AMD launches new RDNA2 desktop graphics cards, lists upcoming games with FSR 2.0 support

nanoguy

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The big picture: AMD's last wave of RDNA 2 cards has arrived. While they won't blow anyone's socks away, the company claims they excel in terms of performance per watt and cost per frame when compared to Nvidia's Ampere offerings. Given the current market conditions and RDNA 3 cards on the horizon, the arrival of the Radeon RX 6x50 XT series looks like a late and desperate attempt to fix the sour taste left by the paper launches of the past two years.

After several months of rumors, AMD today formally announced three new Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards — the RX 6650 XT, RX 6750 XT, and a new RDNA 2 flagship, the RX 6950 XT. But more importantly, Team Red seems to have adjusted the MSRP of the new models to the current market reality instead of allowing ample room for sticker price shock once they reach store shelves.

The new cards also arrive at a time when AMD's existing RDNA 2 offerings are finally selling for close to MSRP and sometimes even below in the case of lower-end offerings like the RX 6500 XT. The company even highlights price as an advantage over Nvidia's Ampere cards, and right now there are more reasons to believe you'll be able to find these models in stock and close to the suggested price figures.

As expected, the RX 6x50 XT series cards aren't very different when compared to the models they're based on. The only notable changes are higher clocks, bigger total board power (TBP), and the use of faster, 18 Gbps GDDR6 memory. Word on the supply chain is they also have firmware support for both Samsung and Hynix memory, which is one reason to be optimistic about better availability.

The RX 6950 XT is now the most powerful AMD card in the RDNA 2 lineup, and this comes at a $100 premium over the RX 6900 XT. For $1,099, the new card features a game clock of 2,100 MHz and can boost up to 2,310 MHz if thermals and power allow it. The TBP has been increased from 300 to 335 watts on the reference model, and we expect some custom models with beefier cooling solutions will be pushing that limit even higher.

Interestingly, AMD sees the RX 6950 XT as more of a competitor for Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3090 instead of the RTX 3090 Ti. The company claims better cost per frame and performance per watt, but we'll have to wait for Steve's review to see if those claims hold.

According to Team Red's marketing charts, the RX 6950 XT will slot in between the RTX 3090 and the RTX 3090 Ti in terms of gaming performance, at least when all cards are installed in systems with Resizable BAR (Smart Access Memory) enabled.

It's worth noting the testing was done using the Ryzen 7 5800X3D CPU on Windows 10 test machines, while the titles tested are all DirectX 12-enabled. Still, AMD claims its latest Adrenalin drivers can squeeze up to 10 percent better performance in DirectX 11 titles using the new cards, so there's that.

Moving on to the RX 6750 XT, we see pretty much the same story of a slightly higher TBP of 250 watts, which affords a game clock of 2,495 MHz and a boost clock of up to 2,600 MHz. It has an AMD-suggested price of $549, and the company positions this as a competitor for the RTX 3070 (non-Ti) which has a slightly lower TBP of 220 watts. Even with the higher price of Team Green's offerings, AMD didn't venture into comparisons with anything but the RTX 3070 and the RTX 3060 Ti.

Arguably the most important of the new cards is the RX 6650 XT, which is positioned as a direct competitor to the RTX 3060 (non-Ti) for 1080p gaming. It's also the only of the three new cards that will replace the model it's based on. In other words, once stocks of the RX 6600 XT run dry, the RX 6650 XT will be the only card to slot in between the RX 6600 and the RX 6700 XT.

AMD has set an MSRP of $399 for the RX 6650 XT, which is a $20 premium over the RX 6600 XT. The company says this model will only be available from AIB partners, while the RX 6750 XT and the RX 6950 XT will also be available on AMD's online store. Better yet, AMD is readying a new "Raise the Game" bundle offer for the new cards.

It's also worth noting AMD has confirmed a list of games that will receive support for its FSR 2.0 upscaling solution in the coming months. It includes Forspoken, EVE Online, Microsoft Flight Simulator, Perfect World Remake, Swordsman Remake, Unkown 9: Awakening, NiShuiHan, Grounded, Delysium, and Asterigos. Deathloop will be the first title to receive support for FSR 2.0 via an update later this week.

