AMD has recently unveiled its newest lineup of graphic cards, the Radeon RX 6000 Series.
The new Radeon RX 6000 Series includes the Radeon RX 6800, 6800 XT, and 6900 XT graphics cards. The last one is considered the fastest AMD gaming graphics card ever developed.
The new graphics cards are equipped with the AMD RDNA 2 gaming architecture — the new support for next-generation consoles, PCs, laptops, and mobile devices. It is intended to give the optimal combination of performance and power efficiency. The AMD RDNA 2 gaming architecture delivers up to two times higher performance in select titles with the AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT graphics card compared to the previous AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics card built on AMD RDNA architecture 1. The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT graphics card has up to 54% more performance-per-watt than the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics card using the same 7nm process technology 2.
The AMD RDNA 2 also gives several innovations such as advanced power-saving techniques to high-performance computing units to improve energy efficiency by up to 30% per cycle per compute unit and leveraging high-speed design methodologies a 30% frequency boost at the same power level. Additionally, it includes new AMD Infinity Cache technology that brings up to 2.4X greater bandwidth-per-watt compared to GDDR6-only AMD RDNA-based architectural designs.
The Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards support PCIe 4.0 technology and feature 16GB of GDDR6 memory to power 4K workloads. The Radeon RX 6000 Series graphics cards boast features such as:
• AMD Infinity Cache – A high-performance, last-level data cache suitable for 4K and 1440p gaming with the highest level of detail enabled. 128 MB of on-die cache reduces latency and power consumption, delivering higher overall gaming performance than traditional architectural designs.
• AMD Smart Access Memory – An exclusive feature of systems with AMD Ryzen 5000 Series processors, AMD B550 and X570 motherboards, and Radeon RX 6000 Series graphics cards. It gives AMD Ryzen processors greater access to the high-speed GDDR6 graphics memory, accelerating CPU processing and providing up to a 13% performance increase on an AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT graphics card in Forza Horizon 4 at 4K when combined with the new Rage Mode one-click overclocking setting.
• Built for Standard Chassis – With a length of 267mm and 2×8 standard 8-pin power connectors, and designed to operate with existing enthusiast-class 650W-750W power supplies, gamers can easily upgrade their existing large to small form factor PCs without additional cost.
• DirectX 12 Ultimate Support – Provides a powerful blend of raytracing, compute, and rasterized effects, such as DirectX Raytracing (DXR) and Variable Rate Shading elevate games to a new level of realism.
• DirectX Raytracing (DXR) – The AMD RDNA 2-based graphics cards are optimized to deliver real-time lighting, shadow, and reflection realism with DXR. When paired with AMD FidelityFX, which enables hybrid rendering, developers can combine rasterized and ray-traced effects to ensure an optimal combination of image quality and performance.
• AMD FidelityFX – An open-source toolkit for game developers available on AMD GPUOpen. It features a collection of lighting, shadow, and reflection effects that make it easier for developers to add high-quality post-process effects that make games look beautiful while offering the optimal balance of visual fidelity and performance.
• Variable Rate Shading (VRS) – It reduces the shading rate for different areas of a frame that do not require a high level of visual detail, delivering higher overall performance levels with little to no perceptible change in image quality.
Other than these, the graphics cards are also geared with Microsoft DirectStorage Support, Radeon Software Performance Tuning Presets, and Radeon Anti-Lag.
AMD Radeon RX 6800 and Radeon RX 6800 XT graphics cards are expected to roll out starting November 18. Both are priced at USD 579 and USD 649, respectively. Customers may purchase from the AMD website and global retailers. However, the AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT is expected to be available on December 8, 2020, for USD 999.
Meanwhile, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 and RX 6800 XT graphics cards are also expected to roll out from AMD board partners, including ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, PowerColor, SAPPHIRE, and XFX, in November 2020.