AMD's Refreshed RX 6X50 series now makes sense!
AMD's RX 6X50 will be a replacement for existing models, not a higher-end alternative
Published: 19th April 2022 | Source: Hassan Mujtaba |
It looks like AMD's RX 6X50 series is replacing their RX 6X00 series counterparts - Production of older models will reportedly stop
It looks like AMD's planned to launch a refreshed lineup of Radeon RX 6X50 series graphics cards in the near future, revitalising their GPU lineup with enhanced models of their existing RX 6000 XT series SKUs. AMD's RX 6600 XT, RX 6700 XT and RX 6900 XT will soon receive RX 6X50 XT upgrades, giving gamers access to models that feature higher core clock speeds and faster GDDR6X memory.
A replacement, not an alternative
According to Wccftech's Hassan Mujtaba, AMD's RX 6650 XT, RX 6750 XT and RX 6950 XT will replace the company's older RX 6000 XT series models. AMD's AIB partners will reportedly soon stop manufacturing RX 6600 XT, RX 6700 XT and RX 6900 XT series graphics cards and focus instead on AMD's RX 6650 XT, RX 6750 XT and RX 6950 XT graphics card models.
This shift makes sense given the specifications of AMD's Radeon RX 6X50 series graphics cards, as they use the same silicon as their RX 6X00 series counterparts. All AMD's upgraded models offer is faster memory and higher clock speeds, giving AMD's partners little reason to continue producing slower RX 6600 XT, RX 6700 XT and RX 6900 XT models.
If AMD ships their RX 6X50 series graphics cards with the same MSRP pricing as their existing RX 6000 XT models, AMD will be seen as giving PC gamers more value from their GPU purchases. This is a solid marketing move from AMD, though it would devalue their existing RX 6600 XT, RX 6700 XT and RX 6900 XT models.
What does AMD's RX 6650 XT, RX 6750 XT and RX 6900 XT models offer gamers?
The answer to this question is simple, more memory bandwidth and higher GPU clock speeds. Leaks for PowerColor's Radeon RX 6650 XT Hellhound graphics card have revealed that AMD will be shipping their RX 6650 XT with higher GPU clock speeds and faster GDDR6 memory (more information here). If all RX 6X50 XT GPUs feature the same 17.5 Gbps GDDR6 memory as the RX 6650 XT, they will all offer gamers a 9.3% increase in memory bandwidth. However, some models could feature faster 18Gbps GDDR6 memory, which would give users a larger memory bandwidth boost.
While AMD's RX 6X50 series GPUs will be faster than AMD's existing models, they will not offer gamers a huge performance uplift. These new GPU models are effectively overclocked versions of AMD's existing models, limiting their overall impact on the gaming market. Even so, progress is progress.
Like all RDNA 2 graphics cards, AMD's RX 6X50 series GPUs will support hardware accelerated Ray Tracing, Variable Rate Shading, Mesh Shaders, and all other DirectX 12 Ultimate features. These features will be very important to PC gamers moving forward, as these features are what will define what current-generation games will look like on PC and Xbox Series X/S. There will come a time that these features will be required to play new PC games.
If AMD is planning to replace their high-end RX 6000 series GPUs with new RX 6X50 series models, AMD's updated lineup will be seen as an upgrade for gamers. That said, if AMD asks for premium pricing for these cards, these new models will be poorly recieved by PC gamers and critics. Just look at Nvidia's RTX 3080 12GB and RTX 3090 Ti.
AMD needs to price these new GPU models well for them to be successful. This refresh needs to be more like Nvidia's RTX 20 Super series than Nvidia's RTX 30 Ti series launches.
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