The PC gaming industry has had a lot of ups and downs over the last few years. The pandemic led to huge demands and supply shortages for the industry and GPUs, in particular, were affected the most.

Last year, GPUs were often sold for double their MSRP. However, GPU prices have been rapidly improving over the last few months. Graphics Cards like the RX 6600 are readily available at MSRP and this is a great sign for people looking to jump into the world of PC gaming.

The next generation of Graphics Cards from both AMD (RDNA 3) and NVIDIA (Ada Lovelace) camps are also nearly upon us. Industry leakers have predicted massive jumps in performance from both AMD and Nvidia. While the next-generation cards are a few months out,

AMD has released something to please fans as they wait. The RDNA 2 GPU line-up has now been refreshed with updated models of existing GPUs.  The new Graphics Cards include the Radeon RX 6650 XT, Radeon RX 6750 XT, and Radeon RX 6950 XT. All three cards come with slight improvements with a brand new set of drivers from AMD.

Interestingly, it seems like AMD has now removed the older RDNA 2 cards from their store.

AMD RDNA 2 Refresh
The image shows AMD’s official store
Source: AMD

As the image shows, only the RX 6×50 cards are available for purchase on the website. The newer cards have also received a price bump with the minor increase in specifications.

This has led to criticism from the industry. Many have seen this as a move to maximize profits from the company as a last ditch effort before the release of the newer generation products.

Furthermore, the Radeon RX 6750 XT, in particular has seen a price bump of 15% from the RX 6700’s MSRP. Despite the price increase, the refreshed card offers less than 10% of an fps improvement over the original RX 6700.

Moreover, it seems like AMD has also scrapped the RX 6800 in favor of the RX 6750 XT. The RX 6800 is the only AMD GPU that wasn’t a part of the new refreshed line-up. The Radeon RX 6800 is no longer available on the store, as show by the image above. According to Techpowerup, the Radeon RX 6800 is about 26% faster than the RX 6750 XT.

While these numbers are estimates, the RX 6800 has several other advantages over AMD’s new refresh. The Radeon RX 6800 features a 256 bit memory bus compared to the RX 6750 XT’s 192 bit bus.

The older GPU also has 16GB of GDDR6 memory, which is 4GB more than the new GPU. Furthermore, the RX 6800 also has a much higher core count, making it the better value option between the two at similar MSRPs.

It seems like an odd choice on AMD’s end to replace the RX 6800 with the RX 6750XT. While both GPUs are priced similarly, the former is a significantly better deal for the consumer.

The RX 6×50 line-up in general seems to provide worse value over the existing cards. The improvements are sparse, but the price hikes do not reflect the level of performance gains. Nonetheless, RDNA 2’s time is nearly up and AMD is preparing for RDNA 3.

While the refreshed cards seem disappointing, the future seems promising for AMD’s upcoming GPUs.

 AMD Radeon RX 6X50 Specifications are shown below:

Radeon RX 6650 XT Radeon RX 6750 XT Radeon RX 6950 XT
chip base Navi 23 KXT Navi 22 KXT Navi 21 KXTX
hardware 32 CU @ 128 bit GDDR6, 32 MB IF$ 40 CU @ 192-bit GDDR6, 96 MB IF$ 80 CU @ 256 bit GDDR6, 128 MB IF$
technical changes +2% chip clock, +9% memory clock, +13% TDP +1-3% chip clock, +13% memory clock, +9% TDP +3-4% chip clock, +13% memory clock, +6% IF$ clock, +12% TDP
AMD’s Perf Prediction +2.1% @ FullHD/1080p +7.2% @ WQHD/1440p +3.9% @ 4K/2160p
list price $399  (+5%) $549  (+15%) $1099  (+10%)
Compare each to the 6x00XT predecessors: Radeon RX 6600 XT, 6700 XT & 6900 XT

 

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