Radeon RX 6000 series

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AMD Radeon RX 6000 series
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Release dateRadeon RX 6600 and 6600 XT August 11, 2021; 2 months ago (2021-08-11)
Radeon RX 6700 XT March 18, 2021; 7 months ago (2021-03-18)
Radeon RX 6800 and Radeon RX 6800 XT November 18, 2020; 11 months ago (2020-11-18)
Radeon RX 6900 XT December 8, 2020; 10 months ago (2020-12-08)
Radeon RX 6600M, 6700M, and 6800M June 1, 2021; 4 months ago (2021-06-01)
CodenameNavi 2X (nicknamed "Big Navi")
ArchitectureRDNA 2
Transistors
  • 11.06B (Navi 23)[1]
  • 17.2B (Navi 22)
  • 26.8B (Navi 21)
Fabrication processTSMC 7 nm
Cards
Mid-rangeRadeon RX 6600M
Radeon RX 6600
Radeon RX 6600 XT
High-endRadeon RX 6700M
Radeon RX 6700 XT
Radeon RX 6800M
Radeon RX 6800
Radeon RX 6800 XT
EnthusiastRadeon RX 6900 XT
History
PredecessorRadeon RX 5000 series

The Radeon RX 6000 series is a series of graphics processing units developed by AMD, based on their RDNA 2 architecture.[2] It was announced on October 28, 2020[3] and is the successor to the Radeon RX 5000 series. The lineup consists of the RX 6600, RX 6600 XT, RX 6700 XT, RX 6800, RX 6800 XT and RX 6900 XT for desktop computers, and the RX 6600M, RX 6700M, and RX 6800M for laptops.[4][5]

The lineup is designed to compete with Nvidia's GeForce 30 series of cards. These GPUs are also the first generation of AMD GPUs that support hardware accelerated real-time ray tracing.[6]

History[edit]

On September 14, 2020, AMD first teased the physical design of its RX 6000 series through a tweet shared on social messaging service Twitter. At the same time, the company launched a virtual island inside the video game Fortnite that contained a large-scale rendition of the RX 6000 hardware design, which players could freely explore using the game's "Creative" mode.[7]

AMD officially unveiled the first three cards of the lineup, the RX 6800, RX 6800 XT, and RX 6900 XT, in an event titled "Where Gaming Begins: Ep. 2" on October 28.[8] In the event, AMD announced the RX 6800 XT as its flagship graphics processor, comparing its performance to that of Nvidia's RTX 3080 graphics card in 1440p and 4K resolution gaming. The 6800 XT was announced with a price tag of $649 USD, which is $50 lower than the RTX 3080's starting price of $699.[8] AMD then introduced the RX 6800 as a competitor to Nvidia's previous-generation RTX 2080 Ti, but with a significantly lower price tag of $579, compared to $999 for the 2080 Ti.[8] Lastly, AMD introduced the RX 6900 XT as its top card of the lineup, claiming it produces similar performance to Nvidia's RTX 3090 but with lower power consumption, and announced a launch price of $999, $500 cheaper than the RTX 3090.[8]

The Radeon RX 6800 and 6800 XT were released on November 18, 2020, and the RX 6900 XT was released on December 8, 2020.[9][10]

On February 3, 2021, Gigabyte registered a range of RX 6700 XT graphics cards with the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), with the filing indicating that all seven registered models will ship with 12 GB of memory.[11] On March 3, 2021, AMD officially announced the RX 6700 XT graphics card, set to compete with Nvidia's RTX 3060 Ti and 3070 cards.[12] The card launched on March 18, 2021.[4]

On May 31, 2021, AMD announced the RX 6000M series of GPUs designed for laptops.[13][14] These include the RX 6600M, RX 6700M, and RX 6800M. These were made available beginning on June 1.[13]

On June 23, Gigabyte registered six RX 6600 XT graphics cards with the EEC, indicating that they would all have 8 GB of memory.[15][16][17] This was just over a month after ASRock had made similar filings for both the RX 6600 and 6600 XT, which listed 8 GB of memory for both models.[18][19][20] On July 5, VideoCardz discovered that Taiwanese graphics card retailer PowerColor had already created product pages for the unannounced Radeon 6600 and 6600 XT GPUs.[21][22]

On July 30, AMD announced the RX 6600 and 6600 XT GPUs, which were later released on August 11, 2021. The RX 6600 XT is available for $379 USD MSRP.[23]

Availability issues[edit]

Much like Nvidia's competing GeForce 30 series, releases sold out almost immediately, due to a combination of low stock and scalping bots.[24]

RX 6800 and 6800 XT[edit]

The RX 6800 and 6800 XT were launched on November 18, 2020, but due to low stock availability, they sold out at most retailers on the same day.[9][25][26] American retailer Micro Center restricted all sales to in-store only, claiming that stock "will be extremely limited at launch".[27] PCMag reported that stock for both cards on Newegg had sold out as early as 6:05 a.m. PST, and that stock was unavailable on AMD's own store website by 6:11 a.m.[25] Retailer B&H Photo Video outright refused to accept orders for the graphics cards, stating in part, "we do not know and are therefore unable to provide a date or time for when these items will become available to purchase."[25]

