AMD’s RX 6950 XT, the rumored refresh of its flagship GPU, could come with a seriously weighty price tag if a new leak is anywhere near the right ballpark.
As you might expect, there are some caveats here – and more than usual with a price leak, we’ll get to that – but at first glance the RX 6950 XT has been seen at a couple of pre-release product listings at Australian retailers, Megabuy and ITnest (as PC gamer spotted).
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The damage the 6950 XT is said to do to your wallet is a whopping AU$3,240 (approx. $2,400, £1,800). mega purchase – ouch.
Now note that the product listing actually says the graphics card is a “Gigabyte Radeon RX 6900 XT Gaming OC,” the existing flagship, but the product code clearly says “GV-R695XTGAMING-OC-16GD,” which refers to a 6950 XT model.
It’s likely that someone made a mistake entering the full name – or used a template and didn’t change that part – although of course that could indicate that the entire listing is a mistake. In any case, we cannot rule that out.
Note, however, that there is an existing listing for the Gigabyte 6900 XT Gaming OC with product code “GV-R69XTGAMING OC-16GD” – so R69, not R695 – and it does so at AU$1,949 (approx. $1,450, £1,100) is much cheaper. .
Also as VideoCardz Picked up, Gigabyte recently registered the GV-R695XTGAMING OC-16GD product code with the EEC (Eurasian Economic Commission), which is another tick for its likely authenticity – although none of this constitutes anything like a cast-iron guarantee, of course.
Analysis: Performance expectations will be high if there is any truth to this leak
If true, that price tag would represent a massive jump compared to the cost of the 6900 XT – a 66% increase over the current flagship, based on the prices observed at Megabuy above. Now of course we have to be careful with a leak like this as the price quoted could just be a placeholder – in other words, an estimate.
However, if it’s true or close to the mark, rest assured that the performance increase the 6950 XT delivers over the current flagship will obviously be far more modest than the price increase.
If AMD does price around that level, however, we should expect a decent boost in frame rates from this GPU refresh (remember some really fast boost speeds are expected from the 6950 XT going through the vine).
It’s also worth considering that the Megabuy price for Gigabyte’s RTX 3090 Ti cards is only a few percent above that rumored 6950 XT price tag, so the expectation would certainly be that it would compete with Nvidia’s new flagship. If This pricing is of course correct…
We’ll see, and interestingly, the order’s delivery date is set at more than 4 weeks, roughly coinciding with the last rumored mid-May launch date for the RX 6950 XT (and the other two rumored due updates, namely the 6750 XT and 6650 XT). ).
The evidence of this trio of RDNA 2 updates is really piling up, and we’ve even been treated to images of them – with the graphics cards being snazzy-looking black editions.
It seems increasingly likely that this will be the next step AMD is taking with its GPU launch plan before an all new RDNA 3 lineup is unveiled later in 2022 (and if the 6950 XT price is high, it certainly will even more tempting to be patient and wait for the next-gen flagship for those who want a powerhouse card).
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