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AMD Radeon RX 6750 XT Review: Cool-Headed Asus ROG Strix

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AMD Radeon RX 6750 XT
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We'll start with our 1440p testing results, representing the ideal target for many gamers in terms of balancing resolution and performance. The RX 6750 XT also does great at 1440p, at least in our standard benchmarks, averaging over 80 fps across the test suite, with Total War: Warhammer 3 being the only game that can't average 60 fps or more — and it's a strategy game that's not quite as dependent on maintaining extremely high framerates.

Compared to the RX 6700 XT, the Asus 6750 XT delivered 6% higher performance pretty consistently across the test suite, ranging from a 5.6% to 8.3% improvement. That's nice, but we also need to factor in the overclocked nature of the Asus Strix card. If we compare the two Asus Strix models, the 6750 XT is still 5% faster overall, which is interesting to see. Basically, the RX 6700 XT Strix card was barely faster than the reference design in our testing, despite the substantially improved cooling.

Looking at some of the other GPUs, the 6750 XT basically tied the RTX 3070 (1.7% slower) while being 9% faster than the RTX 3060 Ti. Keep in mind, at current prices, the 6750 XT costs about as much as the 3060 Ti and $50 less than the RTX 3070. It's also $75 more than the cheapest 6700 XT, though, which still tends to deliver the best overall value.

Going through the individual games and focusing on the 3070 and 6750, AMD came out ahead in half the games (Borderlands 3, Far Cry 6, Forza Horizon 5, and Horizon Zero Dawn), with the 3070 delivering better performance in the other four games, with particularly large 18–20% leads in Flight Simulator and Total War: Warhammer 3.

As usual, ray tracing vastly favored Nvidia's competing GPUs, with the RX 6750 XT barely coming out ahead of the RTX 3060. Meanwhile, the RTX 3070 was 33% faster without enabling DLSS, and the 3060 Ti was 24% faster overall. But 1440p with ray tracing wasn't really a good experience on any of those GPUs, at least without some form of resolution upscaling.

The RX 6750 averaged just 23 fps across our six DXR games, and only Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition managed to break the 30 fps mark, with Control coming in just below that mark. By comparison, the RTX 3070 averaged 34 fps across the suite, but half of the games were still below 60 fps. Again, DLSS would help Nvidia quite a bit, and we'd love to see FSR 2.0 in more games as it generally provided a comparable experience. Unfortunately, FSR 2.0 at present is only available in a single game, Deathloop, with more to come in the future.

Jarred Walton
Jarred Walton

Jarred Walton is a senior editor at Tom's Hardware focusing on everything GPU. He has been working as a tech journalist since 2004, writing for AnandTech, Maximum PC, and PC Gamer. From the first S3 Virge '3D decelerators' to today's GPUs, Jarred keeps up with all the latest graphics trends and is the one to ask about game performance.

  • tennis2
    My brother has the 3060Ti with this same cooler. It. is. CHONKY. Sooo overkill for this class of card is gloriously hilarious.
    They're using the same cooler all the way through their 3090.
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  • JarredWaltonGPU
    tennis2 said:
    My brother has the 3060Ti with this same cooler. It. is. CHONKY. Sooo overkill for this class of card is gloriously hilarious.
    They're using the same cooler all the way through their 3090.
    Yeah. The annoying thing to me is that Asus doesn't seem to do much with all the cooling headroom. Surely the 6750 XT can clock higher than this without any issue? Efficiency be damned, bump those clocks and voltages and give me 3GHz!
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  • hotaru.hino
    Surely staying under 60C with Furmark running on air must amount to something :tonguewink:

    Like I get the idea of recycling designs because it means less variations and whatever, but at some point you have to make something different. Lest we see this on a GTX 1630.
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  • tennis2
    JarredWaltonGPU said:
    Surely the 6750 XT can clock higher than this without any issue? Efficiency be damned, bump those clocks and voltages and give me 3GHz!
    I'd say that falls on the side of "user risk" rather than something Asus would want to cover with a warranty. With this cooler and card, you've certainly got the tools.
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  • tennis2
    hotaru.hino said:
    Like I get the idea of recycling designs because it means less variations and whatever, but at some point you have to make something different. Lest we see this on a GTX 1630.
    The Strix 3050 and 3060 is basically the same cooler, but with 5 heatpipes.

    Strix 3090 for reference (exact same as the 3060Ti/6700XT on up):
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  • Sleepy_Hollowed
    I mean.... if it's the only thing you can buy, I guess it's nice, but for that price if there's other options, nah.

    That is one killer cooling solution though, and I do like they reuse it, though it looks like a tank.
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