Friday, October 30th 2020

AMD in Talks with Partners About Custom Radeon RX 6900 XT Designs

Just a few days ago AMD has announced its Radeon RX 6000 series of graphics cards based on the new RDNA 2 architecture. While AMD has given out the "Big Navi" chips to its partners to design custom boards and give users designs with better cooling and possibly higher overclocking capabilities, that doesn't seem to extend to the highest-end parts. So far, we have seen custom designs from companies like ASUS, MSI, etc., and all of them have one thing in common - they only do designs for Radeon RX 6800 or RX 6800 XT. So one would wonder where are the highest-end custom Radeon RX 6900 XT designs.

The first wave of the "custom" cards will be on November 18th, when manufacturers will release designs that are MBA (Made-by-AMD), meaning that the PCB is a reference design, just with a custom cooler installed. When it comes to the custom RX 6900 XT cards, AMD is now in talks with its partners whether to keep the biggest "Big Navi" design available for custom designs, or to keep it as AMD exclusive, with the most likely scenario being the AMD exclusivity. AMD partners could carry the models in their stores and offerings, however, the PCB and cooler design would be AMD's. The situation is yet unresolved so we have to wait and see what comes out of it and if we are getting any custom designs of the Radeon RX 6900 XT model.
Source: Hardwareluxx.de
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33 Comments on AMD in Talks with Partners About Custom Radeon RX 6900 XT Designs

#26
Zach_01
I would like to see what the 6900XT can do on 350W. Just for statistics of course, cause most probably I will never buy a 1000+$ GPU and second I’m 99+% convinced that it would be very limited.

+11% more process power (CUs) on the same clocks with the same 300W of the 6800XT = cherry picked top end quality yields.

They should’ve give 6900XT the ~330W limit, but this would have driven price past 999$ for a better cooler.
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#27
damric
They probably want to keep the PCB reference to keep the AIBs from screwing up the filter circuits like they did with Ampere. Very often AIBs increase profit margins by using substandard PCB components. Reference PCB is also easier for water block design. The stock air cooler looks really good, but you know a lot of owners will put it under water.
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#28
Zach_01
damric
They probably want to keep the PCB reference to keep the AIBs from screwing up the filter circuits like they did with Ampere. Very often AIBs increase profit margins by using substandard PCB components. Reference PCB is also easier for water block design. The stock air cooler looks really good, but you know a lot of owners will put it under water.
It’s an issue, the potential screw up from AIBs on filter circuitry but for Ampere I think it was nVidia’s fault. AIBs said, that they used nVidia’s guidelines and reference designs. But why was this happen on the first couple of weeks?
Because nVidia didn’t dispose enough time to AIBs to test for NDA reasons and leaks about Ampere performance. nVidia only gave a part of the drivers to them to fine tune the GPUs that wasn’t representative enough of the aggressive and demanding gaming loads.

So certain combinations of power filtering design along with aggressive clocking and super rapid variant gaming loads resulted to crashes.
The subject is a little more complicated than this though because other factors play major role too. Like PSUs(power feed and output), GPU Power delivery design (VRM modules, power feed filtering, power output filtering).

You can’t put the blame only on the by-pass caps on the actual GPU. If AIBs had enough time for proper testing on all environments this could’ve been avoided.
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#29
Vayra86
Rais
I am sorry, but I haven't understood a single word in this news. What's the matter already?
Its a story about a whole lot of air, that's what it is. Not airflow though.

Clickbait with zero substance
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#30
Xajel
jesdals
Hopeing for 3 DisplayPort to my Eyefinity setup
The Type-C port can output native DP signal using a simple passive Cable.
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#31
ssateneth
Xex360
With the 6800XT having 16gb of vram and nearly identical specs, I don't believe the 6900 is worth it given the quite big price difference between the two.
it might not be worth it, but people that have money want the best of the best with cost being no object. I will buy a 6900xt.
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#32
jesdals
Xajel
The Type-C port can output native DP signal using a simple passive Cable.
But will it do above 60Hz?
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#33
Xex360
ssateneth
it might not be worth it, but people that have money want the best of the best with cost being no object. I will buy a 6900xt.
I agree, some of us just want the best, some are more focused or getting the best for their money.
But either way, if AMD manages to seel their cards for MSRP everywhere and not only in the US, even the 6900 is better value than all Ampere with the 3070 at 800$ MSRP (to be fair you can get it for 700).
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