Like many other premium graphics cards makers, Sapphire tends to offer multiple versions of AMD Radeon-based boards for enthusiasts with deep pockets as well as those who are a little more conservative. With AMD's Radeon RX 6950 XT model, Sapphire is reportedly going to initially offer at least three models. None of which will apparently be as fast as last year's Toxic Radeon RX 6900 XT Extreme Edition.
For now take the leak with a pinch of salt until details are confirmed. Sapphire's air-cooled Radeon RX 6950 XT line-up will consist of the range-topping Toxic Radeon RX 6590 XT, Nitro+ Special Edition Radeon RX 6950 XT, and Nitro+ Radeon RX 6950 XT, reports VideoCardz citing data from the Chiphell community.
As the name suggests, the Toxic Radeon RX 6950 XT is the fastest variant in Sapphire's Radeon RX 6950 XT line-up, it is also the most power hungry too as it is rated for an up to 345W thermal graphics power (TGP). The new air-cooled Toxic RX 6900 XT can run its GPU at up to 2565 MHz out of box, 65 MHz higher when compared to Sapphire's Toxic Radeon RX 6900 XT Air Cooled. It is 165 MHz lower when compared to Sapphire's hybrid-cooled Toxic Radeon RX 6900 XT Extreme Edition.
Sapphire's Fastest Radeon RX 6900/6950 XT Graphics Cards
|Row 0 - Cell 0||Toxic Radeon RX 6950 XT||Nitro+ SE Radeon RX 6950 XT||Nitro+ Radeon RX 6950 XT||Toxic Radeon RX 6900 XT EE||Toxic Radeon RX 6900 XT Air||Radeon RX 6950 XT||Radeon RX 6900 XT|
|Base||?||?||?||?||?||? MHz||1825 MHz|
|Game||2310 MHz||2162 MHz||2116 MHz||2375 MHz||2235 MHz||? MHz||2015 MHz|
|Boost||2532 MHz||2368 MHz||2324 MHz||2500 MHz||2425 MHz||? MHz||2250 MHz|
|Performance Game||2343 MHz||2226 MHz||2100 MHz*||2525 MHz||?||-||-|
|Performance Boost||2565 MHz||2435 MHz||2310 MHz*||2730 MHz||2500 MHz||-||-|
|Memory||18 GT/s||18 GT/s||18 GT/s||16 GT/s||16 GT/s||18 GT/s||16 GT/s|
|Cooling System||Triple-Fan||Triple-Fan||Triple-Fan||Hybrid||Triple-Fan||Triple-Fan||Triple Fan|
*Silent Mode, not Performance Mode.
Those who want maximum performance should probably wait for Sapphire's Toxic Radeon RX 6950 XT Extreme Edition with a hybrid cooling system. This system cools down not only the GPU and memory, but also voltage regulating module of the board.
Meanwhile, the Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 6950 XT will come with a so-called "Silent BIOS" setting that slightly reduces maximum clocks and sets TGP to 284W in a bid to lower fan speeds and reduce noise levels generated by the card even when it renders games. For those who want a compromise between noise levels and performance, Sapphire will offer its Nitro+ Special Edition Radeon RX 6950 XT with a 325W TGP.
In general, Sapphire's air-cooled Radeon RX 6950 XT graphics boards will not only feature faster memory than the company's Radeon RX 6900 XT cards, but will also have slightly higher GPU clocks. What remains to be seen is how much will those cards cost.
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I don't understand why Sapphire went with so many models of the 6900XT. I mean, I can understand the 6900XT with the water cooler for bragging rights or whatever, but the other two are completely redundant. They had 2 revisions of the Nitro+ (I have the second) and now the Toxxic triple fan, which is exactly the same as the Nitro+ OC SE. Maybe they're using the XTXU die or something?Reply
Anyway, I think it's just a waste to have so many different ones instead of just keeping a good supply of the Nitro+ and a few cash-grab Toxxic versions with the Hybrid LCS.
That being said, I can't help but look forward to see how the extra memory speed helps in 4K so I can extrapolate to VR (as I bought it for that). VR is a tad more demanding than 4K@60, so I'm guessing the faster memory should improve things a bit. Under 4K, I'd say it'll be the same, since it's mostly covered by the cache anyway.
Too many variants, and the name has negative connotations to it.Reply
I do like that AMD is bringing the performance with their 6x50 cards. AMD needs to step up what they're doing with HIP in Blender though -- they're too far behind Nvidia in content creation performance.