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AMD updates its RX 6000 desktop GPUs with higher clocks

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With the price of graphics cards starting to normalize, AMD has decided to refresh its desktop GPU lineup with the new Radeon RX 6950 XT, RX 6750 XT and RX 6650 XT.

While all three new graphics cards have similar specs to their predecessors (including the same amount of GDDR6 vRAM and number of compute units), AMD has tweaked their game clocks and memory speeds to deliver a small performance boost. As a result, coupled with new drivers in the latest version of AMD software (which is also out today), the company says its new GPUs should offer between 5 and 13 percent higher frame rates compared to previous models. Additionally, when paired with a late-model Ryzen CPU, AMD claims its new Radeon cards can use Smart Access Memory to improve performance by up to 14 percent in games like Forza 5 Horizon.

With a suggested retail price of $1,099 and $549, the RX 6950 XT and RX 6750 XT are intended as direct replacements for the outgoing RX 6900 XT and RX 6700 XT. That said, while the two new cards will be available directly from AMD, customers may see higher prices from third-party retailers as GPU offerings continue to fluctuate. Meanwhile, the $399 RX 6650 XT will be available only from AMD’s board partners (e.g. Gigabyte, MSI, XFX, etc.) and alongside other entry-level Radeon GPUs such as the RX 6600 XT.

The RX 6950 XT is designed for 4K gaming and is expected to compete with NVIDIA’s RTX 3090. It features a total board power of 335 watts, 16 GB of vRAM, 80 compute units and a game clock of 2,100 MHz. Meanwhile, the RX 6750 XT aims to support 1440p gaming while competing against the RTX 3070, with specs such as a 250-watt TBP, 12 GB vRAM, 40 compute units and a 2,495 MHz game clock. And for entry-level or budget-conscious people, the RX 6650 XT is aimed at 1080p gaming and looks set to rival the RTX 3060 with 180-watt TBP, 8 GB vRAM, 32 compute units, and 2,410 MHz game clock.

Finally, AMD’s latest updates round out with expanded support for AMD Privacy View for a wide variety of systems and a new UI slider that gives more control over image sharpness when using AMD Super Resolution 1.1. And while it won’t be available until later this summer, the company is announcing that too death loop will be the first game to support FidelityFX Super Resolution 2.0 through a public beta patch going live on May 12.

The new RX 6000 series cards should be available today from both AMD and AMD’s board partners.

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