AMD is ready to update the RX 6000 graphics cardsso the rumor has been claiming for some time now, and the latest speculation has again brought up the idea that the main GPU will be revamped as the RX 6950 XT, but there won’t be an RX 6850 XT.
This is according to well-known YouTube leaker Moore’s Law is Dead (MLID), but the difference with this rumor is that unlike Coreteks, another leaker who recently claimed there would be only whether an RX 6950 XT is Team Red’s new GPU, MLID believes there will be other models as well; just not a 6850 XT.
I can now confirm that #AMD is NOT planning to release an “RX 6850 XT”. Also: 1) 6950 XT is on the right track! 2) 6750 XT and 6650 XT are currently planned for Q2. I spoke briefly about this at Broken Silicon tomorrow, and actually hinted at most of it last week: https://t.co/GPPkxcov8tFebruary 15, 2022
So the theory tweeted is that there will be a 6950 XT, and this can be done with a 6750 XT and 6650 XT.
MLID further notes that the 6950 XT is ‘on track’ for AMD’s apparent intended release schedule, which we hear it might be aprilso in just a few months, and minor updates are currently planned for sometime in Q2, with the currently capitalized suggesting this is uncertain and could perhaps slide.
In fact, in the previous video (from last week) where he outlines AMD’s possible reasoning for skipping a 6850 XT – basically that it doesn’t make sense in terms of good use of Big Navi chips, and that a 6750 XT could be tweaked to get closer to the 6800 performance support anyway – MLID doesn’t seem sure exactly which models will be updated (and suggests that AMD hasn’t decided yet).
In short, their speculation is that there will be a major revamp, plus one or two more models down the road, which may appear later, but still in the first half of 2022.
Analysis: Does a major update to RDNA 2 really make sense?
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: we’re not sure what the point of a major RX 6000 upgrade would be (like the three new models mentioned), as the RDNA 3 graphics cards are confirmed as in progress by AMD, arriving at the end of 2022, possibly the beginning of the fourth quarter, going through the rumor mill. If this was October, and the revamped RDNA 2 cards came out in June, say (or some did), it wouldn’t be much more than a few months between those releases.
This seems pretty close for comfort actually, although we suppose you could argue that AMD might want more production volume overall, keeping the new RDNA 2 models alongside the RDNA 3 (since they’re made in different processes – RDNA 3 drops to 5 nm, of course, or possibly 5nm and 6nm).
We’ll see, but all that AMD would really need in theory, at least, to keep pace with Nvidia’s RTX 3090 Ti – we still don’t know exactly when this will appearmind – it’s a new 6950 XT, of course.
So again, another argument here could be that Team Red is looking at Intel and thinking about the Arc Alchemist throw. Alchemist GPUs are rumored to have been delayed to Q2, which is the supposed release date of the 6750 XT, and measuring the (approximate) potential power level of this AMD card, it would likely launch in the RTX 3070 or Ti version – right where Arc’s flagship is supposed to be. So a 6750 XT GPU might make some sense as a move away from Intel in the pass, perhaps.
This is all pretty much up in the air at this point, and we’ll have to see how the future of the GPU plays out in the first half of 2022. The good news is that the more we hear of the vinethe more convinced we are that Intel’s entry into the market is about to change things drastically – and that must be a good thing, given the dire state of the graphics card arena right now.