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AMD's Radeon RX 6900 XT Liquid Cooled Available for DIY PCs

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When AMD introduced its Radeon RX 6900 XT Liquid Cooled graphics card earlier this year, it said the product was only meant for system integrators and therefore would not be available for home system builders. Nonetheless, a few of the cards are now available from MindFactory.de, a major retailer from Germany.

At press time, MindFactory.de has over five reference Radeon RX 6900 XT Liquid Cooled supplied by PowerColor in stock (thanks to VideoCardz for the tip), which is not many, but good enough for a product that was not to be sold at retail at all. The card costs €1749 ($1960 with VAT, $1650 without VAT), which is more expensive than the price of air-cooled Radeon RX 6900 XT (which retail for €1500 ~ €1700), but is cheaper than the price of custom liquid-cooled Radeon RX 6900 XT (which are available for €1800 ~ €2000).

This is not exactly the first time such boards have hit the retail market, as the product was previously spotted in India for about $3000 with taxes, as well as in Brazil, but it is not unusual for certain products to 'leak' in such large markets, as nobody notices if a company sells a graphics board, or even a dozen of them, without permission. 

A listing at a major European retailer, however, indicates that the card got there through authorized channels and is 'officially' available. To that end, we may well see AMD's Radeon RX 6900 XT Liquid Cooled become available from other retailers and in different markets.

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AMD's Radeon RX 6900 XT Liquid Cooled is based on the Navi 21 XTXH GPU with 5120 stream processors clocked at up to 2250 MHz (game clock) and paired with 16GB of GDDR6 memory featuring a 18 GT/s data transfer rate. 

Sapphire Toxic Radeon RX 6900 XT EE PowerColor Liquid Devil Ultimate RX 6900 XTAsus ROG Strix RX 6900 XT TopASRock RX 6900 XT OC FormulaRadeon RX 6900 XT LCRadeon RX 6900 XT
Base???2125 MHz?1825 MHz
Game2375 MHz2305 MHz2375 MHz2165MHz2250 MHz?
Boost2500 MHz2375 MHz2525 MHz2295 MHz?2250 MHz
Performance Game2525 MHz2480 MHz-2365 MHz?-
Performance Boost2730 MHz2525 MHz-2475 MHz?-
Memory Data Transfer Rate16 GT/s16 GT/s16 GT/s16 GT/s18 GT/s16 GT/s
Cooling SystemHybridCustom LCSHybridTriple-FanClosed-loop liquid coolerTriple Fan

From a GPU frequency point of view, AMD's reference Radeon RX 6900 XT LC looks rather pale compared to Sapphire's, PowerColor's, ASRock's or Asus's liquid-cooled Radeon RX 6900 XT graphics boards. However, that fast GDDR6 memory is a feature exclusive to AMD's Radeon RX 6900 XT LC, which is why some users may prefer it to custom-designed liquid-cooled adapters. 

At this point it remains unclear whether AMD intends to change its position and offer the reference Radeon RX 6900 XT LC as a full retail product, but it looks like some of its partners certainly want to.

  • Makaveli
    Interesting but I think the RAD is too small on this.
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  • TechLurker
    Makaveli said:
    Interesting but I think the RAD is too small on this.

    I agree. Given this is already a halo product, I feel the AIB should have just gone with an expandable AIO setup, either from EK or from Alphacool, allowing for a stock option of a 120mm radiator when shipped, but SIs and private individuals could upgrade it to a 240+ as their case permits. Same goes for the Toxic variant from Sapphire and the Strix LC variant from ASUS. Should also have been expandable in both cases.
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  • spongiemaster
    Good for AMD. They were able to make another one.
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  • leorick
    spongiemaster said:
    Good for AMD. They were able to make another one.

    Oh they have more than one... Unfortunately...

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