AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT Review

Conclusion

AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT Review

Conclusion

The Radeon RX 6950 XT is a bit of a strange proposition, depending up your viewpoint. If you come into it expecting to see similar performance increases as you'd get from a Ti Nvidia card then it definitely isn't that. There are no increases in either Shader count or the number of Ray Accelerators. All the benefits are to be found from the effective memory bandwidth when utilising the AMD Infinity Cache, and the raw clock speed increases on the RDNA 2 GPU itself.

Certainly if you've no indulged yourself in the 6000 series AMD Radeon cards, then it is comfortably the best one they can currently offer. The performance is excellent across the board, with only a few of the most demanding titles having issues at 4K. The main weakness of the RX 6950 XT is the same weakness that we've seen with this whole range of AMD cards, namely Ray-Tracing. This isn't a big shock as Ray-Tracing requires a huge number of dedicated processors and the early Nvidia options were limited in this department too. No amount of GPU clock speed increase will overcome that, so if you really want to make the most of the ray-tracing capable games on the market then you'll have to wait for the 7000 series of AMD cards to appear.

Right now this is exactly what you would imagine it to be; i.e a faster Radeon RX 6900 XT. All of which means that the same joys - performance in Far Cry 6 or the Codemaster F1 series - are exactly as brilliant as they were before, and all the flaws - ray-tracing games and certain 4K scenarios - are just as weak as they were with the 6900. Clock speed can only do so much.

The biggest benefit to the card is also the same as the 6000 AMD Radeon range when compared to their Nvidia rival, and that is one of pricing. The MSRP for the RX 6950 XT is $1099, slotting it somewhere between the RTX 3080 and RTX 3080 Ti. Clearly the performance isn't as consistent as the latter, but in the games that suit it the RX 6950 XT is better than the RTX 3080. How much you're willing to put up with its foibles are very much related to the type of game that you're playing and how invested you are in the AMD brand. Certainly if you paired this with the Ryzen 7 5800X3D then you'll get even better results than we had here today, but with that processor the results would be better almost regardless of which GPU you use, as we showed you in our recent reviews.

If you think of the Radeon RX 6950 XT as the best possible 6000 series card then there is an awful lot to like about it. If you were hoping it would be a massively upgraded version of the RX 6900 XT, then perhaps temper your expectations.

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10-05-2022, 14:34:04

Dicehunter
Very impressive performance especially for the price, If AMD had stronger RT performance, As it is a selling point for me, I'd jump ship in a heartbeat.Quote

10-05-2022, 15:59:42

AlienALX
I'm more impressed that at least on OCUK it is "only" £1099. Pretty much the same price as the 6900XT. CCL however are clearly on something with their almost £1400 price.

That said after having seen how not very impressive it is VS the also hugely over priced 6800XT I can't say I would ever consider buying one. Not when the 3080 is cheaper than both for the 10gb and the same price as a 6800XT for the 12gb model.

Especially given the review I watched (GN) did not include anything to do with RT, and much more importantly DLSS.Quote

11-05-2022, 10:35:41

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
I'm more impressed that at least on OCUK it is "only" £1099. Pretty much the same price as the 6900XT. CCL however are clearly on something with their almost £1400 price.

That said after having seen how not very impressive it is VS the also hugely over priced 6800XT I can't say I would ever consider buying one. Not when the 3080 is cheaper than both for the 10gb and the same price as a 6800XT for the 12gb model.

Especially given the review I watched (GN) did not include anything to do with RT, and much more importantly DLSS.

Depends on the card, you have to compare like for like. Ive seen some models at £1900Quote

11-05-2022, 12:13:56

KingNosser
Well my 6800xt on a 1700 isn't far behind this maybe once i get this bios and switch in my 5800x I could out perform it, the DXR is ok in all the games I've played obviously behind.

I wouldn't buy any card atm just too close to the next batch.

Can't say i'm impressed by them and either the prices still not close to the original msrp. if they'd come out 6months sooner then maybe if the prices were better but can't see many buying these.

It's stock clearence and a slight bump saying that the midnight black is better suits more builds, but i'll not need a card anytime soon, but my nitro + SE was way overpriced when i got it saw them going for £1500 it was tempting but i do like my card and needed it

give it 6months and the new batch will be out and i'm expecting price rises all round from all sides.

They didn't make the 6850xt as it would have beaten the higher cards with a overclock even i've had 2600mhz without any effort, but i'm even expecting higher on my chip switch Quote

11-05-2022, 12:33:12

AlienALX
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Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Depends on the card, you have to compare like for like. Ive seen some models at £1900
that's just mental man. Dang.

I can't see any huge problems with the Red Devil tbh. They actually dropped the price £20 to compete with Scan too.

Which makes it utterly obvious that some OEMs (like Powecolor) are not taking the pee pee whilst others totally are still scalping.

Sapphire seem to be OK. Theirs are right around RRP atm. It's MSI etc that are the worst. Well, I say that, but Asrock are clearly high. Theirs are by far and away the most expensive Radeons and they don't even look all that great. Funny how they don't send them out for review either.Quote
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