Sapphire’s new RX 6900 XT NITRO SE delivers more than just a clock speed bump

Sapphire's new RX 6900 XT NITRO SE delivers more than just a clock speed bump

Sapphire’s new RX 6900 XT NITRO SE delivers more than just a clock speed bump

Sapphire has just launched a new Radeon RX 6900 XT graphics card, a Special Edition of the company’s existing Nitro model, offering gamers a new look, higher core clock speeds and a beefed-up power configuration. 

This Special Edition isn’t a simple graphics card re-release with bumped clock speeds; this new model offers users a redesigned heatsink, a higher maximum power target (for overclocking), a lot more RGB lighting, and versions that include/exclude a USB Type-C Display connector.

With the RX 6900 XT NITRO Special Edition, Sapphire promises a moderate clock speed bump to deliver a Game Clock 2135 MHz and a Boost Clock of 2365 MHz. Like all other Sapphire RX 6900 XT graphics cards, the RX 6900 XT NITRO features 5120 stream processors, 80 Ray Tracing accelerators and 16GB of 16 Gbps GDDR6 memory.  

More Power, More RGB

One of the major upgrades to the Sapphire RX 6900 XT is the addition of a 6-pin PCIe power connector, which can allow Sapphire’s RX 6900 XT t access up to 75 watts of additional power for overclocking. This supplements the dual 8-pin power configuration of Sapphire’s existing RX 6900 XT NITRO graphics cards, enabling higher clock speeds should users choose to overclock their graphics card. 

Sapphire has also redesigned the heatsink and backplate of their Radeon RX 6900 XT NITRO to offer users more RGB lighting, adding RGB illuminated fans and more lighting areas to the graphics card as a whole. The heatsink remains the same size as before, giving the NITRO SE the same dimensions as Sapphire’s standard NITRO. The graphics card remains 2.7-slots thick. 

Display Configuration Options

Sapphire’s RX 6900 XT ships with two variants, one of which comes with an HDMI 2.1 output and three DisplayPort 1.4 connections, while the other ships with HDMI 2.1, dual DisplayPort outputs and a single USB Type-C display connection. These options allow the RX 6900 XT to cater to the needs of a broader number of consumers. 

Model number 11308-0311308-07 features a Type-C connection, while model number 11308-03 features three DisplayPort outputs. 

  Radeon
RX 6800 XT
(Reference)

Radeon
RX 6900 XT
(Reference)

Sapphire
RX 6900 XT
NITRO
Sapphire
RX 6900 XT
NITRO SE
Compute Units 72 80 80 80
Game Frequency 2015 MHz 2015 MHz 2050 MHz  2135 MHz 
Boost Frequency 2250 MHz 2250 MHz 2285 MHz  2365 MHz 
VRAM Size 16GB 16GB 16GB 16GB
VRAM Speed 16 Gbps 16 Gbps 16 Gbps 16 Gbps
Infinity Cache 128MB 128MB 128MB 128MB
Power Inputs 2×8-pin 2×8-pin  2×8-pin 2×8-pin &
1×6-pin

Sapphire has not revealed the pricing of their RX 6900 XT NITRO at this time, though the graphics card is due to be available at retailers soon. Sadly, like all graphics cards, Sapphire’s initial stock of these graphics cards is not expected to last for very long. 

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