AMD is on a roll with their new lineup of products for this time of the year and given that their new Ryzen 5000 Series processor has captured a lot of attention, they were left with one more thing: The Radeon Big Navi GPU. The curtain has lifted last night (if you live in Malaysia) and from the looks of the whole new lineup of RX 6000 Series GPU, let’s just say it’s looking great for Team Red.
AMD RDNA 2 Architecture
AMD has gone for the same 7nm architecture for their GPU, but they call it the RDNA 2 with better optimization and in their words, “a new foundation for next-gen consoles, PCs, Laptops and Mobile devices.” That said, the new architecture is said to give up to 2x higher the performance as compared to their 5000 series cards and its not just a mere improvement but up to a 54% more performance per watt as compared to the previous generation on the same 7nm process. It gets better from here with high-performance compute units to improve the energy efficiency by up to 30% per cycle. They have also paired the new RDNA 2 Architecture with two new features – Rage Mode and Infinity Cache.
RAGE Mode + Infinity Cache
Infinity Cache allows the GPU to pump and offer power up to 2.4x greater bandwidth-per-watt as compared a GDDR6-only AMD RDNA based design which we have seen in the older gen card.
Rage mode is a part of AMD Smart Access Memory feature – an exclusive feature made available for the new RX 6000 GPU, AMD Ryzen 5000 Series Processors, AMD B550 and X570 Boards. This is to build a synergy between both the CPU and GPU to communicate in a way where it gives the Ryzen processors a bigger access to the high-speed GDDR6 memory, accelerating the CPU Processing and providing up to 13% performance increase and that’s where the Rage Mode can be seen working well with its one-click overclocking button.
It comes with all the great features you’d find and will find in upcoming titles from big names – like support for DirectX 12 Ultimate for support like DXR (Raytracing) and Variable Rate Shading. Pairing DX12 Ultimate with AMD’s FidelityFX will enable hybrid rendering and so much more.
Radeon RX 6800 XT
The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT is the mainstream cards consumers will be keeping their eye on – as it’s the RTX 3080 contender. The 6800 XT has all of the same configuration as the 6900 XT, but the compute units are lower – with 72. Take a look at the performance it has going on in the benchmark they have done.
Radeon RX 6800
Finally, the Radeon RX 6800, which will be challenging the upcoming RTX 3070 because Radeon compared it with the RTX 2080Ti which should give you a rough idea. It has 60 compute units respectively. And the performance once again, is on par and has surpassed in certain occasions in their benchmark.
Radeon RX 6900 XT
The RX 6900 XT is the crème de la crème of the Radeon Lineup of 2020. Comes with 80 Compute units and features 16GB of GDDR6. Hits a boost clock up to 2250Mhz. The performance of the 6900 XT goes head to head with the contenders RTX 3090 and the performance in games are exceptionally good and well put with either matching same level of performance or surpassing by the slightest.
Pricing and Availability
The Radeon RX 6000 series will be coming to a store near you real soon and it will also be available through AMD Board Partners which includes ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, PowerColor, Sapphire and XFX starting this November 2020.
The AMD Radeon RX 6800 and RX 6800 XT will be available from November 18th, 2020 for $579 USD and $649 USD respectively. The RX 6900 XT on the other hand will be available on December 8th, for $999 USD respectively.
P.S. What a great time for gamers.