AMD’s Radeon RX 6000 series update is not far off. As launch approached, it was only a matter of time before we saw benchmark leaks, and while the 3DMark score isn’t the final word when it comes to true real-world gaming performance, these results look good for AMD.
The results were published on WCCFTech. The site went ahead and published a series of 3DMark results covering all three refreshed cards, the Radeon RX 6950 XT, 6750 XT and 6650 XT.
The 6950 XT in particular seems very solid. A Time Spy graphics score of 22,209 is way ahead of a mighty RTX 3090 Ti at 20,855 and a 6900 XT at 18,463. That’s a 20% improvement over the 6900 XT, which is almost too hard to believe unless WCCFTech’s 6900 XT test system blocks it. . The proverbial grain of salt is definitely required here.
The story is much the same for the 6750 XT and 6650 XT, both of which see impressive improvements (16% and 11% gains respectively in Time Spy). These are the kinds of gains that cannot simply be attributed to faster memory, although perhaps when combined with higher clocks, card power, and some driver tweaking it is possible. It will be very interesting to see if these gains translate into percentage improvements in real games. If they do, AMD could have a very competitive series on their hands.
The RX 6000 series refresh consists of three cards, the 6950 XT, 6750 XT and 6650 XT. They use three different GPUs, the high-end Navi 21, the mid-range Navi 22, and the lower mid-range Navi 23. These cards should receive faster GDDR6 memory and slightly higher TDPs which allow them to sustain higher boost clocks. It’s more or less what you’d expect from a mid-life refresh.
Pricing will be key, and that has yet to be revealed. Now that the GPU crunch seems to be mostly over and cards are approaching their RRP ranges, it might be time to hunt for a good GPU deal (did I really just say that? ).
The 6000 series refresh might not have a very long lifespan. We’re still months away from the launch of the next-gen Ada Lovelace and RDNA 3 boards, but enthusiasts surely have their eye on them already. Don’t forget that Intel’s Arc series is also on our doorstep.