AMD officially launched its new Radeon RX 6000 series GPUs today. The new GPUs represent a significant leap from the previous generation, based on RDNA2 architecture. This is AMD's second big launch this month, after the debut of its Ryzen 5000 series.
AMD today unveiled the Radeon RX 6000 series, the latest major update to its Radeon graphic board line. Based on the new RDNA2 architecture, the Radeon RX 6000 series offers a significant performance jump compared to the previous generation of Radeon boards. This is largely due to RDNA, which is now much more efficient and packed with a suite of new features to increase framerates and graphics quality.
RDNA2 architecture brings a 54% increase in performance per watt compared to RDNA. AMD also states that RDNA2 can offer twice as much performance as RDNA with 4K resolutions.
Regarding the hardware, AMD started with the new Radeon RX 6800 XT, which compares to the performance of NVIDIA's latest GeForce RTX 3080 - even beating it in some cases - consuming less energy. The card is equipped with 72 processing units and 16 GB of memory. It is supported by a 2015 MHz base clock and a 2250 MHz boost clock.
At the end of the event, AMD presented the top-of-the-range Radeon RX 6900 XT. Compared to NVIDIA's monstrous GeForce RTX 3900, the RX 6900 XT offers 65% more performance per watt than RDNA. It also beats or reaches the RTX 3090 in framerates in different games with a power absorption of 300 watts.
In terms of specifications, the Radeon RX 6900 XT includes 80 compute units, 16 GB of memory, and 128 MB ofi "Infinity Cache". It is built on a base clock of 2015 MHz and a boost clock of 2250 MHz.
AMD uses a high-speed 128MB cache based on the company's Zen 3 L3 CPU cache design. It's optimized for graphics and promises to offer twice as much bandwidth. This means that these latest Radeon cards can provide data more efficiently to the graphics pipeline and provide performance improvements without significant increases in power absorption. AMD's goal here was to double performance compared to the previous RX 5700 XT card with only a slight increase in power absorption.
The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT will launch on November 18th from $650. The AMD Radeon RX 6800 is also expected to launch on November 18th, starting at $580. The Radeon RX 6900 XT is expected to launch on December 8th at a price of $1000.