AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Review

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If you read our review of the Radeon RX 6800 pairing you'll already be aware of what the RX 6900 XT looks like. The cooler that was very much around the 80° mark on that particular GPU, and as the RX 6900 XT has just 8 more Compute Units for 512 more Stream Processors we expect similar results here. We're still so pleased AMD have ditched the blower style that we'll let them off.

AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Review  

Within the box you also get a giant mouse mat that is wrapped around you new purchase to help protect it even further. It's a nice packaging setup.


AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Review  

It's small potatoes when you're spending a grand on a GPU but this mouse mat is a strange size. It's not big enough to be one of those "battlestation" covers you see all the time, but neither is it small enough to just be a mouse mat. A full size keyboard would fill it up. Odd.


AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Review  

The cooler is very much the same as before, as we said above. The one area we find odd is that the RX 6800 has a white Radeon logo, the RX 6800 XT has an AMD red one, and the RX 6900 XT - the beefiest card in their range - reverts to the white logo. We were expecting RGB or something, especially on a card costing a grand. Hmm.


AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Review  
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Review  

We will still applaud AMD for the design of the cooler though. It's lovely to look at and we're big fans of the soft curves on the edges. Extra points go to AMD for leaving the PCI power inputs - two 8 pin here - where they are supposed to be rather than converting them to a 15 pin one in an L shape around the middle or something similar *coughNvidiacough*.


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Most Recent Comments

16-12-2020, 00:17:59

Stoly
I really like how the 6800 series look.

They look like pro cards, no bells, whistles or blinky LEDs. Its been a while since I really liked an AMD reference card design.Quote

16-12-2020, 03:48:24

Dicehunter
Great review Tom !

Other people have said in their review that they think something is wrong on the driver and/or firmware side, A card with a fair chunk more under the hood should perform better, Not match a lower tier card or just slightly edge it out in certain titles, Unless RDNA2 really doesn't scale well like AMD said in the past and there are diminishing returns beyond a certain CU count.Quote

16-12-2020, 08:04:11

AngryGoldfish
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Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
Great review Tom !

Other people have said in their review that they think something is wrong on the driver and/or firmware side, A card with a fair chunk more under the hood should perform better, Not match a lower tier card or just slightly edge it out in certain titles, Unless RDNA2 really doesn't scale well like AMD said in the past and there are diminishing returns beyond a certain CU count.
There's diminishing returns for overclocks as well. Hitting 2.8Ghz is nice, but it only introduces a little extra performance.Quote

16-12-2020, 20:45:05

Kaapstad
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Originally Posted by AngryGoldfish View Post
There's diminishing returns for overclocks as well. Hitting 2.8Ghz is nice, but it only introduces a little extra performance.
When the Asus Strix 6900 XT LC turns up it will be a beast because of the AIO unit it comes with.

Overclocking works well providing you keep the thing cool, failing that it is a case of diminishing returns because of throttling.Quote

17-12-2020, 03:40:05

FTLN
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Originally Posted by Kaapstad View Post
When the Asus Strix 6900 XT LC turns up it will be a beast because of the AIO unit it comes with.

Overclocking works well providing you keep the thing cool, failing that it is a case of diminishing returns because of throttling.

Lets just hope the pump on it doent make a horrible whining noise like all the EVGA AIO cards..Quote
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