New rumors suggest that an updated lineup of AMD RX 6000 series graphics cards will now arrive on May 10, 2022. The improved GPU generation, led by the RX 6950 XT, is said to come with a black version of the flagship AMD cooler. and faster GDDR6 memory, up to 18 Gbps. What else could be improved on the boards is still unclear, but it could be that this next-gen update is more of a final send-off before RDNA 3 than a full-blown rejuvenation project.
There are three updated RDNA 2 graphics cards on their way to AMD next month, says Disclosuzen, a source Video card reports it was very accurate in the past.
These are the Radeon RX 6950 XT, RX 6750 XT and RX 6650 XT.
Rumor has it they may have arrived later this month, but they appear to have been delayed for unknown reasons. It’s hard to say if the release date has been set for April when we don’t have official word from AMD, however.
If these cards appear early next month, the RX 6950 XT would take the crown as AMD’s most powerful gaming graphics card to date. Although what exactly is going to make it so much better than the RX 6900XT is yet to be determined in its entirety. It seems likely that the 18Gbps GDDR6 memory will be the main draw for gamers, which will improve on the 16Gbps chips found in existing RDNA 2 GPUs.
Also, it is said that higher boost clocks may be on the table, in line with some increase in power demands.
Notably the RX 6800XT doesn’t seem to be getting an updated variant, although other cards in the stack are improved.
We’ll have to wait and see what AMD has in store, though the faster GDDR6X memory has proven to be quite effective in helping the RTX 3090 Ti improve the RTX 3090 in games. The latest model has 21 Gbps memory for the RTX 3090’s 19.5 Gbps. It’s true that the RTX 3090 Ti also has a small increase in cores, but there’s not much in between.
A memory boost alone could be enough to wobble a few more fps in-game, though I doubt AMD is expecting RX 6900 XT owners to switch to the newer model because of this. With RDNA 3 reportedly coming this yearI’d say more serious PC builders will be waiting to see what AMD has in store for their next big step in GPU architecture.
AMD is also preparing an entry-level graphics card in the RX 6400. This is said to arrive on the same day as the three upgraded GPUs mentioned above and was also quoted by the leaker. Komachi Ensaka on Twitter.
We were not particularly impressed with the RX 6500XT, however, which means an RX 6400 will have to be fantastically cheap to get our attention. It may at least offer a more modern option for builders on a tight budget, although the RX 6500 XT really doesn’t look quite as modern in many ways.