In this post, we’ve listed some of the best RX 6900 XT graphics cards available to help you pick the right card for your budget.
Designed to go up against the RTX 3090, the AMD RX 6900 XT is the most powerful gaming GPU AMD has ever produced. Featuring AMD’s RDNA 2.0 architecture, the RX 6900 XT is the flagship of the RX 6000 series GPU lineup.
AMD claims that this card can match the RTX 3090 in most games. In reality, the RTX 3090 does pull ahead in most scenarios. However, the RX 6900 XT holds significant price and advantage over NVIDIA’s RTX 3090, 3090 Ti, and now the RTX 4090.
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A neat fact of choosing AMD cards over NVIDIA’s is that there is generally less demand for their products. If you’re not bothered about not having raytracing (an area NVIDIA consistently pulls ahead in thanks to their RTX Tensor Cores), you may be able to get your hands on an RX 6900 XT more easily.
And, in this list, we’ll showcase four of the best AMD RX 6900 XTs on the market right now.
A Quick Look at the Best RX 6900 XT Video Cards
In the table below, we’ve highlighted our choices for the best RX 6900 XT graphics cards currently available.
Sapphire Toxic Extreme
MSI Gaming Z Trio
XFX Speedster MERC319
GIGABYTE AORUS XTREME
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1. Sapphire Toxic RX 6900 XT Extreme
The best RX 6900 XT right now
With the Toxic Radeon RX 6900 XT Extreme Edition, Sapphire has been able to squeeze every inch of power of AMD’s RDNA 2.0 chip—making this watercooled (AIO) behemoth the most powerful RX 6900 XT on the market.
Sapphire have overclocked this chip to reach boost clocks of over 2525 MHz. This card packs in 5120 stream cores (parallel processing cores similar to NVIDIA’s CUDA cores), alongside 16GB of 256-bit GDDR6 VRAM.
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Cooling this beast of a GPU is Sapphire’s expertly designed TOXIC all-in-one cooler. The pump & heat spreader covering the GPU removes heat through a liquid cooling system to a 360mm radiator. Here, three 120mm fans keep your GPU running cool in intensive workloads.
The aesthetic-conscious will also be pleased here, as Sapphire has fitted in an ARGB lighting system. Everywhere from the front plate, to the fans, to the backplate is littered with addressable-RGBs to tune this card to fit your build’s sleek RGB aesthetic. Nice!
However, the all-important metric is of course performance. How does this Sapphire Toxic Radeon RX 6900 XT Extreme Edition perform?
According to GPU Monkey’s testing, this card boasts a theoretical performance score of 27.96 TFLOPS in the FP32 benchmark. This test measures how many trillions of floating-point operations the card can perform per second.
In gaming performance, this card does keep up with the most powerful RTX 3090’s. In the Battlefield 5 4K benchmark, this card scores an average of 118 fps. This is on par with our top pick for the RTX 3090—the ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 3090 OC.
In Shadow of the Tomb Raider 4K benchmark shows the RX 6900 XT dropping down to the performance levels of RTX 3080 with an average of 80 fps.
Overall, the Sapphire Toxic Radeon RX 6900 XT Extreme Edition is the best RX 6900 XT—it’s the most powerful, looks the coolest and features the best cooler. It’s our highly deserved top pick.
2. MSI RX 6900 XT Gaming Z Trio
Our runner-up RX 6900 XT choice
If you’re looking for the best RX 6900 XT that sports an air cooler, that crown goes to the MSI Radeon RX 6900 XT Gaming Z Trio 16G—our runner-up in today’s round-up.
Featuring 5120 stream cores and with the RX 6900 XT clocked up to a boost clock of 2425 MHz, this card is prolific gaming performer and holds its own against the RTX 3090 and 3080.
The MSI Z Trio is cooled by TRI FROZR 2 air cooler, combining three excellent TORX 4.0 fans with state-of-the-art core pipes and airflow control. This keeps the card running nice and cool, and therefore squeezing as much performance out of this GPU as possible.
For RGB lovers, the air cooler and backplate are both fitted with addressable RGB accents. Simply use MSI’s RGB utility to customize your card’s appearance to your liking.
