AMD’s Radeon 6900 XT takes up the battle against Nvidia’s RTX

AMD’s Radeon 6900 XT graphics card will launch on December 8, 2020, priced at $999, that is, about AU$1,400 and £770. The date of release was announced a few weeks after the launch of AMD Radeon RX 6800 GPUs and AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT, on November 18, which are mostly for mainstream gamers. For the past few years, AMD has mostly put their focus on budget and GPUs of mid-range. However, the upcoming Radeon RX 6900 XT focuses on giving the best gaming experience at very high definitions, powerful enough to compete against the RTX 3090 GPU.

The upcoming graphics card will feature the same cache and memory as Radeon RX 6800. However, the compute units have been upgraded to 80 from 60, and the clock speeds have been upgraded to 2,250MHz from 2,105MHz boost and 2,015MHz from 1,815MHz game.

AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Features:

AMD's Radeon 6900 XT
AMD’s Radeon 6900 XT

The speculations of AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT are:

  • Compute Units— 80
  • Boost Clock — Up to 2250 MHz
  • Texture Units — 320
  • Ray Accelerators — 80
  • Peak Pixel Fill-Rate — Up to 288 GP/s
  • Peak Texture Fill-Rate — Up to 720 GT/s
  • Game Clock — Up to 2015 MHz
  • Peak Single Precision Compute Performance — 23.04 TFLOPs
  • Peak Half Precision Compute Performance — 46.08 TFLOPs
  • ROPs — 128
  • Stream Processors — 5120
  • Transistor Count — 26.8 B
  • Total Board Power — 300 W
  • Memory Type — GDDR6
  • Infinity Cache — 128 MB
  • Memory Speed — 16 Gbps
  • Max Memory Size — 16 GB
  • Memory Bandwidth — Up to 512 GB/s
  • Memory Interface — 256-bit

Similar to the other Big Navi GPUs unveiled by AMD, the AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT will be based on RDNA 2 architecture, which, according to AMD, will offer a better performance of about 65% per watt. The consumers who will be upgrading from older AMD GPU to the new graphics card will observe a great leap in the performance.

If we believe AMD’s own tests, it seems that AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT quite efficiently catches up with the performance of RTX 3090 in most aspects, providing better framerates at 4K, with the highest graphical definitions for Borderlands 3, Battlefield V, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Gears of War 5, Forza Horizon 4. Moreover, it matches the performance of Doom Eternal, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Wolfenstein: Young Blood.

The Radeon RX 6900 XT, being a best-class graphics card developed by AMD, is based on the graphics processor, Navi 21 and their variant, Navi 21 XTX, which is the card supporting DirectX 12 Ultimate, ensuring that almost all the modern games will be able to run on the new RX 6900 XT. The presence of DirectX 12 Ultimate supports variable-rate shading, hardware-raytracing, and many more.

AMD has used a 16 GB GDDR6 memory in the card, Radeon RX 6900 XT, connected with the help of a 256-bit memory interface. The memory is running at 2000 MHz or 16 Gbps, with a frequency of 1825 MHz in the GPU. Radeon RX 6900 XT’s display outputs include 1x HDMI, 1x USB Type-C, and 2x DisplayPort. AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT is a triple-slot card that can draw the power from power connectors of 2x 8-pin, with a 300 W-rated power draw. The graphics card is linked with the other parts of the system with the help of the PCI-Express 4.0 x16 interface. The card’s dimensions are 267 mm x 120 mm x 50 mm, featuring a cooling solution.