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
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!