Wednesday, June 23, 2021

We finally take a look at AMD’s Radeon RX 6000

These last two weeks, everyone is talking about the new GPU released by Nvidia. Everyone is anticipating these very powerful, but still affordable graphics cards. While all of this is was happening, AMD stayed silent. It is obvious that Nvidia’s approach took everyone by surprise including its competitor. However, 10 days after the announcement of the RTX 3000 series, there was also an announcement from AMD that there will be a reveal of the next-gen Radeon RX 6000 GPUs in about a month.

If you want to know more about how things will unfold in the upcoming month, I would recommend reading this article in which I focused on those two announcements from both Nvidia and AMD.

Finally, this time around, we can talk about Nvidia’s competitor. Just because they have decided to stay silent during these past two weeks, does not mean that they have a trump card up their sleeve. Obviously, we cannot foresee the future, but I think most of us should expect something quite interesting and competitive from Radeon.

The flagship Radeon RX 6000 is definitely power-hungry

Two weeks ago, we saw Jensen Huang reveal the 3070, 3080, and 3090. A very odd thing about the 3080 and 3090 Founders Edition is the fact that they come with a 12 pin connector. However, this is not a standard connector. You cannot just add four more pins to an eight-pin connector. Instead, most PC use will require an adapter because most this is a completely new standard.

This new connector also shows us that the RTX 3080 might be a card that draws over 300 W of power. That is a lot of power, and a lot of power usually means a lot of heat. But, we will see about how the RTX 3000 series handles heat dissipation and 300+ W of power.

But, in this article, want to focus on the Radeon RX 6000 GPU and that was revealed today.

 From what I can see, I think it is obvious that we are talking about a flagship SKU. It is at least a two-slot GPU and it is quite lengthy. From the picture that AMD released, we can see that it comes with three fans on it. Personally, I am happy to see that they have ditched their regular blower fan design. This reference card edition might actually be quiet and cool.

We can also see from the image that this flagship comes with two 8 pin connectors. One eight-pin connector can deliver a power of 150 W. When you combine the two, you get a total of 300 W of power. Although, that does not necessarily mean that the GPU will draw 300 W of power. It might be 200 W or even less.

Power might equal performance

Most of us PC enthusiasts, hate reading about power-hungry GPU’s, but it looks like this time around, we are going to see that both from Nvidia and AMD. I think we have to accept the fact that the Jeep use will require more power, but they might be a lot more efficient in using that power and properly dissipating the heat.

Since it is expected Nvidia’s RTX 3082 draw at least 300 W, most people will not have an issue if an AMD GPU draws 300 W if it delivers the same level of performance.

But, as always, this is just speculation. All that it is left to do right now is to just wait for the end of September to see how Nvidia performs and the end of October to see how AMD will perform with their new GPU lineup.

If you want to stay up to date, make sure you frequent TimeAura because we will definitely be talking about the performance of both GPU lineups.

Branko Gapo
“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”

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