Before we jump into the different reviews from around the web, here is the bottom line verdict on the 6900 XT: at $999, this is a card that can offer great gameplay performance and traditional GPU features, but don’t expect this card to touch the 3090 in terms of ray tracing or productivity.
When it comes to traditional rasterization, the 6900XT can hold its own against the 3090 in most modern games, with frame rates lagging just behind the Nvidia entries in games like Shadow Of The Tomb Raider, Microsoft Flight Simulator, but the success stories kind of stop here.
Whilst ray tracing is possible, the 6900 XT is outstripped by the 3090 and the 3080 pretty easily when it comes to in-game performance with Ray tracing turned on. In fairness, AMD did tell the world they weren’t focussing on ray tracing in this generation of GPUs, but with it being possible on competing cards it seems amiss to not mention that it isn’t as strong on the 6900 XT as it is even in the likes of the 3080.
You also have to consider the DLSS advantage that Nvidia has over AMD. whilst it may have seemed like a fad or flash in the pan trick when it was first conceived, now DLSS looks to be here to stay, with users relying on it in-game more and more as they make the move to next-gen graphics cards.
You are also going to see the 6900 XT falling short of Nvidia’s benchmarked productivity rates as well, which is definitely disappointing, but remember that this card does cost $999, so you have to expect there to be some kind of dip in performance compared to the much higher price scaling of the 3090.
Some reviewers are also reporting that whilst the power consumption is on the whole stable, it can be susceptible to sudden surges – which might cause an issue with your power supply if it isn’t up to the task of handling those sudden spikes.
All in all, if you are looking for a card that can offer high spec performance in-game, for a decent price that isn’t going to bankrupt you, and you are ok not having ceiling scraping GPU performance then this is the card for you. Otherwise, it’s worth holding onto that cash, and waiting for Nvidia to restock their cards, or even splashing out on a 6800 XT.