We’re just a handful of days away from the official announcement and subsequent launch of the Radeon RX 6X50 XT mid-cycle RDNA 2 refresh. This is basically AMD‘s last push to get as many RDNA 2 GPUs out there while squeezing every last drop of performance from the silicone. Despite AMD’s tight-lipped stance on the series, leaks and reports from sources abound have kept us satiated and we know pretty much everything about the lineup before its official release.
Keeping in that spirit of getting information from unofficial channels, today Wccftech posted a lengthy benchmark breakdown of the entire Radeon RX 6X50 XT lineup, testing the cards in 3DMark software, including Time Spy, Fire Strike, and Port Royal. While these are just synthetic benchmarks that hold little value in face of gaming performance, they still provide a medium of comparison that we can look at to draw interesting conclusions.
Before we actually look a the results, let’s first go over some of the important preliminary details pertaining to the benchmarks. Right away, the cards part of this test were the Radeon RX 6650 XT, the Radeon RX 6750 XT, and the Radeon RX 6950 XT, the three SKUs that will be launching very soon. Wccftech used the reference design models for all the cards for their testing, running at their boost clock speeds.
As for the test bench, a Ryzen 7 5800X3D was used across all of the AMD GPUs, and the NVIDIA GPUs as well. Furthermore, since we’re on the AM4 platform, Wccftech was limited to DDR4 memory and, as such, used 3600Mhz DDR4 RAM in their testing, but the capacity wasn’t specified. Software wise, the CPU was running on the latest 22.10-220411n drivers within Windows 10.
Getting right into the crux of it, the Radeon RX 6950 XT scores 22,209 points in 3DMark Time Spy, in comparison to just 20,855 posted by the RTX 3090 Ti. That means the Radeon offering is 6.5% faster than what is the current fastest mainstream gaming GPU on the market. Adding insult to injury is the fact that even with a heavy overclock of 2.2Ghz applied on the RTX 3090 Ti, it only manages to edge the RX 6950 XT by just 1%.
With the GPU overclocked to 2200Mhz and the memory clocked to 23.5Gbps, the RTX 3090 Ti nets 22,408 points on the board. That is around 200 more points than what the RX 6950 XT achieved at its factory clock speeds. In turn, that means with a minor overclock applied to the GPU or the memory, the RDNA 2 card can easily topple the RTX 3090 Ti, at least in this particular test.
Moreover, the benchmarks reveal that the Radeon RX 6750 XT is faster than the RTX 3070 Ti and the Radeon RX 6650 XT is faster than NVIDIA’s RTX 3060. A comparison of all of the GPUs tested by Wcctech in Time Spy has been attached below, in which you can see how each of the RX 6X50 XT refresh GPUs easily beat out their closest NVIDIA counterparts. Do keep in mind that there is a slight margin of error at play here due to some GPUs running different test setups.
Moving on to 3DMark Fire Strike, we see a repeat of the previous Time Spy benchmark as each of the RDNA 2 graphics cards beat out similar-tiered RTX cards. Wccftech didn’t provide precise comparison numbers here so we’re just going to have to take their word for it. Plus, Fire Strike has been AMD’s strong suite since the start anyways so these results are not hard to believe.
That being said, the whole situation shakes up drastically when we come to the final benchmark and that is 3DMark Port Royal. This test severely favors the NVIDIA RTX 30 series because of the more advanced RT core architecture. As such, the Radeon RX 6950 XT is only able to go toe-to-toe against the RTX 3080 and even then it can’t actually beat the GPU, only somewhat match its performance.
Similarly, the RX 6750 XT is only as fast as an RTX 2080 but significantly slower than the current-gen RTX 3060 Ti. The same story follows for the last card in the lineup, the RX 6650 XT, which is just barely faster than the RTX 3050 in Port Royal. All in all, the Radeon RX 6950 XT achieved 10,824 points in this test, while the RX 6750 XT and the RX 6650 XT each managed to score 6,369 points and 4,697 points respectively.
Lastly, just for fun, Wccftech threw in some 3DMark 11 benchmarks in there as well which you can check out below. Again, nothing to compare this against here but it gives you a good base metric to evaluate the cards’ performance.
Radeon RX 6X50 XT is coming
It’s important to keep in mind that the tests above were conducted with reference designs that come with AMD’s factory clock settings. What that means is cards from AIBs will more than likely beat these scores due to their higher boost clocks and power limits. In fact, Sapphire is already working on a bunch of RX 6X50 XT graphics cards that will supposedly break the 2.5Ghz maximum boost frequency barrier, again, suggesting that there is even more performance to be unlocked here.
AMD’s RDNA 2 refresh featuring the RX 6X50 XT lineup is set to launch on May 10th with no apparent announcement beforehand. The company has not said a word about the cards’ existence or even acknowledged its presence which does point to a day-and-date reveal and release. Pricing has so far not been confirmed behind the scenes either, but the lineup is expected to not cost more than the list price of the existing SKUs these will replace.
With RDNA 3 and NVIDIA’s Ada Lovelace right around the corner, this is the perfect time for AMD to launch these new GPUs to as a sort of rebuttal to Intel. The Blue Team is rumored to launch its Arc A-Series of desktop GPUs this May, and AMD targeting a May release as well could be a deliberate ploy to draw attention away from the former’s release. Competition is once again heating up and the battle for the consumer’s pocket is about to commence soon, let’s just hope the big players actually have the stock to back it all up this time around.
All image credits go to Wccftech.