AMD’s is cooking up a refresh of its RDNA 2 GPUs which will feature three new Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards for the high-end gaming segment.
AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT, RX 6850 XT, RX 6750 XT To Feature 7nm RDNA 2 Refresh GPUs With 18 Gbps Memory
The AMD Radeon RX 6000 graphics cards are rumored to see a new RDNA 2 refresh around mid of 2022 (June-July). So far, the rumors only stated that they will be getting a graphics & memory clock bump but Moore’s Law is Dead says that his sources have confirmed that these chips will retain a 7nm process node and won’t utilize the newer 6nm RDNA 2 design as featured on the Navi 24 and its several mobile GPU outings.
I can now 100% confirm the upcoming 6950 XT, 6850 XT, and 6750 XT are still on the same 7nm node as their predecessors.
That still leaves room for an above 10% boost when combined with 18Gbps memory, & thus I still expect the 6950 XT to be a far better product than the 3090 Ti.
— Moore’s Law Is Dead (@mooreslawisdead) February 3, 2022
MLID also states that the AMD Radeon RX 6000 RDNA 2 refresh graphics cards are called the RX 6950 XT, RX 6850 XT, and RX 6750 XT as of right now (also reported in previous rumors) & these would be the final names unless AMD decides something else.
AMD Radeon RX 6000 XT RDNA 2 Graphics Card Refresh
The AMD Navi 21 and Navi 22 GPUs are the ones that will be refreshed for the upcoming Radeon RX 6X50XT lineup. The AMD Navi 21 GPU currently powers the Radeon RX 6900 XT, RX 6800 XT & RX 6800 while the Navi 22 GPU powers the RX 6700 XT on the desktop platform. So if AMD was to use a similar GPU naming convention as their mobile lineup, then their replacements coming in Q2 2022 are going to be known as the Radeon RX 6950 XT, RX 6850 XT, RX 6750 XT.
From the previous rumor, we came to know that these cards would also feature 18 Gbps GDDR6 memory dies. Currently, all cards except the upcoming RX 6500 XT & the flagship RX 6900 XT LC, features 16 Gbps memory dies. The bump to 18 Gbps might offer higher bandwidth and increase performance by 2-5% but that doesn’t indicate a huge difference with the refreshed series. AMD seems to not be considering Navi 23 GPUs for the upgrade as they are more mainstream offerings and were released recently compared to the higher-end variants which have been out for over a year now.
It would’ve been worthwhile if AMD gave its existing desktop GPUs the 6nm treatment & managed to get more performance efficiency out of them but that clearly isn’t happening. It looks like this soft refresh is going to be a very silent release and will only come specifically via AIB cards.
There would also be a small price difference and the TGP numbers are expected to go up slightly with the addition of the faster memory chips. These GPUs will likely compete with Intel’s high-end ARC Alchemist GPUs that are launching in a few months.
The following table shows all the RDNA 2 graphics cards that AMD is currently offering:
AMD Radeon RX 6000 ‘RDNA 2’ Desktop Graphics Card Lineup:
|Graphics Card Name||GPU Codename||Process Node||Compute Units / Cores||Memory Capacity / Bus||Memory Clock||TGP||Price (MSRP)||Launch|
|Radeon RX 6950 XT||Navi 21 XTXH?||7nm||80 / 5120||16 GB / 256-bit||18 Gbps||300W?||$999 US?||2022|
|Radeon RX 6900 XT LC||Navi 21 XTXH||7nm||80 / 5120||16 GB / 256-bit||18 Gbps||330W||$1199 US||July 2021|
|Radeon RX 6900 XTX||Navi 21 XTXH||7nm||80 / 5120||16 GB / 256-bit||16 Gbps||300W||$999 US||October 2020|
|Radeon RX 6900 XT||Navi 21 XTX||7nm||80 / 5120||16 GB / 256-bit||16 Gbps||300W||$999 US||October 2020|
|Radeon RX 6850 XT||Navi 21 XT?||7nm||72 / 4608||16 GB / 256-bit||18 Gbps||300W||$649 US?||2022|
|Radeon RX 6800 XT||Navi 21 XT||7nm||72 / 4608||16 GB / 256-bit||16 Gbps||300W||$649 US||October 2020|
|Radeon RX 6850||Navi 21 XL?||7nm||60 / 3840||16 GB / 256-bit||18 Gbps||250W||$579 US?||2022|
|Radeon RX 6800||Navi 21 XL||7nm||60 / 3840||16 GB / 256-bit||16 Gbps||250W||$579 US||October 2020|
|Radeon RX 6750 XT||Navi 22 XT||7nm||40 / 2560||12 GB / 192-bit||18 Gbps||230W||$479 US?||2022|
|Radeon RX 6700 XT||Navi 22 XT||7nm||40 / 2560||12 GB / 192-bit||16 Gbps||230W||$479 US||March 2021|
|Radeon RX 6600 XT||Navi 23 XT||7nm||32 / 2048||8 GB / 128-bit||16 Gbps||160W||$379 US||July 2021|
|Radeon RX 6600||Navi 23 XL||7nm||28 / 1792||8 GB / 128-bit||14 Gbps||132W||$329 US||October 2021|
|Radeon RX 6500 XT||Navi 24 XT||6nm||16 / 1024||4 GB / 64-bit||16 Gbps||107W||$199 US||January 2022|
|Radeon RX 6500||Navi 24 XL||6nm||12 / 768?||4 GB / 64-bit||16 Gbps?||TBD||$149 US?||2022|
|Radeon RX 6400||Navi 24 XL||6nm||12 / 768||4 GB / 64-bit||16 Gbps||53W||$139 US?||January 2022|