AMD’s RX 6950 XT, the rumored refresh of its flagship GPU, could have a hefty price tag if a new leak nears the right stage.
There are a few caveats here, as you’d expect – and more than normal around a price leak, we’ll get to that – but on the face of it, the RX 6950 XT has seen pre-release product listings. version at a few Australian retailers, Megabuy and ITnest (as PC Gamer spotted).
The damage the 6950 XT is said to do to your wallet is AU$3,240 (about $2,400, £1,800) at Megabuy – ouch indeed.
Now note that the product listing actually says the graphics card is a “Gigabyte Radeon RX 6900 XT Gaming OC”, which is the existing flagship, but the product code clearly says “GV-R695XTGAMING-OC-16GD”, referring to a 6950 Model XT.
It’s likely that someone made a mistake typing the full name – or used a pattern and didn’t change that bit – although that could of course indicate that the entire listing is in error. We can’t rule that out anyway.
However, note that there is an existing listing for the Gigabyte 6900 XT Gaming OC, product code ‘GV-R69XTGAMING OC-16GD’ – so R69, not R695 – and its price is much lower at AU$1,949 (about $1 $450, £1,100).
Also, as VideoCardz picked it up, Gigabyte recently registered the GV-R695XTGAMING OC-16GD product code with the EEC (Eurasian Economic Commission), which is another check in the box for its likely authenticity – although nothing of all this does represent something like a casting – iron guarantee, of course.
Analysis: Performance expectations will be high if there’s anything to this leak
If true, that price would represent a massive jump over the cost of the 6900 XT – a 66% hike on the current flagship based on prices seen above at Megabuy. Now, obviously, we have to be careful with any leaks like this, because the price listed could just be a placeholder – in other words, a guess.
However, if true or close to the mark, you can be sure that the performance increase provided by the 6950 XT over the current flagship will obviously be much more modest than the level of upside seen with the prices.
Although if AMD sets the price at around that kind of level, we should expect a healthy dose of extra framerates from this GPU refresh (remember that very fast acceleration speeds are expected from the 6950 XT passing through the vineyard).
It’s also worth bearing in mind that the Megabuy price of Gigabyte’s RTX 3090 Ti cards is only a few percent higher than that purported 6950 XT price, so we’d certainly expect it to be in competition with Nvidia’s new flagship. Yes this price is correct, of course…
We’ll see, and interestingly, the order delivery date is set to be over 4 weeks away, which roughly coincides with the last rumored launch date of mid-May for the RX 6950 XT (and the other two updates that are supposed to be due, namely the 6750 XT and 6650 XT).
The evidence is really piling up regarding this trio of RDNA 2 refreshes, and we’ve even been treated to photos of them – the graphics cards being sleek black editions.
It’s looking increasingly likely that this will be AMD’s next step with its GPU launch schedule, before launching an all-new RDNA 3 lineup later in 2022 (and if the 6950 XT’s price is high, it will be surely even more tempting to be patient and wait for the next-gen flagship for those who want a powerful card).