The information is confusing it is not confirmed, but the prototype is totally real and it looks like it will be based on rumors from two weeks ago about an AMD power chip, except that this time there are two important news. Is this an effective weapon against the high end of NVIDIA?
AMD RX 6900 XTX, real or simple version with AIO?
There has been no official announcement at Computex, nor any statement on a new model that should arrive on the market soon, on the contrary, absolute silence. This is AMD’s new policy and as such only leaks and users with more contacts can shed light.
But in this case, we are talking about something very real, since this new GPU has already been seen in China via a pre-built system and was subsequently listed at a retailer in Brazil. The model in question is signed Sapphire and as we can see, it refers to an AMD reference design, so we can perfectly well be in front of a new batch of GPUs for OEMs and manufacturers.
What we do know for sure is that AMD had a new chip for them Navi 21 XTXH with increased PL range as well as its frequencies, so that in many scenarios it manages to challenge the RTX 3090 at almost 50% lower cost in today’s market.
A simple name mistake?
Although the new GPU appears with such a name at the Brazilian retailer, the truth is that its specs are anything but that of an RX 6900 XT. And it is that apart from the exorbitant price (4660 dollars to change, 3831 dollars) this new GPU integrates a liquid-cooled AIO with a single fan which will cool both the chip itself and its new memories.
This is because the retailer curiously quotes a speed of 18 Gbps on GDDR6 (+ 12.5%), AMD would therefore have stored the new Samsung chips in a certain volume to bring better performance to the card, especially taking into account that it will achieve a higher clock speed.
More specifically, the figures which are processed according to said retailer are 2250 MHz for Game Clock Yes 2435 MHz for Boost Clock (+ 8.2%, an interesting climb without a doubt. Another of the most striking sections is the fact that it only includes two 8-pin connectors for its power supply instead of the common 3 of its big sister.
This could indicate that the consumption is closer to the RX 6900 XT than to the new chip of the supposed RX 6900 XTX. It is true that a lower temperature implies lower consumption due to the lower voltage required at the same frequency, but we do not know to what extent this is filled to remove a power connector. In any case, AMD has had a benchmark GPU by water for years, we may be facing the same case with some improvements.
The question is obvious, will it compete with the RTX 3090 in performance with a lower actual price?