Radeon RX 6900 XT Custom Boards Reportedly Inbound From AMD Partners

AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
AMD this week unveiled its Radeon RX 6000 series, culminating in the Radeon RX 6900 XT, a beastly card that is supposed to give NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3090 a run for the money. We shall see. What also remains to be seen is if AMD opens up custom designs from its add-in board (AIB) partners for its flagship Big Navi GPU.

During the launch event, AMD made no indication that companies like Gigabyte and others would be afforded the opportunity of offering custom variants, which typically include factory overclocks and fancy cooling solutions, among other bells and whistles. But it is still early in the game, so let's not rule out the possibility.

According to Andreas Schilling at hardwareLUXX, AMD's hardware partners very much would like to offer custom designs, and they are talking about AMD about the possibility of doing so.

"AMD is in talks with partners about custom models of the Radeon RX 6900 XT. So far, there is just an MBA (made by AMD) planned, but obviously partners interested in offering own designs with custom coolers," Schilling said on Twitter.

A Red Devil variant from PowerColor would be especially enticing, or even a Liquid Devil model with its own full-body water cooler. We already knew AMD is not adverse to liquid cooling its next-gen cards, given that it has teamed up with EKWB on some sleek-looking liquid cooling blocks, both for its Radeon RX 6000 series GPUs, and its Ryzen 5000 series CPUs.
Incidentally, PowerColor is indeed teasing the Red Devil treatment for AMD's RDNA 2 stack, though there is no mention if that will include the Radeon RX 6900 XT, or just the Radeon RX 6800 XT and/or Radeon RX 6800.

Regardless of what emerges, it will be interesting to see what the Radeon RX 6900 XT delivers, in terms of performance. Its specs are meaty—the card wields 80 compute units and 5,120 stream processors, up to a 2,250MHz boost clock and up to a 2,015MHz game clock, 128 ROPs, 320 texture units, and 16GB of GDDR6 memory (16Gbps) on a 256-bit memory bus.

The Radeon RX 6900 XT launches to retail on December 8, 2020, priced at $999.