. Next is AMD Adrenalin Edition Softwarewhich can increase the performance of some DirectX 11 games by 10%.

AMD Smart Access Memory (SAM) Technology is a feature that can increase the performance of a platform when paired with a Ryzen CPU and has an AMD 500 motherboard. If the 6950 XT is paired with a Ryzen 7 5800X3D CPU, that performance can reach 14% according to AMD.

And then there’s AMD Infinity Cache which reduces latency and power consumption.


Analysis: a rather minor upgrade

The new AMD Radeon RX 6X50 XT cards announced today are modest upgrades to their base 6000 series counterparts and mostly stick to changes to the cards game and increased clock speeds.

The 6650 XT now has a game clock and a boost clock of 2410 MHz and 2635 MHz, respectively.

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The 6750 XT has a game clock of 2496 MHz and a boost up to 2600 MHz, while the 6950 XT has a game clock of 2100 MHz, with a boost up to 2310 MHz. That makes it the slowest of the bunch, but it has a significantly higher TGP and both the 6950 XT and 6750 have the same memory speed of 18 Gbps, with the 6650 XT a bit lower at 17.5 Gbps.

These are by no means bad numbers; just not a big increase. For example, the older 6600XT has a gaming frequency of 2359Mhz and a boost clock of 2589Mhz, which isn’t far behind the 6650 XT.

But if you want that slight boost, the 6950 XT and 6750 XT are currently on sale on AMD’s website. However, the 6650 XT is not for sale from AMD, but all cards are available from AIB partners such as Gigabyte and Asus through various retailers. The RX 6950 XT starts at $1,099, the RX 6750 XT at $549, and the RX 6650 XT at $399, although third-party cards may cost you more depending on the additional features they offer.

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