AMD’s RX 6900 XT is found in its first leaked game benchmark (before its launch). Although this Ashes of the Singularity event might seem troubling on its face, almost like the existing 6800 XT – it is nothing to get perplexed about.
AMD’s RX 6900 XT Benchmark Casts Suspicion on the Flagship GPU: But There Is Nothing To Worry About
Before we get into the causes why this precise result is a very wonky representation of how Big Navi GPUs’ power might pile up, let’s first see the number achieved, as discovered by Tum_Apisak Twitter.
At 1080p (Full HD) resolution with ‘mad’ graphics details, when matched with an Intel Core i7-8700K processor, the 6900 XT achieved a score of 10,100 and a normal frame rate- 102.1 FPS.
The thing is that AMD’s 6800 XT did a pretty much identical result in Ashes of the Singularity, which could guide you to the end that the 6900 XT flagship isn’t working to be deserving the extra cash.
However, the difficulty is that at 1080p, the Ashes of the Singularity benchmark is really CPU-bound. The 8700K processor’s speed is bottlenecking the GPU’s potential, so both the 6800 and 6900 XT cards appear to give similar output.
AMD’s RX 6900 XT vs 6800 XT
Of course, that won’t be the problem when we see a full array of benchmarks, although the 6900 XT is built very much like the 6800 XT, so people might bother when they see a benchmark that indicates a little distinction between them.
The 6900 XT works with the same clock speed, memory arrangement, and power consumption as the 6800 XT – the only significant exception is that it holds 80 CUs (Compute Units) contrasted to the 72 CUs of 6800 XT.
The flagship AMD graphics card will sell at 999 dollars (around £750, AU$1,350), compared to $649 (around £490, AU$880) for the 6800 XT, so there’s a big difference there.
Although it should also be noted that one other potential strength for the 6900 XT is during overclocking, where the flagship GPU could offer more headroom and potential for tweaking to higher clocks and, therefore, better performance still.
As ever, time will tell, and as the RX 6900 XT launches tomorrow, on December 8, we won’t have long to find out for sure. We might also see 3rd part variants, even though AMD hasn’t officially announced that it has given the go-ahead for these custom cards, which could push performance further with impressive factory overclocks (but they’ll have heftier price tags, too).