Radeon RX 6950 XT: specs and benchmarks

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Aggregate performance score

Radeon RX 6950 XT provides good gaming and benchmark performance at 73.25% of a leader's which is GeForce RTX 4090.

Summary

AMD started Radeon RX 6950 XT sales 10 May 2022 at a recommended price of $1,099 . This is a 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 18 GHz are supplied, and together with 256 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 576.0 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 335 Watt.

Primary details

Some basic facts about Radeon RX 6950 XT: architecture, market segment, release date etc.

Place in performance ranking13
Place by popularitynot in top-100
Cost-effectiveness evaluation22.66
ArchitectureNavi / RDNA2 (2020−2022)
GPU code nameNavi
Market segmentDesktop
Release date10 May 2022 (2 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$1,099
Current price$961 (0.9x MSRP)of 168889 (A100 PCIe 80 GB)

Cost-effectiveness evaluation

Performance to price ratio. The higher, the better.

Detailed specifications

Radeon RX 6950 XT's specs such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon RX 6950 XT's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores5120of 20480 (Data Center GPU Max NEXT)
Core clock speed1925 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Boost clock speed2324 MHzof 3599 (Radeon RX 7990 XTX)
Number of transistors26,800 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology7 nmof 4 (H100 PCIe)
Power consumption (TDP)335 Wattof 2400 (Data Center GPU Max Subsystem)
Texture fill rate743.7of 969.9 (H100 SXM5 96 GB)

Form factor & compatibility

This section provides details about the physical dimensions of Radeon RX 6950 XT and its compatibility with other computer components. This information is useful when selecting a computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop graphics cards, it includes details about the interface and bus (for motherboard compatibility) and additional power connectors (for power supply compatibility).

InterfacePCIe 4.0 x16
Length267 mm
Width3-slot
Supplementary power connectors2x 8-pin

VRAM capacity and type

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon RX 6950 XT: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM instead.

Memory typeGDDR6
Maximum RAM amount16 GBof 192 (Radeon Instinct MI300X)
Memory bus width256 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed18000 MHzof 23000 (GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER)
Memory bandwidth576.0 GB/sof 3276 (Aldebaran)
Shared memory-

Connectivity and outputs

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon RX 6950 XT. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference graphics cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model, while non-reference desktop models can (though not necessarily will) bear a different set of video ports.

Display Connectors1x HDMI 2.1, 2x DisplayPort 1.4a
HDMI+

API compatibility

APIs supported by Radeon RX 6950 XT, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX12 Ultimate (12_2)
Shader Model6.5
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL2.1
Vulkan1.3

Benchmark performance

Synthetic benchmark performance of Radeon RX 6950 XT. The combined score is measured on a 0-100 point scale.


Combined synthetic benchmark score

This is our combined benchmark performance score. 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 6950 XT 73.25

Passmark

This is the most ubiquitous GPU benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various types of 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.

Benchmark coverage: 25%

RX 6950 XT 28292

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.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

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3DMark Vantage Performance

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

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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 made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

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3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

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3DMark Ice Storm GPU

Ice Storm Graphics is an obsolete benchmark, part of 3DMark suite. Ice Storm was used to measure entry level laptops and Windows-based tablets performance. It utilizes DirectX 11 feature level 9 to display a battle between two space fleets near a frozen planet in 1280x720 resolution. Discontinued in January 2020, it is now superseded by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 8%

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Gaming performance

Let's see how good Radeon RX 6950 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.

Average FPS across all PC games

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

Full HD214
1440p135
4K86

FPS performance in popular games

Full HD
Low Preset

Cyberpunk 2077 161

Full HD
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 110−120
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 120−130
Battlefield 5 230−240
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 120−130
Cyberpunk 2077 143
Far Cry 5 110−120
Far Cry New Dawn 180−190
Forza Horizon 4 220−230
Hitman 3 120−130
Horizon Zero Dawn 450
Metro Exodus 140−150
Red Dead Redemption 2 120−130
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 500
Watch Dogs: Legion 130

Full HD
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 110−120
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 120−130
Battlefield 5 230−240
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 120−130
Cyberpunk 2077 128
Far Cry 5 110−120
Far Cry New Dawn 180−190
Forza Horizon 4 220−230
Hitman 3 120−130
Horizon Zero Dawn 300−350
Metro Exodus 74
Red Dead Redemption 2 120−130
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 442
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 376
Watch Dogs: Legion 130−140

Full HD
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 110−120
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 120−130
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 120−130
Cyberpunk 2077 122
Far Cry 5 110−120
Forza Horizon 4 220−230
Horizon Zero Dawn 318
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 396
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 216
Watch Dogs: Legion 107

Full HD
Epic Preset

Red Dead Redemption 2 120−130

1440p
High Preset

Battlefield 5 160−170
Far Cry New Dawn 140−150

1440p
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 85−90
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 90−95
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 100−110
Cyberpunk 2077 93
Far Cry 5 163
Forza Horizon 4 180−190
Hitman 3 100−110
Horizon Zero Dawn 255
Metro Exodus 132
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 294
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 130−140
Watch Dogs: Legion 103

1440p
Epic Preset

Red Dead Redemption 2 110−120

4K
High Preset

Battlefield 5 85−90
Far Cry New Dawn 65−70
Hitman 3 65−70
Horizon Zero Dawn 110−120
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 99
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 144

4K
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 60−65
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 55−60
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 50−55
Cyberpunk 2077 46
Far Cry 5 50−55
Forza Horizon 4 130−140
Horizon Zero Dawn 154
Metro Exodus 118
Watch Dogs: Legion 65

4K
Epic Preset

Red Dead Redemption 2 80−85

Closest competitors

Radeon RX 6950 XT's performance relative to its closest rivals among desktop graphics cards.


NVIDIA equivalent

According to our data, the closest NVIDIA alternative to Radeon RX 6950 XT is GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, which is slower by 4% and lower by 3 positions in our ranking.

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Similar GPUs

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Recommended processors

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