AMD‘s upcoming RDNA 2 refresh featuring Radeon RX 6X50X series GPUs has long been rumored in the community with no official announcement from AMD thus far. We know that there are three SKUs being planned for this refresh and all of them will have slightly improved performance. Firstly, there is the RX 6950XT, AMD’s new flagship top-of-the-line GPU, then there’s the RX 6750XT, a new midrange offering, and finally we have the RX 6650XT, a budget card for value-oriented gamers.
For the longest time, everyone was speculating that AMD will launch these cards on April 20th alongside the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, but new information has surfaced that contradicts those early rumors. Videocardz has shared a new release date for these GPUs and has gained access to a picture featuring the reference design RDNA 2 refresh GPUs standing together from Disclosuzen, a highly reputed source in the industry with a near-perfect track record.
As you can see in the picture attached above, the first thing that jumps out is that striking black colorway never before seen on AMD RX 6000-series reference models. However, if you remember, back in 2021 AMD did launch a RX 6800XT Midnight Black Edition GPU that featured an identical color to the GPUs pictured above. And as far as we can tell, the RDNA 2 refresh reference models are sporting that exact same Midnight Black color by default.
Gone is the silver and black dual-color look in favor of an all-black shroud that honestly looks much sleeker, especially with that bright red Radeon logo accenting the black aesthetic nicely. Rest of the design is unchanged, however there is one big difference and that’s a new cooler design for two of the GPUs in this family. Yes, they look the same as existing RDNA 2 reference cards, just with a black color, but there’s a pretty massive change here.
Further changes and new release date
Firstly, the RX 6650XT, the left-most card can be seen rocking a dual-fan design which is an upgrade from the single-fan reference card that the RX 6600XT had. This puts the RX 6650XT reference design in line with almost all custom AIB variants that has dual-fan designs. Similarly, the RX 6750XT now features a triple-fan cooling system instead of just two fans that were present on the standard RX 6700 XT back when it launched.
This was most likely done to accommodate for the slightly upgraded specs of these GPUs, though one should note that the RX 6950XT has seemingly seen no changes to its design. All three of these cards have 18Gbps GDDR6 memory, which is a considerable bump from their standard variants. While other details, like the clock speeds and TDPs are still not confirmed, there is a high chance that they will see slight improvements as well.
It’s expected that all of the MBA (Made By AMD) GPUs will be sold on the company’s official store and we expect this because AMD did not sell the RX 6500XT single-fan reference design through its own store. Of course, along with these reference designs, AMD’s board partners will also be launching their own custom variants, likely with higher boost clocks and unlocked power limits pushing the cards to their absolute max.
AMD’s RX 6X50XT refresh is now on track to launch on May 10th, 2022, according to Videocardz. Furthermore, the once-OEM-exclusive RX 6400 is also reportedly launching on the same date for the DIY consumer market. More details about AMD’s latest RDNA 2 refresh such as availability of customs designs, pricing and more clarity on specs, will be emerging in the following weeks as we build up towards the official launch on May 10.