The leak reveals pricing and official performance data for the upcoming Radeon RX 6X50 XT line.
Why is it important: AMD is expected to announce the RX 6950 XT, RX 6750 XT, and RX 6650 XT graphics cards on May 10th. That hasn’t stopped enthusiasts and whistleblowers from fanning the hype ahead of time with performance numbers and suggested retail prices. If the leaks are any indication, the RDNA 2 lineup update has a chance to grab attention – as long as AMD can ensure it’s not another paper launch.
With just a few days left before the scheduled release date for the updated AMD RDNA 2 graphics cards, there’s no shortage of leaked gaming performance and recommended pricing for the new models.
According to report from Videocardz, the MSRP of the RX 6×50 XT cards won’t be as high as previously expected. For example, the flagship RX 6950 XT will have a MSRP of $1,099, just $100 more than the RX 6900 XT. This seems to hold true for a graphics card said to be faster than Nvidia’s RTX 3090 and RTX 3090 Ti, which have an MSRP of $1,499 and $1,999 respectively.
The mid-range RX 6750 XT is expected to retail for $549, just $70 more than the RX 6700 XT. AMD will be selling both the reference versions of the RX 6950 XT and RX 6750 XT on its online store, so early birds have a chance to get them at a relatively reasonable price for the current GPU market.
Interestingly, the MSRP for the RX 6650 XT is $399, just $20 more than the regular RX 6600 XT. AMD most likely won’t sell the reference design for this card, so would-be gamers will have to look for custom models from companies like Sapphire and PowerColor.
AMD’s official performance numbers were also leaked online and they offer a bird’s eye view of what you can expect from the new cards. Of course, we’ll have to wait for independent reviews to get a clear idea, but at first glance, everything looks promising.
The RX 6950 XT is on average four percent faster than the RX 6900 XT it will replace, and 11 percent faster than Nvidia’s RTX 3090. It looks like AMD didn’t use the RTX 3090 Ti in their comparison, but given the significant price difference between the RX 6950 XT and the RTX 3090, people who don’t care about ray tracing and DLSS performance will be even less inclined to look at the ridiculously expensive and power hungry RTX. 3090 Ti.
Moving on to the RX 6750 XT, it should deliver about seven percent better rasterization performance than the RX 6700 XT and two percent better than the RTX 3070 (no Ti). If true, this will be the most significant update in the RDNA 2 lineup, and gamers will no doubt have a harder time choosing between it and the Nvidia counterpart.
Last but not least, the base model RX 6650 XT is only two percent faster than the RX 6600 XT, which is a bit odd given the higher power budget and faster memory. However, the official data casts it in a more positive light over the Nvidia RTX 3060 (non-Ti) with a 23 percent performance advantage.
It is worth noting that the leaked AMD data was obtained using mostly AMD-friendly games such as Battlefield 5, Far Cry 6, Deathloop, Resident Evil Village, The Riftbreaker, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and Borderlands 3. Tests were conducted on a system equipped with a Ryzen processor 7 5800X3D and pre-release AMD graphics drivers.