AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT custom models are just as expensive as NVIDIA’s RTX 3090 Ti in early listings, priced at US$2400

AMD’s soon-to-be-released flagship Radeon RX 6950 XT graphics card will be an expensive graphics card if the early listings are to pass. The card, which will be part of the RDNA 2 refresh GPU lineup, has been listed by an Australian retailer with similar pricing to NVIDIA’s RTX 3090 Ti cards.

AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT graphics card is as expensive as NVIDIA RTX 3090 Ti in top listings with price up to US$2400

AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT graphics cards are expected to be announced soon and we are now seeing retailers listing them. Gigabyte seems to be working on its own custom model, the RX 6950 XTGaming OC which was listed for $3241.54 AUD or just a little above $2400 USD. This price is very close to custom models of the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti graphics card and a difference of $1,200 to $1,000 AUD between custom RX 6900 XT models listed by the same retailer. Now, as this is a preliminary list, we’ll definitely see much lower prices as the new card nears street launch, but for now, expect similar prices.

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The Gigabyte Radeon RX 6950 XT is just as expensive as custom RTX 3090 Ti graphics cards. (Image credits: Videocardz)

That’s not all, Videocardz (Via Momomo_US) was able to get the full list of custom Radeon RX 6×50 XT graphics cards from Gigabyte that will be launching on May 10th. The programming has been submitted to the CEE and the complete list can be consulted in the table below:

Gigabyte RX 6x50XT graphics cards

AMD Radeon RX 6000 XT RDNA 2 Graphics Card Refresh

The AMD Navi 21, Navi 22, and Navi 33 GPUs are the ones that will be refreshed for the upcoming Radeon RX 6X50 XT line. The AMD Navi 21 GPU currently powers the Radeon RX 6900 XT, RX 6800 XT and RX 6800 while the Navi 22 GPU powers the RX 6700 XT and the Navi 23 GPU powers the RX 6600 XT and 6600 on the desktop platform. The graphics cards will come with 18 Gbps memory along with some clock improvements.

From the previous rumour, we learned that these cards will also feature 18Gbps GDDR6 memory arrays. Currently, all cards except the upcoming RX 6500 XT and the flagship RX 6900 XT LC have 16 Gbps memory. Upgrading to 18 Gbps might offer higher bandwidth and increase performance by 2-5%, but that doesn’t indicate a huge difference with the refreshed series. There will obviously be process improvements incorporated into the new RDNA 2 refresh GPUs since we’ve heard rumors of the RX 6950 XT clocking over 2.5GHz.

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It would have been worth it if AMD gave its existing desktop GPUs the 6nm processing and managed to squeeze more efficiency out of it, but that’s clearly not happening. It looks like this soft refresh will feature both “midnight black” and custom reference model designs.

There would also be a small price difference and the TGP numbers should increase slightly with the addition of the faster memory chips. These GPUs will likely compete with Intel’s high-end ARC Alchemist GPUs launching in a few months, while the flagship Radeon RX 6950 XT is clearly aimed at NVIDIA’s RTX 3090 Ti graphics card, which is a splurge energy hungry.

The following table lists all RDNA 2 graphics cards currently offered by AMD:

AMD Radeon RX 6000 ‘RDNA 2’ Desktop Graphics Card Series:

Graphics card nameGPU code nameProcess nodeCompute units/coresMemory capacity / BusMemory clockTGPPrice (MSRP)To throw
Radeon RX 6950 XTNavi 21 XTXH?7nm80 / 512016 GB / 256 bit18 Gbps300W?US$999?April 2022
Radeon RX 6900 XTLCNavi 21 XTXH7nm80 / 512016 GB / 256 bit18 Gbps330WUS$1199July 2021
Radeon RX 6900 XTXNavi 21 XTXH7nm80 / 512016 GB / 256 bit16 Gbps300WUS$999October 2020
Radeon RX 6900 XTNavi 21 XTX7nm80 / 512016 GB / 256 bit16 Gbps300WUS$999October 2020
Radeon RX 6800 XTShips 21 XT7nm72 / 460816 GB / 256 bit16 Gbps300WUS$649October 2020
Radeon RX6800Ships 21XL7nm60 / 384016 GB / 256 bit16 Gbps250WUS$579October 2020
Radeon RX 6750 XTShips 22 XT?7nm40 / 256012 GB / 192 bit18 Gbps230W?US$479?April 2022
Radeon RX 6700 XTShips 22 XT7nm40 / 256012 GB / 192 bit16 Gbps230WUS$479March 2021
Radeon RX 6650 XTShips 23 XT?7nm32 / 20488 GB / 128 bit18 Gbps160W?US$379?April 2022
Radeon RX 6600 XTShips 23 XT7nm32 / 20488 GB / 128 bit16 Gbps160WUS$379July 2021
Radeon RX6600Ships 23XL7nm28/17928 GB / 128 bit14 Gbps132WUS$329October 2021
Radeon RX 6500 XTShips 24 XT6nm16 / 10244 GB / 64 bit16 Gbps107WUS$199January 2022
Radeon RX6500Ships 24 XL6nm12 / 768?4 GB / 64 bit16 Gbps?To be determinedUS$149?April 2022
Radeon RX6400Ships 24 XL6nm12 / 7684 GB / 64 bit16 Gbps53W$139?January 2022

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