Next-gen gaming technology continues to expand as AMD announced their new Radeon RX 6000 Series of graphics cards today. Three new cards, aimed at enthusiasts, will push the envelope of 4K gaming on PC this November: “the fastest AMD gaming graphics card ever developed,” the Radeon RX 6900 XT; the Radeon RX 6800 XT; and the Radeon RX 6800.
The new cards focus on using power more efficiently, “leveraging high-speed design methodologies to provide up to a 30 percent frequency boost at the same power level.”
For perspective, AMD compared two new cards against its Radeon RX 5700 XT: the flagship Radeon RX 6900 XT achieves “up to 2X higher performance in select titles,” while the new Radeon RX 6800 XT provides “up to 54 percent more performance-per-watt.”
The Radeon RX 6000 Series cards are designed for 4K gaming. AMD’s Infinity Cache reduces latency and power consumption while Smart Access Memory gives Ryzen processors “greater access” to its 16GB of GDDR6 memory. Raytracing is enabled with DirectX 12 Ultimate, while the open-source AMD FidelityFX toolkit gives developers “a collection of lighting, shadow, and reflection effects that make it easier […] to add high-quality post-process effects.” Radeon Anti-Lag technology will enable even faster click-to-response times than before, optimizing performance for esport players.
The 6900 XT offers 80 Compute Units and Ray Accelerators; the 6800 XT, 72; and the 6800, 60. By AMD’s tests, the 6900 XT can achieve 92 FPS in Gears of War 5, running in 4K, while the 6800 caps at 70 FPS.
The Radeon RX 6800 and 6800 XT will go on sale November 18, for $579 and $649 USD, respectively. Clocking in at $999 USD, the Radeon RX 6900 XT arrives later, on December 8.