Overall, this looks like a bland but honest last push for AMD's RDNA 2 generation of graphics cards, whereas the Ryzen 5800X3D marked a fitting end of the AM4 CPU era. Price is where the new Radeon offerings will shine the brightest, especially in the current GPU market. Be sure to stay tuned as we'll have reviews of the new cards up this week.

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Stingy McDuck

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"Deathloop will be the first title to receive support for FSR 2.0 via an update later this week".

To me, this was the most interesting part of the reveal.
 

hahahanoobs

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19 of the top 20 GPUs on Newegg are GeForce cards.

AMD needs to do a LOT better. I hate that they continue to be consistently inconsistent. They need to release cards faster and get their software on par or better, and fast. Yesterday fast.
 

Sausagemeat

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We need to see reviews but I’m not really sold. I’m on an RX480 and I need an upgrade. But $400 for a 6650 seems a bit steep for my budget. The current 6600 isn’t enough of an upgrade for me for the money.
 

BadThad

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Now they need to readjust their MSRP's to a reasonable level. We won't get much relief until the retail prices are actually fair and reasonable - this applies to nvidia as well. Here's to hoping Intel actually starts shipping discrete GPU's before next year. Jez!
 

EdmondRC

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And you thought the 3070 Ti or the 3080 12GB were pointless, enter the 6X50 XTs. Same core count, but with more power and overclocked! Basically what just about any AIB does already with their more expensive cards. At least Nvidia offered a slightly higher number of shaders in their pointless updates.
 

yRaz

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And you thought the 3070 Ti or the 3080 12GB were pointless, enter the 6X50 XTs. Same core count, but with more power and overclocked! Basically what just about any AIB does already with their more expensive cards. At least Nvidia offered a slightly higher number of shaders in their pointless updates.
The only card that interests me is the 6950xt which offers basically 3090ti performance for half the price and with ray tracing on it's on par with the 3080ti. Say what you will about their methods for making the card, it's the better buy.

RDNA2 has always loved more memory bandwidth so the increase in memory speed arguably does more for the card than the increase in core clock speed.
 

DrewTheBrave

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19 of the top 20 GPUs on Newegg are GeForce cards.

AMD needs to do a LOT better. I hate that they continue to be consistently inconsistent. They need to release cards faster and get their software on par or better, and fast. Yesterday fast.

Considering that they had nothing to truly compete at the top end with Nvidia for years, I think they are on the right track. They have a ways to go (especially with RayTracing), but I'm just glad to see them closing the gap a bit. It took a few generations of Ryzen CPUs to take the lead from Intel, and I expect that to be the case here. Either way, the extra competition will help keep prices competitive in the coming years, which I'm grateful for. After watching Nvidia charge ridiculous money for incremental performance gains in the top-tier 9- 10- and 20-series cards, it was pressure from AMD that kept the MSRP of the 4k-capable RTX 3080 at $700. The pandemic & cryptoboom blew that price out of the water until recently, but things seem to be getting back to "normal" now.
 

hahahanoobs

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Considering that they had nothing to truly compete at the top end with Nvidia for years, I think they are on the right track. They have a ways to go (especially with RayTracing), but I'm just glad to see them closing the gap a bit. It took a few generations of Ryzen CPUs to take the lead from Intel, and I expect that to be the case here. Either way, the extra competition will help keep prices competitive in the coming years, which I'm grateful for. After watching Nvidia charge ridiculous money for incremental performance gains in the top-tier 9- 10- and 20-series cards, it was pressure from AMD that kept the MSRP of the 4k-capable RTX 3080 at $700. The pandemic & cryptoboom blew that price out of the water until recently, but things seem to be getting back to "normal" now.
Yup. And with everything that you said happened... 19/20 top GPUs are Nvidia cards. Meaning what you think is in stark contrast to reality. It happens every year with AMD and it's annoying. But I expect it.

AMD will do very well with CPU's for server and data center for a while, but the rest continues to be a mess.
 

Puiu

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The only card that interests me is the 6950xt which offers basically 3090ti performance for half the price and with ray tracing on it's on par with the 3080ti. Say what you will about their methods for making the card, it's the better buy.

