AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT custom models are just as expensive as NVIDIA’s RTX 3090 Ti in early listings, priced at US$2400

AMD’s soon-to-be-released flagship Radeon RX 6950 XT graphics card will be an expensive graphics card if the early listings are to pass. The card, which will be part of the RDNA 2 refresh GPU lineup, has been listed by an Australian retailer with similar pricing to NVIDIA’s RTX 3090 Ti cards.

AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT graphics card is as expensive as NVIDIA RTX 3090 Ti in top listings with price up to US$2400

AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT graphics cards are expected to be announced soon and we are now seeing retailers listing them. Gigabyte seems to be working on its own custom model, the RX 6950 XTGaming OC which was listed for $3241.54 AUD or just a little above $2400 USD. This price is very close to custom models of the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti graphics card and a difference of $1,200 to $1,000 AUD between custom RX 6900 XT models listed by the same retailer. Now, as this is a preliminary list, we’ll definitely see much lower prices as the new card nears street launch, but for now, expect similar prices.

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The Gigabyte Radeon RX 6950 XT is just as expensive as custom RTX 3090 Ti graphics cards. (Image credits: Videocardz)

That’s not all, Videocardz (Via Momomo_US) was able to get the full list of custom Radeon RX 6×50 XT graphics cards from Gigabyte that will be launching on May 10th. The programming has been submitted to the EEC and the complete list can be consulted in the table below:

Gigabyte RX 6x50XT graphics cards
Segment RX-6950XT RX-6750XT RX-6650XT

AMD Radeon RX 6000 XT RDNA 2 Graphics Card Refresh

The AMD Navi 21, Navi 22, and Navi 33 GPUs are the ones that will be refreshed for the upcoming Radeon RX 6X50 XT line. The AMD Navi 21 GPU currently powers the Radeon RX 6900 XT, RX 6800 XT and RX 6800 while the Navi 22 GPU powers the RX 6700 XT and the Navi 23 GPU powers the RX 6600 XT and 6600 on the desktop platform. The graphics cards will come with 18 Gbps memory along with some clock improvements.

From the previous rumour, we learned that these cards will also feature 18Gbps GDDR6 memory arrays. Currently, all cards except the upcoming RX 6500 XT and the flagship RX 6900 XT LC feature 16 Gbps memory. Upgrading to 18 Gbps might offer higher bandwidth and increase performance by 2-5%, but that doesn’t indicate a huge difference with the refreshed series. There will obviously be process improvements incorporated into the new RDNA 2 refresh GPUs since we’ve heard rumors of the RX 6950 XT clocking over 2.5GHz.

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It would have been worth it if AMD gave its existing desktop GPUs the 6nm processing and managed to squeeze more efficiency out of it, but that’s clearly not happening. It looks like this soft refresh will feature both “midnight black” reference models and custom models.

There would also be a small price difference and the TGP numbers should increase slightly with the addition of the faster memory chips. These GPUs will likely compete with Intel’s high-end ARC Alchemist GPUs launching in a few months, while the flagship Radeon RX 6950 XT is clearly aimed at NVIDIA’s RTX 3090 Ti graphics card, which is a splurge energy hungry.

The following table lists all RDNA 2 graphics cards currently offered by AMD:

AMD Radeon RX 6000 ‘RDNA 2’ Desktop Graphics Card Series:

Graphics card name GPU code name Process node Compute units/cores Memory capacity / Bus Memory clock TGP Price (MSRP) To throw
Radeon RX 6950 XT Navi 21 XTXH? 7nm 80 / 5120 16 GB / 256 bit 18 Gbps 300W? US$999? April 2022
Radeon RX 6900 XTLC Navi 21 XTXH 7nm 80 / 5120 16 GB / 256 bit 18 Gbps 330W US$1199 July 2021
Radeon RX 6900 XTX Navi 21 XTXH 7nm 80 / 5120 16 GB / 256 bit 16 Gbps 300W US$999 October 2020
Radeon RX 6900 XT Navi 21 XTX 7nm 80 / 5120 16 GB / 256 bit 16 Gbps 300W US$999 October 2020
Radeon RX 6800 XT Ships 21 XT 7nm 72 / 4608 16 GB / 256 bit 16 Gbps 300W US$649 October 2020
Radeon RX6800 Navi 21 XL 7nm 60 / 3840 16 GB / 256 bit 16 Gbps 250W US$579 October 2020
Radeon RX 6750 XT Ships 22 XT? 7nm 40 / 2560 12 GB / 192 bit 18 Gbps 230W? US$479? April 2022
Radeon RX 6700 XT Ships 22 XT 7nm 40 / 2560 12 GB / 192 bit 16 Gbps 230W US$479 March 2021
Radeon RX 6650 XT Ships 23 XT? 7nm 32 / 2048 8 GB / 128 bit 18 Gbps 160W? US$379? April 2022
Radeon RX 6600 XT Ships 23 XT 7nm 32 / 2048 8 GB / 128 bit 16 Gbps 160W US$379 July 2021
Radeon RX6600 Navi 23XL 7nm 28/1792 8 GB / 128 bit 14 Gbps 132W US$329 October 2021
Radeon RX 6500 XT Ships 24 XT 6nm 16 / 1024 4 GB / 64 bit 16 Gbps 107W US$199 January 2022
Radeon RX6500 Navi 24XL 6nm 12 / 768? 4 GB / 64 bit 16 Gbps? To be determined US$149? April 2022
Radeon RX6400 Navi 24XL 6nm 12 / 768 4 GB / 64 bit 16 Gbps 53W $139? January 2022

Are you looking forward to AMD’s RDNA 2 Refreshed graphics cards?