AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT vs NVIDIA RTX A5000

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
1.57
 
0.86
Architecture
Navi / RDNA2
 
Ampere
GPU code name
Navi 21
 
GA102
Market segment
Desktop
 
Desktop
Launch date
8 December 2020 (less than a year ago)
 
12 April 2021 (less than a year ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
$999
 
no data
Price now
$2376 (2.4x MSRP)
 
$4132

Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
5120
 
8192
Core clock speed
1825 MHz
 
no data
Boost clock speed
2250 MHz
 
1695 MHz
Number of transistors
26,800 million
 
28,300 million
Manufacturing process technology
7 nm
 
8 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)
300 Watt
 
230 Watt
Texture fill rate
720.0
 
433.9

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on 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
 
PCIe 4.0 x16
Length
267 mm
 
267 mm
Supplementary power connectors
2x 8-pin
 
1x 8-pin

Memory

Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory type
GDDR6
 
GDDR6
Maximum RAM amount
16 GB
 
24 GB
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
384 Bit
Memory clock speed
16000 MHz
 
16 GB/s
Memory bandwidth
512.0 GB/s
 
768.0 GB/s
Shared memory
-
 
no data

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display Connectors
1x HDMI, 2x DisplayPort, 1x USB Type-C
 
4x DisplayPort
HDMI
+
 
-

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX
12 Ultimate (12_2)
 
12 Ultimate (12_2)
Shader Model
6.5
 
6.6
OpenGL
4.6
 
4.6
OpenCL
2.1
 
3.0
Vulkan
1.2
 
1.2
CUDA
-
 
8.6

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. 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.

RX 6900 XT 99.05 +5.6%
RTX A5000 93.78

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.

RX 6900 XT 26225 +5.7%
RTX A5000 24822

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Both graphics cards satisfy the 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:

 
RX 6900 XT
RTX A5000
1080p
 
196
no data
1440p
 
137
no data
4K
 
85
no data

Competitors of Radeon RX 6900 XT from NVIDIA

The nearest Radeon RX 6900 XT's NVIDIA equivalent is GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, which is faster by 1% and higher by 1 position in our rating.

Here are some closest NVIDIA rivals to Radeon RX 6900 XT:

Competitors of RTX A5000 from AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to RTX A5000 from AMD is Radeon RX 6800 XT, which is slower by 5% and lower by 2 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to RTX A5000:

Advantages of AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT

5.6% better performance in benchmarks

Cheaper ($2376 vs $4132)

Finer manufacturing process technology (7 vs 8 nm)

Advantages of NVIDIA RTX A5000

Somewhat newer (12 April 2021 vs 8 December 2020)

Wider memory bus (384 vs 256 bit)

More pipelines (8192 vs 5120)

Higher memory bandwidth (768 vs 512 GB/s)

Lower power consumption (230W vs 300W), meaning that the rival with higher TDP might require a better cooler or other thermal solution.

So, which one is the better GPU?

Technical City couldn't decide between AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT and NVIDIA RTX A5000. The differences in performance seem too small.

Should you still have questions concerning choice between the reviewed GPUs, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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