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Is the 6900 XT good for 4K gaming?

Now two years of age, the RX 6900 XT is a well-rounded card among GPUs, but can it output 4K gaming like the best of them
Last Updated on April 28, 2023
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The Radeon RX 6900 XT was released in 2020. It was launched to outperform the RX 6800 XT and to battle Nvidia’s RTX 3080. However, the latest upgrades in GPUs have made 4K gaming on this card rather difficult. The RX 6900 XT does not offer enough speed and power to run 4K gaming effectively.

At the time this GPU was a novelty, and several benchmarks were conducted, it was compared to RTX 3090, 3080, and even the red’s team 6800 XT, and the results were devastating. The high increase in price didn’t weigh up with the performance it showed.

RX 6900 XT specs

This graphic card supposedly showed an 11% improvement over the 6800 XT upon release. At the time, the former was released with a 50% higher price than the latter, and the upgrades were not enough. When talking about its competitors, the RTX 3080 Ti showed a massive improvement in this category.

 RX 6900 XTRTX 3080 Ti
GPUNavi 21 XTXGA102-225
InterfacePCIe 4.0 x16PCIe 4.0 x16
CUDA cores/shading units5,12010,240
Tensor coresN/A320
RT cores/accelerators8080
Base clock1,825MHz1,365MHz
Boost clock2,250MHz1,665MHz
Memory speed16Gbps19Gbps
Memory bus256-bit384-bit
List price$820$1,050

Even though both GPUs are marketed at the same mid-range level, Nvidia delivers far more improvements than AMD’s offering. The number of cores in the unit is just too small for the card to be able to perform gracefully with 4K resolutions.

RX 6900 XT 4K performance

In several benchmarks performed with games such as Death Stranding, Rainbow Six Siege (Vulkan), Watch Dogs: Legion, Assassins Creed Valhalla, and Doom Eternal, the RX 6900 XT didn’t show much improvement over Nvidia’s GPU. More importantly, it barely proved any better than the older 6800 RX.

4k, highest qualityDeath StrandingRainbow Siege (Vulkan)Watch Dogs: LegionAssassins Creed ValhallaDoom Eternal
RX 6900 XT (FPS)1161845564191
RX 6800 XT (FPS)1021745557175
RTX 3090 (FPS)1132016159209

To conclude, seeing the latest updates in 4K gaming, ray tracing, and the new tensor cores upgrades on performances, the AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT will perform well in 4K resolutions but is a too expensive graphics card for the minimum results it shows.

Camilo is a contributor for PC Guide. He's been into tech since he was a teen, surfing through the web and local stores trying to find the cheapest way to play the latest Half-Life on his old Windows