AMD’s RX 6000 graphics cards are a turning point, finally allowing Team Red to scale up and earn some spots in our roundup of the best graphics cards. Powered by the RDNA 2 architecture, these cards come with features like ray tracing and supersampling to power the latest games.
Now that all the cards are here, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about the latest from Radeon, including pricing, specs, performance, and a little bit about the mobile GPUs.
AMD RX 6000: Price and Release Date
Nearly a dozen RX 6000 GPUs are now available, with the first cards arriving in November 2020 and the latest arriving in May 2022. Here are all the available cards, as well as their list prices:
- RX 6950 XT – $1,100
- RX 6900 XT — $1,000
- RX 6800 XT — $650
- RX 6800 – $580
- RX 6750 XT — $550
- RX 6700 XT – $480
- RX 6650 XT – $400
- RX 6600 XT – $380
- RX 6600 – $330
- RX 6500 XT – $200
- RX 6400 — $160
Of the 11 cards in the RX 6000 series, 10 are available. The only odd one out is the RX 6600 XT, which AMD has replaced with the RX 6650 XT. That said, we still found several RX 6600 XT models available, and while AMD won’t continue producing them, there should be some stock for a while.
GPU prices were extremely high, but they are falling. And that’s especially true for RX 6000 graphics cards. While AMD no longer sells reference models, you can find most third-party cards for their list price. Keep in mind that third-party cards are often slightly more expensive than the list price. For example, the RX 6700 XT sells for $480 to $600 depending on the model you pick up.
Unlike Nvidia’s RTX 30 series graphics cards, AMD RX 6000 cards are readily available. At the time of writing, we found every model for every card available at list price. The one exception is the RX 6800 XT, which retails for about $100 to $150 above list price.
AMD RX 6000: Specifications
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AMD has 11 cards in its RX 6000 series, although the RX 6650 XT technically replaces the RX 6600 XT. Compared to Nvidia’s RTX 30-series GPUs, AMD’s cards tend to run at higher clock speeds and offer more memory for mid- to high-end cards. However, RX 6000 cards are more limited by memory, using GDDR6 memory instead of the GDDR6X found on Nvidia’s flagship cards.
|cores||game clock||Memory||Power consumption||Price|
|RX 6950 XT||5.120||2.100MHz||16GBGDDR6||335W||$1,100|
|RX 6900 XT||5.120||2.015MHz||16GBGDDR6||300W||$1,000|
|RX 6800 XT||4.608||2.015MHz||16GBGDDR6||300W||$650|
|RX 6750 XT||2,560||2.495MHz||12GBGDDR6||250W||$550|
|RX 6700 XT||2,560||2.424MHz||12GBGDDR6||230W||$480|
|RX 6650 XT||2.048||2,410MHz||8GBGDDR6||176W||$400|
|RX 6600 XT||2.048||2.359MHz||8GBGDDR6||160W||$380|
|RX 6500 XT||1,024||2610MHz||4GBGDDR6||107W||$200|
On the other hand, AMD’s card consumes much less power. Even the RX 6950 XT comes in at 335 watts, which compares to the 450W that the RTX 3090 Ti can pull. Overall, AMD’s current offering is much more efficient, with the RX 6400 consuming only a meager 50W of power.
The important cards to mention are the innovations of the RX 6X50 XT: the RX 6950 XT, RX 6750 XT and RX 6650 XT. These maps are updated versions of their respective base models, and they have two differences. Each of the cards has a slight increase in clock speed (up to 4.2% on the RX 6950 XT) and 18 Gbps GDDR6 memory, which improves bandwidth.
These newer models offer no significant performance advantage based on our testing, as they pack the same number of cores and amount of memory as their respective base models. However, these innovations may be more readily available because they were launched well after the initial lineup.
AMD RX 6000: Performance
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While AMD’s graphics cards have usually played second fiddle to Nvidia’s, that’s not the case with RX 6000 cards. In many cases, they go hand in hand with the best of Nvidia, while coming in at a significantly lower price. However, there are some outliers.
The flagship RX 6950 XT was able to hit 68 fps at 4K in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla based on our testing, better than Nvidia’s RTX 3090. At 1440p, the RX 6700 XT competes well with the RTX 3070, matching Nvidia’s card in Fortnite at a 121 fps average at 1440p with the Ultra graphics preset.
The lower models show some differences. The budget-minded RX 6600 and RX 6600 XT are great for 1080p gaming, although they compete with Nvidia’s RTX 3060. The only bad option from the range is the RX 6500 XT, which struggles to provide playable frame rates due to serious PCIe bottlenecks. connection and memory (read our RX 6500 XT review for more).
AMD’s RDNA 2 graphics cards perform great, but they have one major weakness: Ray tracing. Based on our testing, RX 6000 GPUs produce about half the frame rate of Nvidia’s GPUs when ray tracing is enabled. This boils down to how RX 6000 GPUs are designed, packing a ray tracing accelerator into each compute unit instead of using dedicated ray tracing cores like Nvidia uses.
AMD RX 6000: Laptop GPUs and APUs
AMD started its mobile RX 6000 series with three cards: the RX 6600M, RX 6700M and RX 6800M. Since then, the line-up has grown tremendously. Here are all the available graphics cards of the laptop RX 6000:
|units of account||game clock||Infinite cache||Memory|
|RX 6850 XT||40||2.463MHz||96MB||12GBGDDR6|
|RX 6650M XT||32||2.162MHz||32MB||8GBGDDR6|
We had the chance to test the flagship RX 6800M. AMD claimed it could beat the mobile RTX 3080 in games like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Resident Evil: Village, but the results are a little more complicated. The RX 6800M can indeed beat Nvidia’s best in games optimized for RDNA2, but it can be difficult in certain configurations based on our testing.
AMD also offers its RX 6000S graphics cards, which are not as powerful as their M-series counterparts. They meet the specs, but these GPUs are designed for thin and light laptops.
In addition to discrete cards, AMD has used its RDNA 2 architecture in the Ryzen 6000 integrated graphics card. While integrated graphics will never be discrete, the power of RDNA 2 helps Ryzen 6000 laptops achieve playable frame rates without a dedicated GPU, at least in less demanding games.
AMD RX 6000: Ray Tracing and FidelityFX Features
With RDNA2, AMD now offers fully hardware-accelerated ray tracing, although it does this in a slightly different way than Nvidia. It does not have dedicated RT cores like RTX 20 and 30 series cards, but includes a ray accelerator in the standard Radeon computer units.
AMD also expanded its library of FidelityFX features to work hand-in-hand with ray-tracing compute and shader effects to make games more visual. Denoiser algorithms and variable-speed shading algorithms help adjust image quality based on luminance and motion, and developers can also take advantage of a range of compute-based effects.
One such effect is FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR). FSR is a supersampling technique that can improve performance without significant loss of image quality. It works by feeding an algorithm with a low-resolution internal render. The algorithm then takes that information and expands the pixels into a larger grid, resulting in what appears to be a high-resolution image.
We are now working on FSR 2.0, which goes hand in hand with Nvidia’s Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS). Although FSR is a feature of RX 6000 graphics cards, this feature is not exclusive to them. FSR works on Nvidia and AMD GPUs dating back to 2016.