AMD’s official benchmarks show the Radeon RX 6950 XT being 11% faster than the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 on average. That’s right, Team Red claims a rather impressive double-digit performance advantage over the deputy Ampere flagship. As expected, these tests primarily include Radeon sponsor titles like Assassins’ Creed Valhalla, Deathloop, and Borderlands 3 which heavily favor AMD hardware and lack ray-tracing/DLSS support (via: WCCFTech).
However, it’s important to note that the Red Team is planning on selling an RTX 3090 ($1,650 on Newegg) rival for roughly a grand, the same as the RTX 3080’s current street price. This makes it an extremely attractive buy for most FPS gamers as ray-tracing isn’t really a concern for them. AMD is reportedly planning to price the 6950 XT at $1,099, $100 more than the RX 6900 XT. 2% more performance for an additional $100. Doesn’t sound very enticing when you put it that way.
Speaking of ray-tracing, the RX 6950 XT is only comparable to the RTX 3090 in a few cherry-picked titles. In the rest, it performs between the RTX 3070 Ti and the RTX 3080. NVIDIA also has the DLSS advantage, something AMD is yet to fully tackle. FSR 2.0, while an excellent solution, is still a few months away from release.
The other interesting SKU is the Radeon RX 6650 XT. Although it’s just 2% faster than the 6600 XT, it manages to lead the RTX 3060 by 23% on average. Once again, these are cherry-picked games so the actual performance will be a bit lower. This one is supposed to be priced at $399, pretty much the same as the RTX 3060’s market price.
The RX 6750 XT is the odd one of the bunch. It’s 7% faster than the 6700 XT (by far the largest uplift compared to its siblings) but just 2% faster than the RTX 3070. It is expected to have a market price of $549 which is the same as the RTX 3070’s starting price on Newegg and Amazon. Overall, the RDNA 2 refresh is looking more like a cash grab during a time of shortages and high demand.