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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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AMD's RX 6000-series refresh in May 2022 still strikes us as a bit odd, and for cards like the RX 6750 XT, it feels largely unnecessary. At least the RX 6950 XT makes a bit of sense, going for halo glory and competing against the RTX 3090 Ti. There's no new Nvidia competitor for the RX 6750 XT, however, so it basically competes with AMD's existing RX 6700 XT as well as the RTX 3070. That's not a bad thing, as the 6700 XT continues to be one of the best overall values for GPUs, except the RX 6750 XT basically makes things worse: It costs 15% more while only improving performance by around 6%.

Two months ago, finding a graphics card with RX 6700 XT / RTX 3070 levels of performance for $550 would have seemed pretty great, but GPU prices have plummeted as the cryptoapocalypse continues. Even in our traditional gaming suite, the RTX 3070 trades blows with the RX 6750 XT. Add in ray tracing and DLSS, and it's not too difficult to justify paying a bit more money for the extra features and performance Nvidia offers. Or, more likely, with rumors that Nvidia Ada may arrive in just a couple of months, enthusiasts will wait to see what comes next rather than buying a higher cost, warmed-over GPU that debuted over a year ago in March 2021.

AMD does have a new Raise the Game Bundle going on, which applies to all RX 6000-series graphics cards. We haven't seen much in the way of bundles since 2020, as every GPU sold out immediately, often at massively inflated prices. Plus, well, large-scale GPU miners don't care about gaming bundles. The new bundle choices currently include the 2022 Saints Row reboot, slated to arrive in September, or Sniper Elite 5, which comes out May 26. There will be other games added over the coming months as well, in case those games aren't on your list.

The real issue with the RX 6750 XT, in general, is that AMD has tried to increase the pricing on its GPU stack without offering a lot of extra value. The RX 6700 XT was already "overpriced" relative to where it should have landed, were it not for the GPU shortages of the past 18 months or more. Using Nvidia's MSRPs as a baseline, the RX 6700 XT should be taking on the RTX 3060 Ti, a $400 part. Granted, it hasn't ever really sold at that price in meaningful quantities, but GPU pricing now has it at around $550, and we could actually see it selling at $450 within another month or two. Given the features and performance, that's really where we'd prefer to see the RX 6750 XT as well — it should have a lower MSRP than the RTX 3070, since that GPU has DLSS and Tensor cores that provide extra functionality.

The Asus ROG Strix RX 6750 XT delivers a good level of performance, and it targets the sweet spot of 1440p gaming. The design of the card is great; we have no concerns with that. However, Asus takes AMD's already questionable price and then tacks on an extra $100, giving it a final recommended price of $650, and retail prices are even higher right now. You can find other RX 6750 XT cards for $550, though they'll likely leave out the RGB bling and more advanced cooling that Asus offers with its Strix line. How much is the extra cooling and RGB lighting worth, though? We'd say $50, $100 at most, meaning we can really only recommend the Strix 6750 XT if you can find it for closer to $600. Asus makes a good card, but there are better values right now, and we really hope availability will improve and that the price will drop to compete with the rest of the market — a market that's still in freefall from its unsustainable peak prices.

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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