The Sapphire Radeon RX 6900 XT TOXIC lives up to its name with colossal price rises over MSRP at launch
The Radeon RX 6900 XT TOXIC may be a limited edition graphics card, but the coverage that Sapphire has given it may have you thinking otherwise. The RX 6900 XT TOXIC certainly sports impressive specifications, with an 18.2% higher GPU boost clock than the reference RX 6900 XT at 2.66 GHz. Additionally, Sapphire has complemented the GPU overclock with a 5.0% VRAM clock increase to 16.8 Gbps. The RX 6900 XT has 5,120 cores, 80 CUs, 320 TMUs and 128 ROPs to play with, too.
Sapphire states that the RX 6900 XT TOXIC should retail for £1,299 in the UK and US$1,499 in the US. while those MSRPs are way above AMD's US$999, Sapphire has overclocked the card and includes a 360 mm AIO. Accordingly, the company considers that the TOXIC is currently the most-powerful RX 6900 XT on the market.
However, retailers in the UK and US are already selling the TOXIC at vastly inflated prices. Newegg, for example, has listed the TOXIC for US$1,639.99, a 9% uplift on the card's MSRP. By contrast, Overclockers sells the same card for over 30% more than its £1,299 list price. Ultimately, the RX 6900 XT TOXIC remains cheaper than practically every RTX 3090, but we cannot condone retailers raising their prices by over 30% on what is already an expensive graphics card.