AMD Nudges Radeon RX 6000-Series GPU Speeds

From CNET: AMD's midterm refresh of several RX 6000-series graphics cards holds few surprises. Available today, the Radeon RX 6950 XT ($1,299), RX 6750 XT ($599) and RX 6650 XT ($399) remain essentially the same as the RX 6900 XT, RX 6700 XT and RX 6600 XT they replace, but with boosted clock speeds to eke out some extra frames per second. As usual, AMD will offer its own cards with the 6950 and 6750 GPUs in addition to models from add-in board companies but only third-party versions based on the 6650.

While they should perform slightly better than the earlier models -- thanks to refined firmware, updated drivers and the aforementioned memory and GPU clock speed boosts -- they're not decision-changers; their performance ranks relative to their Nvidia competitors should remain the same, though there should be a narrower absolute gap between them and the next-up competing card in a similarly configured system. So no need to feel like you're missing out if you've recently upgraded.

In fact, given boards based on the new chips draw more power than their predecessors -- 35w for the RX 6950 XT and 20w for the other two -- I'd expect slightly more than the roughly 5-8% average improvement you gain. Despite the higher power needs, they probably don't bump up a power-supply class, so there's that.

AMD is also switching its Raise the Game Bundle, the free game promotion it sponsors that's offered by etailers with purchases of qualifying products, in conjunction with these releases. You can take advantage of the promotion now, though the specific details about which games and the redemption terms will be released within the next month or so when the bundle launches. AMD does say that the forthcoming Saints Row reboot and Sniper Elite 5 will be part of the mix.

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