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AMD reloads: Sapphire Nitro Radeon RX 6650 XT, 6750 XT, 6950 XT Pure review

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The Sapphire Nitro Pure Radeon RX 6950 XT is a cool, quiet, gorgeous beast pushed even further by AMD's Smart Access Memory and Radeon Super Resolution features--if you can afford it, fit it in your case, and feed its deep thirst for power. After two long, bleak years of heartbreak, graphics cards are finally starting to become available at suggested prices (sometimes), right as Intel winds up to deliver its debut Arc discrete desktop graphics cards this summer. The winds of change are finally blowing, and AMD decided this is the perfect time to roll out a "refresh" of several Radeon RX 6000-series graphics cards. Each sports the same underlying GPU specs as their vanilla counterparts (the Radeon RX 6600 XT, 6700 XT, and 6900 XT, respectively), but with faster memory and both clock speeds and power draw juiced. Is that enough to jockey AMD's latest offerings into pole positions on our roundup of the best graphics cards and justify their higher price tags? To find out, we look to Sapphire's swanky Nitro versions of each model--including the stunning new whited-out Nitro "Pure" Radeon RX 6950 XT, a premium piece of kit that aims to take down Nvidia's vaunted RTX 3090. Editor's note: Our content system only allows for one scored review per article. The Nitro Radeon RX 6650 XT and Nitro 6750 XT would get 3.5 stars--3 for AMD's underlying GPU performance, and an extra half star for Sapphire's sublime Nitro design and implementation.


Ridiculous! This $165 8GB Radeon RX 580 is one of the best graphics card deals in a long time

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Your message has been sent. There was an error emailing this page. Just when you thought the graphics card deals couldn't get any better, Newegg is selling an 8GB MSI AMD Radeon RX 580 for $165Remove non-product link after the checkout code EMCEERY39 and a $20 mail in rebate. That's an incredible price well below the pre-Black Friday RX 580 sale prices of $200 to $220, and it's nearly half of the $300 or so for a Radeon RX 590--the newly crowned 1080p gaming champ. The checkout code is from Newegg's daily mailer so you may need to sign-up for Newegg's email to get the deal.


Today only, get an 8GB Radeon RX 580 under $300 for the first time in a long time

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Graphics card prices are finally coming back down to Earth. The costly GPU crisis isn't over yet, but things are getting better. Case in point: today, you can get an 8GB Asus Radeon RX 580 for $290 after rebate from Newegg. This is the first time in a long time that the 8GB version of the card has dipped below $300. Perhaps not-so-coincidentally, Amazon is offering the card at the same $290 price after rebate.


Is the GPU pricing crisis ending? Amazon's selling a Gigabyte Radeon RX 580 for $210

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If you've been impatiently waiting for the end of the great mining-induced graphics card crisis, today's deal is for you. The Radeon RX 580 originally launched with a $200 price tag, but this model includes a custom cooling solution with two fans. That counts as a deal in this era of hyper-inflated graphics card prices--and a great one at that. Most new Radeon RX 580 models are still selling for $270 or more. While Nvidia's GeForce graphics cards started approaching sane prices in late spring, the costs for AMD hardware has remained high due to Radeon's superb compute abilities.


Who should buy the AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT?

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The launch of AMD's Radeon RX 6900 XT marks the seventh new graphics card to hit streets in the last three months--making for a densely packed field of competition in the ultra high-end. That crowd is what puts AMD's top card in a difficult spot, which we summarize in the video above. Our exhaustive review dives deep into the details, but for the TLDR folks, we lay out in a more brief eight minutes why the $1,500 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090, $700 Nvidia GeForce 3080, and $650 Radeon RX 6800 XT are more compelling than this new hero GPU. In addition to outlining the conundrum that the 6900 XT faces in the market, we cover performance benchmarks, including with AMD's Smart Access Memory switched on, as well as for ray-tracing, along with our observations regarding noise, power draw, and temperatures. You'll get all the important information needed. Still want more info after watching the video, yet lack time to read the full written review?