December 8, 2022

AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT, 6750 XT, 6650 XT official - Is this the end of the fake MSRP?

AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT, 6750 XT, 6650 XT official – Is this the end of the fake MSRP?

It seems that AMD and Nvidia were living in a fantasy world. They will drop the prices Like $329 or $479 For a mid-range graphics card, knowing that you Really Pay hundreds more by time epidemic mediators They were cut. But today, AMD appears to be in a state of wakefulness.

With the recently announced $1,099 AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT, $549 Radeon 6750 XT, and $399 Radeon 6650 XT, the company is finally pricing its graphics cards based on market rather than creating a fake MSRP. When you combine that with the reality of AMD graphics cards Almost got back to reasonable prices in generalThat means there’s a chance in hell you might actually be able to buy these new hardware at the price AMD quotes.

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That’s fine – because the price is by far the most interesting thing about the cards that AMD is announcing today.

While we’ve heard a dip of the next generation of AMD RDNA 3 chips on the horizon, the new RX 6950 XT, 6750 XT, and 6650 XT are nothing of the sort. In fact, it’s not new GPUs at all. As the “50” in their name might suggest, they’re direct improvements to the current RX 6900 XT, 6700 XT and 6600 XT with exactly the same silicon, only with new firmware for faster clocks and faster memory.

AMD says the 6900 XT and 6700 XT will remain in place, but the 6600 XT is being replaced by the 6950 XT.

And while any performance boost would be nice, it wouldn’t be much: each “50” card offers a 5 to 6 percent increase over the vanilla version. In some games, the difference can be less than one frame per second, according to the AMD reference guide. In other cases running at particularly high frame rates, you may see a spike of 10 frames per second or more. Also, these bumps don’t come for free: cards have a TDP of 20-35W higher than the originals, in theory drawing more power and/or producing more heat.

AMD is not trying to hide any of this. “These are not going to be major improvements,” the company told reporters. “Nothing has changed physically.”

Instead, the company is trying to explain how much performance per dollar and performance per watt you can get compared to Nvidia — at the prices you’d actually pay to get Nvidia versus AMD.

Here are the charts offered by AMD:

Note that the area marked with Radeon Super Resolution And Nvidia Image Scaling Maybe.

Photo: AMD

Photo: AMD

If you can actually buy these cards for those prices, it looks pretty rosy for AMD — at least for those gamers who aren’t waiting for next-generation GPUs or prices to drop any further — at least until Nvidia takes its next step.

If you’re interested, AMD says it will go on sale today with reference cooled versions of the RX 6950 XT and RX 6750 XT. Available at AMD As well as ASRock, Asus, Biostar, Gigabyte, MSI, PowerColor, Sapphire, XFX and Yeston. AMD is also sweetening the deal with New Game Upload Package This should include free games with your card purchase.

I also suspect we’ll get reviews of these cards today. If so, we’ll update this story if their conclusions are markedly different from what we were expecting based on AMD’s charts. Me, I’m going to pour one for her AMD Radeon RX 6800 $580, is the best bang for your buck for this generation’s AMD card yet, which very few precious people have been able to buy at this price. AMD told reporters the 6800 will continue to exist, but it’s hard to believe it’ll see that price again now that the 550 6750 XT has taken over its role.