Scalpers were reportedly re-selling the GPUs on eBay for around US$1000 - $1500, roughly double the initial launch price.[9] Some frustrated social media users attempted to derail the listings by using bots to make fake bids on the scalped GPUs at absurd prices; in one instance, an auction for an RX 6800 XT saw bids go as high as $70,000.[28]

RX 6900 XT[edit]

The RX 6900 XT was launched on December 8, 2020, and similarly to the RX 6800 and 6800 XT, it sold out on the same day it was released.[29][10] According to PCMag, it was listed as out of stock on Newegg by 6:02 a.m. PST, just two minutes after it went on sale. AMD's store website, struggling to keep up with the high number of visitors, kept displaying 503 Service Temporarily Unavailable errors to customers attempting to buy the graphics card; by 6:35 a.m., it was sold out.[10]

Products[edit]

Desktop[edit]

Model
(codename)
Release Date
& Price
Architecture
Fab
Transistors
& Die Size
Core Fillrate[a][b][c] Processing power[a][d]
(GFLOPS)
Memory TBP Bus
interface
Config[e] Clock[a] (MHz) Texture
(GT/s)
Pixel
(GP/s)
Half Single Double Size
(GB)
Bandwidth
(GB/s)
Bus type
& width
Clock
(MT/s)
Infinity Cache Size
(MB)
Infinity Cache Bandwidth
(GB/s)
Radeon RX 6600
(Navi 23)[30]
October 13, 2021

$329 USD

RDNA 2
TSMC N7
11.06×109
237 mm2
1792:112:64

28 CU

1626

2491

228.9

279

104.1

159.4

14,654

17,860

7,325

8,928

457.8

558.0

8 224 GDDR6
128-bit
14000 32 832 132 W PCIe 4.0

x8[31]

Radeon RX 6600 XT
(Navi 23)[32][31][33][34]
August 11, 2021
$379 USD
2048:128:64
32 CU
1968
2589
251.9
331.4
126.0
165.7
16,122
21,209
8,061
10,605
503.8
662.8
256 16000 160 W
Radeon RX 6700 XT
(Navi 22)[35][36][37]
March 18, 2021
$479 USD
17.2×109
335 mm2
2560:160:64
40 CU
2321
2581
371.4
413
148.5
165.2
23,767
26,429
11,884
13,215
742.7
825.9
12 384 GDDR6
192-bit
96 1248 230 W PCIe 4.0

x16

Radeon RX 6800
(Navi 21) [38][39][40][41]
November 18, 2020
$579 USD
26.8×109
519.8 mm2
3840:240:96
60 CU
1700
2105
408
505.2
163.2
202.1
26,112
32,333
13,056
16,166
816
1,010.4
16 512 GDDR6
256-bit
128 1664 250 W
Radeon RX 6800 XT
(Navi 21) [38][39][42][41]
November 18, 2020
$649 USD
4608:288:128
72 CU
1825
2250
525.6
648
233.6
288
33,638
41,472
16,819
20,736
1,051.2
1,296
300 W
Radeon RX 6900 XT
(Navi 21) [38][39][43][41]
December 8, 2020
$999 USD
5120:320:128
80 CU
1825
2250
584
720
233.6
288
37,376
46,080
18,688
23,040
1,168
1,440
  1. ^ a b c Boost values (if available) are stated below the base value in italic.
  2. ^ Texture fillrate is calculated as the number of Texture Mapping Units multiplied by the base (or boost) core clock speed.
  3. ^ Pixel fillrate is calculated as the number of Render Output Units multiplied by the base (or boost) core clock speed.
  4. ^ Precision performance is calculated from the base (or boost) core clock speed based on a FMA operation.
  5. ^ Unified Shaders : Texture Mapping Units : Render Output Units and Compute Units (CU)


Mobile[edit]

Model Release
Date
GPU Memory Performance TBP
Type Config Clock Size Clock Bus type
& width
Processing power
(TFLOPS)
Fillrate Bandwidth
(GB/s)
ROPs CUs ALUs Texture Base Boost 32 bit 64 bit Pixel
(GP/s)
Texel
(GT/s)
Radeon RX 6600M[44] June 1, 2021 Navi 23 64 28 1792 128 n.n. 2177 MHz 8 GB 7000 MHz 128-bit
GDDR6
7.80 n.n. 147.2 278.7 224 100 W
Radeon RX 6700M[45] Navi 22 64 36 2304 144 n.n. 2300 MHz 10 GB 8000 MHz 160-bit
GDDR6
10.60 n.n. 147.2 331.2 320 135 W
Radeon RX 6800M[46] 64 40 2560 160 2300 MHz n.n. 12 GB 8000 MHz 192-bit
GDDR6
11.78 n.n. 147.2 368.0 384 145+ W

See also[edit]

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