RDNA2 has always loved more memory bandwidth so the increase in memory speed arguably does more for the card than the increase in core clock speed.
I agree that the value is there, but I wouldn't put the rt performance to be on par with a 3080ti. Maybe in a few titles.
 

m3tavision

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19 of the top 20 GPUs on Newegg are GeForce cards.

AMD needs to do a LOT better. I hate that they continue to be consistently inconsistent. They need to release cards faster and get their software on par or better, and fast. Yesterday fast.
Not sure if you know this but high-end nVidia RTX cards are not being consumed by Gamers, but content creators who don't want to spend $5-6k on a pro card.

Every gamer understands RDNA and how that architecture is in the Hot new consoles and how future games are being developed for its features.

McDonald's sells more burgers than 5-Guys, but which one do you want?

So who cares how many RTX cards have sold at Newegg... we all know RDNA is better for gamers than Amper/Turing. That why all the top Warzone pros have switched to AMD.
 

hahahanoobs

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Not sure if you know this but high-end nVidia RTX cards are not being consumed by Gamers, but content creators who don't want to spend $5-6k on a pro card.

Every gamer understands RDNA and how that architecture is in the Hot new consoles and how future games are being developed for its features.

McDonald's sells more burgers than 5-Guys, but which one do you want?

So who cares how many RTX cards have sold at Newegg... we all know RDNA is better for gamers than Amper/Turing. That why all the top Warzone pros have switched to AMD.
First paragraph.
I know. That's why I have said as recently as last week that GPUs aren't just for gaming, just like CPU's after the "3090 ti is dumb" (with no reference to productivity) article. And Nvidia Studio drivers alongside GeForce is intentional to better serve those people using GeForce cards for productivity.

Second.
Gamers understand to avoid it. Hence RTX literally dominating.

Third.
Again, gamers chose Nvidia. They have for decades and for good reason. Whether they are Mickey D's or five guys is irrelevant.

Fourth.
Again.... 19 out of 20....
AMD is scrambling to create game bundles to counter their slow sales.
 
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godrilla

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m3tavision

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First paragraph.
I know. That's why I have said as recently as last week that GPUs aren't just for gaming, just like CPU's after the "3090 ti is dumb" (with no reference to productivity) article. And Nvidia Studio drivers alongside GeForce is intentional to better serve those people using GeForce cards for productivity.

Second.
Gamers understand to avoid it. Hence RTX literally dominating.

Third.
Again, gamers chose Nvidia. They have for decades and for good reason. Whether they are Mickey D's or five guys is irrelevant.

Fourth.
Again.... 19 out of 20....
AMD is scrambling to create game bundles to counter their slow sales.

I think you are stuck in the past.

My clan of over 20 years are all high-end gamers. I have owned EVGA cards, since the beginning. EVGA doesn't make AMD products and most all gamers I know... are ALL switching to Radeon Graphics. For a very valid reason, more frames.

Because RDNA technology is the STANDARD now. (See Xbox X and Playstation 5).



Again, nobody cares about your nostalgia for nVidia.. or your quaint OPINION about outdated or proprietary technology , we care about what gives the most frames in games. Obviously, Nobody is upgrading to a $1k card for Cyberpunk, or Rust.. they do it for FPS competitive games, where frames are critical.

Big name Steamers right now on twitch, who (over the last 6 months) all converted to AMD (many laughing about the fact they sold their 3090's to Content creators and bought 6900xt for more frames at a profit).... after they got over the stigma (that you suffer from), that nVidia uses old gaming technology based on marketing fluff.

Sorry you are stuck in 2020...
 

hahahanoobs

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I think you are stuck in the past.

My clan of over 20 years are all high-end gamers. I have owned EVGA cards, since the beginning. EVGA doesn't make AMD products and most all gamers I know... are ALL switching to Radeon Graphics. For a very valid reason, more frames.

Because RDNA technology is the STANDARD now. (See Xbox X and Playstation 5).



Again, nobody cares about your nostalgia for nVidia.. or your quaint OPINION about outdated or proprietary technology , we care about what gives the most frames in games. Obviously, Nobody is upgrading to a $1k card for Cyberpunk, or Rust.. they do it for FPS competitive games, where frames are critical.

