With the AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT flagship graphics card now available for purchase, reviews from the media have been released. PCWorld’s Brad Chacos says it is indeed a super fast GPU, and Hot Hardware’s Marco Chiappetta calls it “the most powerful Radeon card ever. Radeon graphics card ever”. It just doesn’t seem to be priced as high as $1,000 for most consumers.
In Tom’s Hardware’s tests, the RX 6900 XT achieved an average frame rate of 85fps at 4K resolution in 13 game benchmarks. In 2K / 1440p resolution, it was able to achieve 136.1 fps.
Most reviews indicate that overall, the AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT provides a better gaming experience than the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090, although there are some inconsistencies in performance for individual games.
In addition, PCWorld and Guru3D report that at lower resolutions, the RX 6900 XT and RTX 3090 have comparable frame rates. And at higher resolutions, NVIDIA has a bit more of an advantage.
In terms of price, the RX 6900 XT has a somewhat lower official guide price. But whichever one consumers choose, the price/performance ratio is still pretty good (if you can snag it without a price increase).
Hot Hardware notes that the RTX 3090 has a bit more of an overall advantage, but AMD’s pricing strategy is also relatively favorable, although Chiappetta believes the RX 6900 XT doesn’t ultimately beat the competition.
In terms of optical tracking, the AMD Radeon RX 6000 series, which is a first taste of hardware optical tracking, is significantly behind the Nvidia RTX 3000 series, which is in its second generation.
Tom’s Hardware’s Jarred Walton argues that a flagship GPU product priced this high should not ignore the optical tracking experience. But Guru3D counters that not all users care about hardware-level optical tracking. AMD graphics cards are still a more affordable option for this segment of customers.
Tom Warren, senior editor at TheVerge, says the 4K/1440p gaming experience on the RX 6900 XT is still quite good, and PCWorld emphasizes that the RX 6900 XT is indeed better suited for content creation professionals.
But if the RX 6900 XT has only a 4-7% speed advantage over the RX 6800 XT, the price difference between the two isn’t really worth it.