[REVIEW] : AMD introduces the new Radeon PRO W6600X for Mac Pro
The AMD Radeon PRO W6000X range welcomes a new member, the most modest of the four.
AMD announces the availability of the AMD Radeon PRO W6600X graphics card for Mac Pro. Like the other RX 6000s, this reference benefits from the AMD RDNA 2 graphics architecture. It has 32 calculation units, i.e. 2048 stream processors. We assume that like the Radeon RX 6600 / XT, this card inherits a Navi 23 GPU. In any case, we find the 32 MB of Infinity Cache. AMD has equipped this Radeon PRO W6600X with 8 GB of GDDR6 memory on a 128-bit bus. The company reports a bandwidth of 256 GB/s. The memory speed is thus 16 Gbit/s, as for the Radeon RX 6660 XT (14 Gbit/s for the RX 6600). The GPU Boost frequency is 2479 MHz.
AMD RX 6000 series refresh with 18Gbps memory rumored for late April launch
With Intel’s Alchemist GPUs on the way and Nvidia’s Ampere lineup selling like hotcakes, AMD’s RDNA 3 can’t come soon enough. The company is rumored to be readying three refreshed RDNA 2 cards for April as an interim solution, but availability and pricing could make it another paper launch.
AMD’s Radeon RX 6500 XT briefly sold below MSRP in Europe last month, but many gamers are still waiting for prices to drop on midrange and high-end GPUs. Indeed, prices for Nvidia and AMD models are now the lowest since the start of 2021, but as both companies prepare to launch refreshed and next-gen cards, we could see a slowdown in this trend in the months ahead. coming. .
Earlier today, Nvidia hinted that it may continue to manufacture Ampere cards even after the launch of the RTX 4000 series. The company believes this will improve availability for gamers, but as we’ve seen with the RTX 2060 relaunch – if you can even call it that – was a quick lunch for miners who were more than happy to pay the inflated asking price. .
On another note, the RTX 4000 series will likely be manufactured on TSMC’s 5nm process node while Ampere is based on Samsung’s 8nm process node, so there is hope for an improved offering overall Nvidia GPU.
AMD is preparing to release refreshed RDNA 2 cards, and these would be manufactured on the same TSMC 7nm process node as the existing Ryzen 6000 GPUs and Ryzen 5000 CPUs. According to reputable Enthusiast Citizen leaker from the Chiphell forums (via Video Card), no less than three new RX 6000 series cards will be released on April 20 or 21 – the RX 6950 XT, RX 6750 XT and 6650 XT.
These new models have reportedly been upgraded with faster 18Gbps GGDR6 memory, compared to the 16Gbps memory used in standard RX 6000 series graphics GPUs. The lessor said the new cards would cost $50 more than their older siblings for the privilege, which seems like a fair ask, if not relevant in current market conditions where prices are still much higher than MSRP.
AMD CEO Lisa Su thinks the chip shortage situation will improve in the second half of this year, but some – including a TSMC R&D executive – think it’s just a prediction too optimistic. So far, Ampere GPUs dominate the Steam charts and are also the most sought after items for cryptocurrency miners, while AMD’s RDNA 2 GPUs barely make it into the chart. It will be interesting to see if the updated RDNA 2 cards drive more players away from Team Green.
AMD Announces Radeon PRO W6600X Graphics Card for Mac Pro
AMD announces a new graphics card, the Radeon PRO W6600Xwhich is predestined to Mac Pro. The latter joins a range that already includes the Radeon PRO W6900X, Radeon PRO W6800X and Radeon PRO W6800X Duo models.
The Radeon PRO W6600X card is based on the RDNA 2 architecture, offers up to 8 GB of GDDR6 memory, has 32 MB of infinity cache, is capable of handling 8K resolution and HDR.
AMD Radeon PRO W6600X:
- – Calculation units: 32
- – Stream processors: 2048
- – Memory interface: 128 bit
- – TFLOPS: 9.8 in single precision (FP32), 19.6 in half precision (FP16)
- – Infinity cache: 32 MB
- – Memory: 8 GB GDDR6
- – Maximum memory bandwidth: 256 GB/s
AMD is set to launch three new GPUs in April, including a formidable opponent for the Nvidia RTX 3090 Ti
According to some rumors, AMD is readying three new desktop GPUs that will be released in April.
These will theoretically be the RX 6950 XT, 6750 XT and 6650 XT – updates to the 6900 XT and other respective existing models. They will serve as workarounds before the launch of next-generation RDNA 3 graphics cards later this year.
According to the Chiphell leak, in addition to faster video memory, these refreshed GPUs will also offer “slightly” optimized levels of performance over current models. Perhaps by increasing the clock rate somewhat, which is a possibility we’ve heard before.
Another claim hints that the low-end RX 6400, currently OEM-only (you can only buy it in a pre-mounted unit), will later be released as a standalone graphics card. It is also possible that it will be renamed RX 6500, and that it will incorporate slightly upgraded specifications.
Three graphics cards, rather than one? We will see
This is an interesting leak, for sure, although we apply a fair amount of caution here. However, it matches most of the previous indiscretions we’ve heard, as noted above – and it matches a recent rumor that we’ll see the RX 6950 XT land sometime in April. Maybe in the middle of said month.
What differs with this latest rumor is the claim that three new graphics cards are planned – whereas we’ve heard so far that AMD was only prioritizing a top-end RDNA 2 GPU upgrade. AMD wants to be more likely to offer a serious rival against Nvidia’s RTX 3090 Ti (which is rumored to be launching at the end of March). On this simple basis, the arrival of the RX 6950 XT seems the most obvious.
However, AMD has every interest in supporting lower-level RDNA 2 models in addition – and releasing the RX 6400 more widely – to keep the attention of PC builders struggling to get their hands on a new graphics card.
There remains a shortage of semiconductors which continues to penalize the market, and which should persist until the second half of 2022. Just before the expected introduction of RDNA 3 graphics cards.
AMD: new Radeon RX 6x50XT graphics cards expected by the end of April
A little over a year ago, AMD responded to NVIDIA’s Ampere solutions by distributing the first RDNA 2 cards. Since then, water has flowed under the bridges and AMD seems to be thinking that it is time for a small refresh.
Three Radeon RX 6x50XTs
In industry jargon, this means AMD is preparing to distribute new cards – still in RDNA 2 – to boost its offer. The latest news, three models are thus considered by the American.
The very top of the range will be represented by the Radeon RX 6950XT which should have 16 GB of video memory at 18 Gbps on a 256-bit bus. There is also talk of a TDP of 350 Watts, which is 50 W higher than that of the 6900XT.
The Radeon RX 6750XT and Radeon RX 6650XT are more mysterious and apart from the fact that they would be accompanied by the same video memory at 18 Gbps, it’s the blur. On the other hand, an often well-informed user of the Chiphell forums specifies the release date of these cards.
Intel and NVIDIA also in the running
A time scheduled for the end of the first quarter of 2022, Intel’s return to the dedicated graphics card market should finally take place before the end of the second quarter of 2022. We are talking about several cards from the modest A350 / A380 to the more powerful A780s, but without the details of the timetable having been specified.
Finally, if NVIDIA no longer seems to have to offer GeForce RTX 3070 Ti with 16 GB of video memory, the GeForce RTX 3090 Ti should indeed come out: probably in order to keep the crown of “the most powerful graphics card”. For the rest, NVIDIA seems to be mainly focusing on the next generation… expected for September.