AMD Radeon RX 6X50 graphics cards may replace existing lineup
One thing gamers always want is more power. So it’s not surprising that AMD may have one last trick up its sleeve for the current generation of Radeon cards. According to recent rumours WCCFTech and a leak from VideoCardz regarding the 6550 XT, the AMD Radeon 6X50 series refresh could completely replace the existing lineup.
We know some basic info from previous leaks and it seems the update will be mild in terms of revisions and the only upcoming replacements are the 6650 XT, 6750 XT and 6950 XT. The main supposed upgrade is faster GDDR6 memory, but it’s also likely that we’ll see faster GPU clock speeds across all models, which is noted in the 6650 XT leak.
Based on the leaked information on the Powercolor 6550 XT Hellhound, the refreshed model will feature a 4.4% increase in game clock and a 3.7% increase in boost clock speed, as well as around 9.5% faster VRAM. This should result in an overall performance increase of around 3-5% for the 6650 XT based on this information.
We don’t know if the GPUs will be the same for the refreshed variants, or if AMD has the manufacturing earnings to squeeze a bit more performance out of the refreshed models. For comparison, Nvidia released the 12GB RTX 3080 version, which offers more memory but also 3% more CUDA cores and a higher TDP for slightly better overall performance.
Nvidia’s partners initially decided to launch the refreshed RTX 3080 12GB version at significantly higher prices than the standard RTX 3080. This was due to favorable market conditions that made it easier for companies to sell the graphics cards for more than usual. However, supply and demand are now much closer together, as are prices. Even Nvidia’s partners are slashing prices on popular models like the RTX 3080 12GB to keep sales going at this point.
This may force AMD to replace the current lineup with the refreshed variants at the same prices. Otherwise, the minimal performance gains will give gamers little reason to pay more. There’s no word on whether reference cards will be available or if production units will be limited to partner designs like Sapphire, ASUS, MSI, Gigabyte, and others. We should find out soon enough as the AMD Radeon 6X50 update is expected on or around May 10th.
It looks like AIBs will stop manufacturing 6600/6700/6900 XT cards and focus on the new 6650/6750/6950 XT series instead.
So RDNA 2 Refresh looks more like a replacement than a high-end alternative to existing models.
– Hassan Mujtaba (@hms1193) April 19, 2022