Radeon RX 6950 XT – how does it work and how much does AMD’s top card cost?

Phew… We managed to take a breath after the premiere of the Radeon RX 6950 XT video card, so it’s worth summarizing all the most important information about the structure for a long time.

Radeon RX 6950 XT or upgraded Radeon RX 6900 XT

The Radeon RX 6950 XT isn’t a completely new design – you could say it’s actually just an accelerated Radeon RX 6900 XT.

Model AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
Graphic layout: Navi 21 XTXH (7 nm, RDNA 2) Navi 21 XTX (7 nm, RDNA 2) Navi 21 XT (7 nm, RDNA 2)
Stream Processors: 5120 5120 4608
Texturing blocks: 320 320 288
Rasterization units: 128 128 128
RT units: 80 80 72
Clock/Acceleration: 2100/2310 MHz 2015/2250 MHz 2015/2250 MHz
Video memory: 16 GB GDDR6 256-bit 16 GB GDDR6 256-bit 16 GB GDDR6 256-bit
Memory clock: 18,000 MHz 16,000 MHz 16,000 MHz
Memory Bandwidth: 576 GB/s 512 GB/s 512 GB/s
Infinite Cache: 128 MB
to 1793.5 GB/s
128 MB
up to 1664.2 GB/s
128 MB
up to 1664.2 GB/s
TVP: 335 W 300 W. 300 W.
Recommended price: $1099 $999 $649

The card is based on an accelerated version of the graphics chip and has faster VRAM. The manufacturer also increased the power limit, which allows you to spread the wings of the structure.

Reference Radeon RX 6950 XT

AMD has prepared a reference version of the card with a large three-slot cooling system (although this will only be available through the manufacturer’s official store). Then, of course, there are non-reference models with improved cooling and factory increased clock speeds (versions with powerful heatsinks dominate, but some manufacturers also used AiO water cooling).

Video Card Rating – Radeon RX 6950 XT

In our tests, at 4K resolution, the card is about 16% more efficient than the Radeon RX 6900 XT, and at standard rasterization, we can talk about the most efficient design available on the market. Unfortunately, in games that use ray tracing, it is inferior to competitive models – GeForce RTX 3090 Ti, GeForce RTX 3090 or even GeForce RTX 3080 Ti at a similar price.

The new Radeon has also appeared in our graphics card rankings, where you can quickly compare its specs and performance.

The new model in the old 3DMark Fire Strike test took the position of the king of performance. In the newer 3DMark Time Spy, it’s slightly behind the competitor’s top-of-the-line GeForce RTX 3090 Ti (and it’s almost twice as expensive).

Review of video cards Radeon RX 6950 XT

The Radeon RX 6950 XT cost $1,099, which equates to around PLN 6,000. Unfortunately, the availability of hardware is very limited so far, and  individual items can be found in stores for PLN 8,500-9,000 (so obviously more expensive than the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti).

ASUS TUF Gaming Radeon RX 6950 XT OC

ASUS TUF Gaming Radeon RX 6950 XT OC is equipped with powerful cooling, which includes a massive heatsink and three large fans – the design is designed to provide optimal temperatures, and at the same time has a good work culture (the manufacturer also applied a passive mode of operation). However, it should be noted that the card occupies almost three slots and has a length of 32 cm. The core frequency has been increased to 2116/2324 MHz.

ASUS ROG Strix LC Radeon RX 6950 XT OC

ASUS ROG Strix LC Radeon RX 6950 XT OC is the top offering from the manufacturer, which is equipped with hybrid cooling – the card has a turbine cooler, but additionally uses AiO water cooling with a 240-type cooler. The ASUS model is one of the most efficient designs of this type on the market, because the core frequency has been increased to 2343/2565 MHz. However, it is worth noting that the card requires three 8-pin power connectors to be connected.

Gaming OS Gigabyte Radeon RX 6950 XT

Gigabyte Radeon RX 6950 XT Gaming OC features proprietary WindForce 3X cooling. However, we are talking about an enlarged version, which should provide better heat dissipation – the manufacturer used a powerful heatsink, three large fans and a rear panel. All this occupies 4 slots in the case and has a length of more than 33 cm. The card was slightly hyped (up to 2116/2324 MHz), but it requires three 8-pin power connectors to work.