Big name Steamers right now on twitch, who (over the last 6 months) all converted to AMD (many laughing about the fact they sold their 3090's to Content creators and bought 6900xt for more frames at a profit).... after they got over the stigma (that you suffer from), that nVidia uses old gaming technology based on marketing fluff.

Sorry you are stuck in 2020...
Nvidia is dominating now.
Now is not the past.

Radeon 6x50 GPUs are a joke.

AMD should stick to CPU's.
 

m3tavision

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Nvidia is dominating now.
Now is not the past.

Radeon 6x50 GPUs are a joke.

AMD should stick to CPU's.

Dominating what..? Sales..?

Again McDonald's dominate in sales of burgers... doesn't mean they are the best to eat? So who cares how many cards nVidia is selling, that has no bearing on what is better for gaming. (Nvidia is a mining company)

RDNA killed CUDA... every Game Developer will tell you this. DLSS is dead, since every nVidia card (including GTX cards) can use FSR 2.0.

Sorry you are stuck in the past. But pro gamers are all going AMD, after receiving free 3090s in the past...


learn to cope...
 

hahahanoobs

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Dominating what..? Sales..?

Again McDonald's dominate in sales of burgers... doesn't mean they are the best to eat? So who cares how many cards nVidia is selling, that has no bearing on what is better for gaming. (Nvidia is a mining company)

RDNA killed CUDA... every Game Developer will tell you this. DLSS is dead, since every nVidia card (including GTX cards) can use FSR 2.0.

Sorry you are stuck in the past. But pro gamers are all going AMD, after receiving free 3090s in the past...


learn to cope...
Yes, sales.
And CUDA with supporting software dominates productivity. Please Google.

Less reason to buy AMD if FSR and DLSS works on Nvidia. Assuming FSR lasts. AMD doesn't typically maintain their software. Mantle went to Khronos, crystal dynamics does TressFX. What happened to True Audio, Raptr? What was the sharpener they had that people claimed was the first DLSS competitor? lol Trash. AMD sat back while monitor manufacturers gave us 20Hz VRR windows for months with first gen Freesync. Trash. The product page and details of my Freesync premium/gsysnc compatible monitor don't mention AMD or even show the Freesync logo. Gsysnc instead is front and centre. Imagine that.

You can ignore sales and facts all you want, but that's why I'm here.

AMD software is trash.
Radeon is inconsistent.
 

m3tavision

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Correct, the majority of high-end RTX cards sold were for non-gaming applications.

Secondly, Radeon's RDNA technology is the Industry Standard... In which All game Developers will be using. (200 titles coming over the next year, focused on Radeon technology)

You seem to be really upset and unable to cope with the new reality of Dr Su splitting AMD's graphic division into gaming (RDNA) & productivity (CDNA) 5 years ago...

And again you keep talking about the past.. When TODAY All new Samsung and LG TVs support FreeSync Premium Pro..

Hence, more people in the world own FreeSync products than G-Sync. Because it is the Standard! My 4 year old Acer X34 ($1,399 at the time) is G-Sync using my 3 year old rtx2080... But what does that have to with now...?

Even Pro players who were given 3080/90s are switching to AMD on their own dime. Seems you are stuck or fooled by nVidia marketing..

Things change and you are living in 2019.. Learn to cope.
 

hahahanoobs

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Correct, the majority of high-end RTX cards sold were for non-gaming applications.

Secondly, Radeon's RDNA technology is the Industry Standard... In which All game Developers will be using. (200 titles coming over the next year, focused on Radeon technology)

You seem to be really upset and unable to cope with the new reality of Dr Su splitting AMD's graphic division into gaming (RDNA) & productivity (CDNA) 5 years ago...

And again you keep talking about the past.. When TODAY All new Samsung and LG TVs support FreeSync Premium Pro..

Hence, more people in the world own FreeSync products than G-Sync. Because it is the Standard! My 4 year old Acer X34 ($1,399 at the time) is G-Sync using my 3 year old rtx2080... But what does that have to with now...?

Even Pro players who were given 3080/90s are switching to AMD on their own dime. Seems you are stuck or fooled by nVidia marketing..

Things change and you are living in 2019.. Learn to cope.
"Learn to cope"
How old are you?