AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT: specs and benchmarks

AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT

Summary

AMD started Radeon RX 6900 XT sales 8 December 2020 at a recommended price of $999. This is high-end Navi / RDNA2 architecture desktop card based on 7 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 16 GB of GDDR6 memory clocked at 16 GHz are supplied, and together with 256 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 512.0 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is triple-slot card attached via PCIe 4.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 267 mm. Two 8-pin power connectors are required, and power consumption is at 300 Watt.

It provides outstanding gaming and benchmark performance and is currently a leader of our rating.

General info

Of Radeon RX 6900 XT's architecture, market type and release date.

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
1.88
 
Architecture
Navi / RDNA2
 
GPU code name
Navi 21
 
Market segment
Desktop
 
Launch date
8 December 2020 (less than a year ago)
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$999
 
Price now
$2015 (2x MSRP)
 
of 11080 (Quadro GV100)

Technical specs

Radeon RX 6900 XT's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon RX 6900 XT's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
5120
 
of 10752 (GA102)
Core clock speed
1825 MHz
 
Boost clock speed
2250 MHz
 
Number of transistors
26,800 million
 
Manufacturing process technology
7 nm
 
Thermal design power (TDP)
300 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate
720.0
 

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon RX 6900 XT's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

Interface
PCIe 4.0 x16
 
Length
267 mm
 
Supplementary power connectors
2x 8-pin
 

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon RX 6900 XT: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory type
GDDR6
 
Maximum RAM amount
16 GB
 
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
of 6144 (GRID A100A)
Memory clock speed
16000 MHz
 
of 19500 (GeForce RTX 3090)
Memory bandwidth
512.0 GB/s
 
of 1024 (Radeon VII)
Shared memory
-
 

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon RX 6900 XT. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.

Display Connectors
1x HDMI, 2x DisplayPort, 1x USB Type-C
 
HDMI
+
 

API support

APIs supported by Radeon RX 6900 XT, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX
12 Ultimate (12_2)
 
Shader Model
6.5
 
OpenGL
4.6
 
OpenCL
2.1
 
Vulkan
1.2
 

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of Radeon RX 6900 XT. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

100.00

3DMark Fire Strike Score

39057

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

50587

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

59119

Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

26458

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Radeon RX 6900 XT is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

This video card matches 100% minimum and 100% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
100%
Recommended
100%
Minimum
100%
Recommended
100%

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular games across different resolutions:

1080p
 
196
 
1440p
 
137
 
4K
 
85
 

1920x1080
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey
 
117
 
Assassin's Creed Valhalla
 
169
 
Battlefield 5
 
195
 
Cyberpunk 2077
 
152
 
Far Cry New Dawn
 
126
 
Forza Horizon 4
 
283
 
Hitman 3
 
283
 
Horizon Zero Dawn
 
205
 
Red Dead Redemption 2
 
196
 
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
 
222
 
Watch Dogs: Legion
 
190
 

1920x1080
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey
 
106
 
Assassin's Creed Valhalla
 
142
 
Battlefield 5
 
196
 
Cyberpunk 2077
 
127
 
Far Cry New Dawn
 
123
 
Forza Horizon 4
 
279
 
Hitman 3
 
276
 
Horizon Zero Dawn
 
174
 
Metro Exodus
 
164
 
Red Dead Redemption 2
 
124
 
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
 
207
 
Watch Dogs: Legion
 
170
 

1920x1080
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey
 
98
 
Assassin's Creed Valhalla
 
137
 
Battlefield 5
 
197
 
Cyberpunk 2077
 
106
 
Far Cry New Dawn
 
118
 
Forza Horizon 4
 
248
 
Watch Dogs: Legion
 
121
 

2560x1440
High Preset

Hitman 3
 
213
 
Horizon Zero Dawn
 
136
 
Metro Exodus
 
102
 
Red Dead Redemption 2
 
82
 
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
 
159
 

2560x1440
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey
 
99
 
Assassin's Creed Valhalla
 
109
 
Battlefield 5
 
196
 
Cyberpunk 2077
 
72
 
Far Cry New Dawn
 
117
 
Forza Horizon 4
 
231
 
Watch Dogs: Legion
 
91
 

3840x2160
High Preset

Hitman 3
 
128
 
Horizon Zero Dawn
 
76
 
Metro Exodus
 
67
 
Red Dead Redemption 2
 
55
 
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
 
85
 

3840x2160
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey
 
68
 
Assassin's Creed Valhalla
 
66
 
Battlefield 5
 
134
 
Cyberpunk 2077
 
35
 
Far Cry New Dawn
 
101
 
Forza Horizon 4
 
162
 
Watch Dogs: Legion
 
54
 

NVIDIA equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon RX 6900 XT from NVIDIA is GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 1 position in our rating.

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