As expected, AMD has just announced its brand-new RX 6000 series of graphics cards and, needless to say, they’ve knocked it out of the park. If you’re in the market for a high-end GPU, you’ll be in for a treat!
Let’s Talk Gains
By using the exact same manufacturing process as with their Ryzen processors, AMD was able to deliver a 30% increase in clock speeds, over 50% in performance, without an obscene increase in power consumption. In other words, they’ve hit a home run.
The three RX 6000 GPUs that were just announced are the following: RX 6800 with 16GB GDDR6 memory (250W) for $579, the RX 6800 XT with 16GB GDDR6 memory (300W) for $649, and the top-of-the-line model RX 6900 XT with 16GB GDDR6 memory (300W) for $999.
AMD is also employing a different kind of approach this time around: they’re not undercutting Nvidia but are either selling their products at a slightly lower cost or are charging a bit more but are offering better “bang for buck.” In other words, this is quite an alluring set of graphics cards that has a lot to offer. Everyone lost their minds when Nvidia showcased their RTX 3000 series (and with good reason), but AMD seems to have one-upped them quite noticeably.
If you’re looking for a gaming GPU, it’s hard not to side with AMD. They’re offering insane value for the money and with 16 GB of memory across the board, you’ll have more than enough VRAM for the years to come.
A Unified Approach
AMD has also delivered something that’s a first in the industry: a unified ecosystem. Buyers can now go for an AMD CPU and GPU and gain even better performance, all for a lower cost than their competition. That, simply put, is absolutely spectacular. Now, AMD products often need a bit of time to “start rolling.” The driver support is often non-existent, they run hot, and they’re rough around the edges.
Think of AMD as a company that’s often going one step further (or at least over the last couple of years) all in the name of innovation and pushing the industry forward. This, of course, has a cost and more often than not it’s user experience. You can’t have it both ways. It took AMD a couple of years to deliver on their original promise with Ryzen but we’re finally there. The same could happen with the RX 6000 series, but even at their worst the overall experience should be far from subpar. AMD know what they’re doing, in no small part because of the mistakes they’ve made in the past.
Right now, they’re better than Intel in almost every segment of the market. And now they’ve pretty much done the same to Nvidia as well. They’re making huge, industry-changing moves, and watching it all go down is absolutely mesmerizing.
The fact that they’re competing on two entirely different markets with so much success is simply mind-blowing.
We’re still waiting on both Nvidia and AMD to announce a couple of GPUs that would slot in the more affordable segment of the market (something along the lines of a RTX 3060 and RX 6500), as not everyone’s looking to invest $500 in a graphics card. Fortunately, it’s only a matter of time before we get some news. The holiday season is right around the corner, and you can bet that both tech giants want to have something to offer to the budget-conscious gamers as well.
As always, we’ll bring you more coverage as things hit the web! And lastly, if you want to go over AMD’s presentation in a more official manner, you can do so by clicking here.