AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Graphics Card Review




/ 11 months ago

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A Closer Look

AMD has kept things really simple this time around, as their entire range of new cards look pretty much the same. I don’t blame them either, as a lot of work has gone into this cooler and it’s easily one of the best looking graphics cards I’ve ever seen. Seriously, I think it’s that good. That’s the 6800 XT and the 6900 XT, I’ll let you guess which is which because I forgot.

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It managed to cool the 6800 XT exceptionally well, and it delivered excellent acoustics, so there’s no doubt you’ll see a similar performance here with the 6900 XT. This card also doesn’t have a massive difference in hardware vs the 6800 XT, so we should see similar temperatures.

The 6900 XT measures 267mm long, and takes up 2.5 slots, so there’s quite a hefty chunk of materials here. The new fans even look pretty robust and I love that slightly chromed edge on them.

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Tucked into the body, you can see a huge radiator design which has been coated in black. It looks impressive, and the hint of red on the side really pops.

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What’s interesting is that the back of the 6900 XT is closed off.

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Even here with the rear ports, there’s no ventilation.

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That’s because it’s all designed to flow sideways out of the card, rather than blowing heat away in all directions, the card has a clear direction of airflow.

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The RX 6900 XT draws its power from a pair of 8-pin headers, using around 300W but AMD suggest at least an 850W PSU.

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Finally, you have that gorgeous backplate, which keeps the card as firm as stone and as straight as a ruler. Of course, it’s also going to protect the PCB and provide some passive heat exhaust too.

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You’ll also find that the 6900 XT has no issues with capacitors featuring a huge cluster of multi-layered ceramic capacitors or MLCC’s for short.

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