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AMD pitches the Radeon RX 6900 XT as an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 beater for US$999

The RX 6900 XT is expected to arrive on December 8 in limited quantities. (Image source: AMD)
The RX 6900 XT is expected to arrive on December 8 in limited quantities. (Image source: AMD)
The RX 6900 XT is here, and AMD claims that it takes on the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 for just US$999. AMD's most-powered RDNA 2 GPU will debut in December, albeit only as a reference card initially.

AMD has unveiled its RDNA2 product stack, and it is not pulling its punches. While the RX 6800 and RX 6800 XT are tantalising prospects in their own right, the RX 6900 XT is the star of the show. Unsurprisingly, the premier RX 6000-series card has been pitched against the best consumer card that NVIDIA currently offers, the GeForce RTX 3090. There may be some careful use of the figures when it compares to initial official performance comparisons, but the RX 6900 XT shapes up well on paper, at any rate.

As expected, the RX 6900 XT has 80 Compute Units (CUs), 16 GB of GDDR6 VRAM and 300 W of power at its disposal. Unsurprisingly, the card requires dual 8-pin power connectors, and AMD still recommends pairing it with an 850 W PSU. Additionally, the RX 6900 XT has 80 Ray Accelerators, 320 TMUs and 128 ROPs, along with 5,120 Stream Processors, a memory interface of 256-bit and a memory bandwidth of up to 512 GB/s. The RX 6900 XT has 2,015 MHz game and 2,250 MHz boost clocks too with a 128 MB Infinity Cache in support.

According to AMD, the RX 6900 XT will be capable of delivering RTX 3090-level performance for US$999. However, the slide below suggests that may only be the case with Rage Mode enabled, a new automatic overclocking feature that AMD will introduce with its RDNA2 architecture. It appears that AMD has chosen to compare the RX 6900 XT against the RTX 3090 with DLSS disabled, but we would recommend holding back on judgment until reviews start landing.

The RX 6900 XT will arrive on December 8 in the US. There will be no AMD board partner cards at launch though, unlike the RX 6800 and RX 6800 XT.

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(Image source: AMD)
(Image source: AMD)

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Alex Alderson, 2020-10-28 (Update: 2020-10-29)
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.