Of course, performance is the most important metric. How does this card fare up when put to the test? According to GPU monkey, In the FP32 single-precision benchmark, this card throws out a theoretical performance of 24.83 TFLOPS.
How about in gaming? In Battlefield 5’s 4K benchmark, the MSI Radeon RX 6900 XT Gaming Z Trio delivers an average of 114 fps. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, this card delivers an average of 78 FPS in their 4K benchmark.
The story’s the same here when compared with NVIDIA. The Battlefield 5 score (which relies more on DirectX 12) is comparable to the RTX 3090 scores, whereas performance in Shadow of the Tomb Raider drops down to join the RTX 3080.
In conclusion, the MSI Radeon RX 6900 XT Gaming Z Trio is another excellent choice for a top-tier gaming graphics card, and will offer the most astute gamers a graphics companion to throw any game at.
3. XFX RX 6900 XT Speedster MERC319
A “cheaper” RX 6900 XT option
When it comes to buying graphics cards at the very top-end of the market, propositions like ‘value’ and ‘cheapest graphics card’ rarely ever come in to play. However, with the GPU market as inflated as it is, some variants of the same graphics chip are wildly cheaper than others.
The XFX Radeon RX 6900 XT Speedster MERC319 is one of these value cards, and for those looking to save a buck, it’s worth consideration.
I’ve always enjoyed XFX’s sleek and boxy design language, and that’s on full display here. XFX have opted for their classic matte black air cooler design. I personally prefer this look over glossy plastic, but it does forego the RGB lighting found in more expensive RX 6900 XTs.
For cooling, three double-ball bearing fans provide heaps of air intake. When idle and in light tasks, this card is silent. On the rear, XFX have opted for an all-black metal backplate, complete with a cutout of the XFX logo. Not only does this look cool, but this also helps provide some more thermal cooling capability.
How does the XFX Radeon RX 6900 XT Speedster MERC319 perform? In the FP32 benchmark, this card churns out 24.22 TFLOPs.
Other benchmark results include 114fps in Battlefield 5 4K and 78fps in Shadow of the Tomb Raider’s 4K benchmark.
If you’re looking for a budget alternative for the RX 6900 XT, XFX’s Speedster MERC319 is a fantastic choice.
4. GIGABYTE AORUS RX 6900 XT XTREME
The best-looking RX 6900 XT
If you’re looking for a GPU that also happens to double up as a work of art, the GIGABYTE AORUS Radeon RX 6900 XT XTREME WATERFORCE is a great choice. Fusing different materials with striking design elements, this water-cooled GPU is a beauty to behold.
When water is flowing through its water block, GIGABYTE’s RGB Fusion 2.0 addressable RGB accent lights illuminate the water to your liking. The waterforce cooling system allows PC builders to create unique custom loop builds and achieve the highest possible performance in silence.
Unlike the Sapphire Toxic Extreme Edition, this card doesn’t feature an AIO—or all-in-one cooler—and instead relies on you creating your own water-cooling loop. This means you’ll need to fit a pump and a reservoir yourself.
Under that massive water block, the RX 6900 XT is clocked to a boost clock of 2525 MHz.
But, how does this GIGABYTE AORUS Radeon RX 6900 XT XTREME WATERFORCE perform?
In the FP32 benchmark, this card performs at 25.86 TFLOPS. In gaming, this card churns out an average of 115 fps in Battlefield V and 79 fps in Shadow of the Tomb Raider (both 4K benchmarks).
If you’re looking to create a beautiful, visually striking PC build, the GIGABYTE AORUS Radeon RX 6900 XT XTREME WATERFORCE is a fantastic GPU option. It won’t be an easy build to complete, but if you pick the right case, motherboard, and CPU cooler, you’ll have a high-end PC build on your hands.
Is an RX 6900 XT the Right Video Card for You?
Well, there you have it: four of the best AMD RX 6900 XT graphics cards on the market right now. And, the good news is that prices have normalized over the past few months.
So, you will likely be able to find one of these RX 6900 XTs available for a much lower price than they have been for the past year or so.