The AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT LC has been featured in some of the latest news as a new entrant destined for compete with high-end NVIDIA, but unfortunately it seems that as users we will not be able to access this model unless we find it as part of an OEM team already assembled.
Fix one problem by creating another – the RX 6900 XT LC will be out of stock
The liquid-cooled AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT LC graphics card mounts a Navi 21 XTX GPU, which is the fully enabled chip with 80 compute units or 5,120 Shader Processors. It also features 16GB of dedicated GDDR6 graphics memory via a 256-bit bus interface, with a total bandwidth of 576GB / s thanks to 18Gbps memory chips.
The clock speeds of the RX 6900 XT LC with its top-rated Navi 21 XTXH GPU are also improved, boosting up to 2,250 MHz in gaming mode and up to 2,425 MHz in OC mode with the benchmark graphics specs. . We also found 80 ray accelerators to enable ray tracing (one RA per compute unit). This graphics has a TDP of 330W, 10% more than the TBP of the normal Radeon RX 6900 XT.
The reason behind limiting the accessibility of this graphics card to only OEM system builders is that AMD wants the graphics to come directly into the hands of gamers, and only to gamers. In a statement to Tom’s Hardware, AMD explains why this decision:
“AMD will manufacture a limited number of Radeon RX 6900 XT liquid-cooled reference design graphics cards, which will only be available to select system integrators. These system integrators are a critical part of the gaming ecosystem and offering this model exclusively through their channels will help ensure that as many of these products as possible reach gamers. ‘
This move will make it difficult for miners and resellers to access this powerful GPU, but it should also be noted that a liquid-cooled graphics is part of the enthusiast range of products and we highly doubt that miners would be interested in it. In addition, the typical buyer of pre-assembled OEM systems is not usually an enthusiast, and also the price of these equipment will be almost absurd already only with what this chart costs.
In any case, after NVIDIA has been looking for ways to combat the problem that mining causes in the stock of graphics cards for some time, and after AMD washed its hands saying that it seemed perfectly legal for them to monopolize the stock, this seems to be the first movement of the red team against mining. We will see how it turns out.