RX 6950XT GPU refresh is faster than an RTX 3090 Ti in leaked benchmarks

Written by Chad Norton on Thu, May 5, 2022 3:10 PM

For a long time AMD has usually been a bit behind Nvidia in terms of raw performance when it comes to their graphics cards. With the RX 6000 series though, the Red Team managed to close that gap (maybe not in ray tracing performance). But Nvidia has always taken the crown with the fastest performing GPU on the market, though that looks to be changing soon…

AMD is gearing up for an RX 6000 series GPU refresh soon, including an RX 6950 XT, RX 6750 XT, and an RX 6650 XT. So far the RTX 3090 Ti has kept the title of fastest graphics card in the commercial market, but according to some leaked benchmarks the flagship RX 6950 XT refresh is actually faster than the Green Team’s top offering.

RX 6000 series GPU refresh benchmarks

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Take these results with a grain of salt, not just because they’re early benchmark leaks, but also because the tests were done with 3DMark’s Time Spy benchmark tool, which is not exactly reflective of actual gaming performance, but still gives us an idea of how the GPUs perform relative to each other. 

That said, the RX 6950 XT scores a blistering 22209, well ahead of the RTX 3090 Ti’s score of 20855. Compared to the previous flagship RX 6900 XT, which scored 18463 in the same test, that’s an improvement of over 20%. Similarly, the RX 6750XT sees an improvement of 16% over the RX 6700 XT, and the RX 6650 XT has an increase of 11% over the RX 6600 XT.

RX 6000 series GPU refresh relative performance gains

GPU Score Base model score % performance increase over base model
AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT 22209 18463 20.3%
AMD Radeon RX 6750 XT 13999 12029 16.4%
AMD Radeon RX 6650 XT 10262 9244 11.0%

It’s unclear what kind of improvements we’ll be seeing here exactly, but the refresh series is expected to receive faster GDDR6 memory and slightly higher power draws. Coupled with higher clock speeds and the performance gains in the leaked benchmarks above start to make more sense.

Of course, the real deal breaker here will be how these cards are priced - even though GPU prices are starting to normalize in Europe and some are even selling for MSRP again - especially considering that the next gen GPUs are not that far away now, and are rumored to see massive performance gains.

What do you think? Are you excited for the RX 6000 series refresh? How do you feel about the performance improvements above? Are they impressive enough to buy one before the RX 7000 series? Or do you think it’s just better to wait for the next-gen GPUs later this year? Let us know!

What do you think of the overall performance gains for the RX 6000 series GPU refresh?

Is it worth buying a RX 6000 GPU refresh card before the RX 7000 series?

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03:19 May-07-2022

xt was the standard 6900 core, the xtx was a higher binned version that was for most water-cooled gpus and a few air-cooled ones. this refresh (xtxh) is supposed to allow higher clocks just using wattman from a mature node. the higher transfer ram (18 instead of 16) brings takes the memory from 512 to 570 without increasing the clock rate of the memory.


i got a gpu score of 21401. reference model with thermal pads under the back cover.

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12:56 May-06-2022

I always wonder who "leaks" these benchmarks and whether or not the numbers are released after a controlled bench with a good OC applied to build hype. We can never know and I simply don't trust the "leaks".

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18:25 May-06-2022

i dunno, i just benched my system with a good 200mhz core and 200mhz mem. best i could get was 16618 overall score, 20715 just GPU

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19:15 May-06-2022

Yeah, but then have a look at the chart above for the 6900XT and see how much better your score is.


I'm not saying the new refreshes are bad, but I'm just questioning the methodology of these "leaks", since there's nothing to compare to openly, other than trust that they did it at stock clocks. Maybe I'm just cynical, but "I'll believe it when I see it" is kinda the way to go for me in life.

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19:28 May-06-2022

oh no im not trusting them either. 20715 isn't* 20% slower than 22000. and my overclock wasn't even 10% ( i think, without doing proper math) i dont see faster Vram and prob not THAT much more of a overclock than i done working out 20% faster

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23:27 May-05-2022

Generally, they look fine, if they hit right price points.


As for whether to upgrade, I always stick to classic question. Can your current graphic card do what you need it to do with good enough performance level? If yes, wait. If no, then you need it and you will eventually have to pull the trigger anyway. And sure, next gen is coming soon-ish, but it isn't next month. Plus waiting game can be played to infinity, because there will always be something coming.


Not to mention that if you want next gen on release, you will need to go for it quickly, Sure shortages are very unlikely to be anywhere close to what we got with Ampere/RDNA2, but cards being sold out for a month or two after release is normal even for before Ampere/RDNA2. So you want to make sure you can wait 1-3 months before you get new card after release. And from what I hear, a lot of people are waiting.


Another thing worth considering is what tier you want, since they will very likely have staggered release in attempt to upsell you to higher tier. Like release with 4090 and 4080, followed with 4070 bit latter, then a bit of break before 4060 gets out, so that could be 3 months or 6 months. So for top end, it makes a hell of a lot less sense to upgrade than for midrange, since you first need to wait for your tier to come out, then you need to wait for initial shortage to stop and then you are buying.


So it is down to whether you need to have something that is basically concrete and in front of you, Or whether you have something good enough and you can wait, even if wait extends a bit. Not sure how that saying translates properly, but "better bird in hand than two or three in the bush" is how I would put it, if you need it. Though if you want high end, you may want to skip current gen top end and basically go for something midrange, just good enough to allow you to wait till next gent. On used market that will lose less value than top end and, if current stuff just isn't working for you, at least you got something that will help with the wait.

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17:41 May-05-2022

5 days until these cards are released, time will tell if this turns out right or it will be only 4-6 %

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15:31 May-05-2022

I can see the RX6750XT and RX 6650XT being 10-15% faster than their previous counterparts, but how is the RX 6950XT 20% faster with only 12.5% higher VRAM and core clock speeds? Unless there is something more to it, maybe more L3 cache?

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23:17 May-05-2022

Keep in mind that benchmarks also can exaggerate difference, so it may look bigger here, but for gaming you can easily knock off 5%, maybe even more on top end. But we will have to see benchmarks to know. I am all for bigger performance bump, but I will have to see it to believe it.

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