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AMD is dishing it up to NVIDIA once again, now releasing its fastest ever Big Navi-based graphics card – the Radeon RX 6900XT Liquid Cooled Edition. The new Navi 21 XTXH GPU based variant is a further upgrade to the reference model, now boasting greater clock speeds, faster memory, and more power overall – delivering some of the highest performance of any Radeon GPU.
That being said, with GPU shortages and prices skyrocketing, getting your hands on a 6900XT Liquid Cooled GPU is going to be both difficult and fairly costly ($2,000+).
AMD Release New Radeon RX 6900XT Liquid Cooled Graphics Card
The new Radeon 6000-series GPU (with Navi 21 XTXH chips) has now received another performance boost, equipped with a high-end cooling solution that factors in both air and liquid. This not only adds a cool design element to the GPU but it also helps to push peak clocks out of binned Navi 21 chips – resulting in slightly greater performance when compared to reference variants.
As we expected, the new card follows the same design traits as the existing Radeon RX 6000 RDNA 2 series GPUs – with a silver and black color theme contrasting nicely with red Radeon branding. Consumers will likely enjoy the aesthetic character of this GPU, offering up two large aluminum plates that house a large ‘R’ logo in the middle. Like most 6000-series GPUs, the 6900XT Liquid Cooled will feature a dual-slot design alongside an AIO cooling design. It will also feature a 120mm fan that is equipped with RGB – requiring dual 8-pin power connectors.
AMD Radeon RX 6900XT Liquid Cooled Performance
So, what can we expect as far as performance goes? Well, as many know, the RX 6900XT was already trading blows with NVIDIA’s hugely impressive RTX 3090 – making the battle between the RX 6900XT Liquid Cooled and team green’s flagship GPU a very interesting prospect.
Baseline specs for the RX 6900XT Liquid Cooled include an increased 18Gbps memory speed, 16GB of GDDR6 VRAM, and clock speeds that range from 2250MHz (game) to 2435MHz (boost). Like the RX 6900XT, the XTLC (as we’ll call it) also offers 80 compute units, 5120 cores, and a 256-bit memory bus. However, all that additional performance does require an additional 30 watts of typical power (boosting it up to 330W in total).
At the time of writing this, we don’t have a definitive price for the Radeon RX 6900 XT Liquid Cooled – however, Maingear have listed it as a $2,227 upgrade in their RTX 3060 custom builds. The regular RX 6900 XT is around $1,400 at the time of writing this, so I presume a healthy increase over that for the liquid cooled functionality.