AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Liquid Cooled Now Available With 18Gbps GDDR6, 2435MHz Boost Clock
The clean design features a single radiator, with AMD claiming that it "enables the best of 4K gaming with ultra-high frame rates at max settings, with the noise and temperature benefits of liquid cooling designs." Compared to the standard, air-cooled version, the Radeon RX 6900 XT will deliver even more performance, which means that we should expect a considerable price premium.
While the Radeon RX 6900 XT still features 16GB of GDDR6 memory, it received a boost to 18Gbps speeds versus 16Gbps. In addition, Boost and Game clocks have been uplifted from 2250MHz/2015MHz to 2435MHz and 2250MHz, respectively. Peak texture filtrate rises from 720 GT/s to 779.2 GT/s while memory bandwidth climbs from 512GB/s to 576GB/s. Finally, the total board power has increased from 300 watts to 330 watts.
This will be a formidable graphics card for 4K gaming, and it will be interesting to see how it fares against the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 and the new GeForce RTX 3080 Ti. With that being said, the folks over at BiliBili managed to get their hands on an early version of the card and indicate that it is roughly 5 percent faster than the reference Radeon RX 6900 XT.
At this time, AMD hasn't made an official U.S. announcement concerning the Radeon RX 6900 XT Liquid Cooled, but we'd imagine that one is coming very shortly. That leads us to questions of pricing and availability. The standard Radeon RX 6900 XT is priced at $999, but that is an arbitrary figure at this point, considering that it is nearly impossible to find one in stock from a reputable retailer.
Instead, the graphics cards are selling for $1,700 to $2,000 on eBay. We could imagine that AMD might price that Radeon RX 6900 XT Liquid Cooled at the $1,199 to $1,299 price point, which would put it in the same ballpark as the $1,199 GeForce RTX 3080 Ti. The GeForce RTX 3090, however, would still reign supreme as the most expensive current-generation graphics card at $1,499. However, these prices, again, really don't have any relevance during today's crazy chip shortages. A quick trip to eBay shows that the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and GeForce RTX 3090 are currently selling for an average of $2,100 and $2,800, respectively.
So, while we commend AMD and NVIDIA for pushing the envelope when it comes to performance, many gamers still don't have the opportunity to buy these graphics cards at MSRP, which is unfortunate.
Updated June 16th @ 10:53am
Maingear is currently offering the Radeon RX 6900 XT Liquid Cooled as a BTO option in its desktop systems.