AMD is launching a new variant of its Radeon RX 6900 XT graphics card that is liquid cooled. This extra cooling allows the card to run at higher clock speeds, delivering better performance in games. Videocardz reports that the Radeon RX 6900 XT Liquid Edition also includes faster memory, at 18Gbps instead of the 16Gbps found on the regular RX 6900 XT.
This liquid cooled edition will be powered by a single radiator fan attached to the card’s shroud. AMD is using the same number of compute units, 16GB memory size, and 128MB infinity cache as existing RX 6900 RT models, but the card will be clocked at 2250Mhz instead of 2015Mhz.
AMD’s new Radeon RX 6900 XT Liquid Edition includes a single radiator.Image: AMD
That speedier clock means the total board power for the Radeon RX 6900 XT Liquid Edition will also bump up to 330 watts, a 30-watt increase over the regular RX 6900 XT. This new GPU appears to be exclusive to system integrators, so you’ll only likely find it on pre-built machines. Maingear in the US has listed the card, alongside PC Specialist in the UK and Japanese retailer Dospara. It’s also listed as “coming soon,” so it’s not clear when it will be available in systems.
The regular RX 6900 XT was already trading blows with Nvidia’s top-of-the-line RTX 3090 card late last year, so it will be interesting to see how much more capable this is for 1440p and 4K gaming. Reviewers found that the $1,000 RX 6900 XT was around 4 to 7 percent faster than the $649 RX 6800 XT.
We don’t have an exact price for this Radeon RX 6900 XT Liquid Edition, but Maingear lists it as a $2,227 upgrade over the RTX 3060 on its custom systems. The regular RX 6900 XT is listed as a $1,402 upgrade, so it looks like you’ll be paying a hefty $825 price premium for this liquid cooling edition.