Gigabyte Radeon RX 6950 XT Aorus Xtreme WaterForce WB

The Gigabyte Radeon RX 6950 XT Aorus Xtreme WaterForce WB is a proposal for people who assemble a water-cooled computer – here the manufacturer applied a full coverage water block (heat removal from the core, memory and power section), which was decorated with spectacular RGB LED backlighting. The backplate is mounted on the reverse. The Aorus Xtreme WaterForce WB version is one of the most productive – the core frequency here is increased to 2343/2565 MHz. The card also requires three 8-pin power connectors to be connected.

MSI Radeon RX 6950 XT Gaming X Trio

MSI Radeon RX 6950 XT Gaming X Trio is the only offer in the manufacturer’s offer so far. However, you definitely can’t refuse its spectacular appearance – the manufacturer focused on the powerful cooling of Tri Frozr 2 with three Torx Fan 4.0 fans, and decorated the whole thing with spectacular Mystic Light RGB lighting. The card operates at higher frequencies (2244/2454 MHz) and requires three 8-pin power connectors.

PowerColor Radeon RX 6950 XT Red Devil

The PowerColor Radeon RX 6950 XT Red Devil is a well-known offering under the “red” sign. The design uses powerful (3-slot) cooling with three fans, which not only looks good, but also stands out for its very good efficiency and great work culture (passive mode is provided here). The card offers two BIOS profiles – the standard frequencies are 2116/2324 MHz, but in OC mode they can increase up to 2226/2435 MHz. However, it is worth remembering that three 8-pin power plugs are required for proper operation.

PowerColor Radeon RX 6950 XT Liquid Devil

The PowerColor Radeon RX 6950 XT Liquid Devil, on the other hand, is a design with a factory-installed full-coverage water block that enthusiasts looking to build a cooled PC should be interested in. To make it more interesting, the manufacturer has decorated the card with RGB LED lighting. The card offers two BIOS profiles, but it is more efficient than the Red Devil version – in the first, the core frequency is increased to 2294/2513 MHz, and in the second – to 2343/2565 MHz (therefore, we are talking about one of the most productive versions of the RX 6950 XT).

Radeon RX 6950 XT Nitro+ Sapphire Graphics

Sapphire Radeon RX 6950 XT Nitro+ is the manufacturer’s base offering. However, this does not mean savings at all – the card uses powerful cooling with three backlit fans (they are easily removed and cleaned). However, it is worth noting that the whole thing occupies almost three slots and has a length of 32 cm. The card was slightly overclocked – up to 2116/2324 MHz, but here the power limit was increased to 391 W -pin plugs from the power supply).

Sapphire Radeon RX 6950 XT Nitro+ Pure

Sapphire Radeon RX 6950 XT Nitro + Pure is a more comprehensive offering. Here, the manufacturer has applied even stronger cooling, occupying almost slots – the design includes a huge heatsink and three backlit fans (they can also be easily removed and cleaned). The Nitro+Pure version is also more efficient – the core clock is increased to 2162/2368 MHz, and in OC mode it can be increased to 2435 MHz (the power limit is raised to 405 W – the card requires two 8-pin and one 6-pin connector for connections).

Limited Edition Radeon RX 6950 XT Toxic Sapphire Graphics Card

Sapphire Radeon RX 6950 XT Toxic Limited Edition is the manufacturer’s top offer, which should be of interest to the most demanding users. The card uses hybrid cooling with a powerful 360 (3x 120) heatsink, and in addition it features spectacular backlighting. But that’s not all! The manufacturer raised the core frequency to 2310/2532 MHz, and in OC mode it can be 2565 MHz with a simultaneous increase in the power limit to 450 W (power is provided by two 8-pin and 6-pin plugs). Thus, Sapphire Toxic is the most efficient version of the Radeon RX 6950 XT available on the market.

Should You Buy a Radeon RX 6950 XT Card? It’s the best “red” offering at the moment and one of the most efficient graphics cards on the market (it depends if we want to play with ray tracing). However, keep in mind that the new Radeon RX 7000 models from the all-new RDNA 3 generation should debut on the market in a few months, which will bring a significant performance boost. In such a situation, buying a top card in anticipation of a new Gnurization is dubious.

Source: AMD, ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, PowerColor, Sapphire.