The new Radeon RX 6750 XT is a minor refresh from AMD over the RX 6700 XT GPU that was released about a year ago. This refresh is no different from the Radeon RX 6650 XT we tested last week, where after a few tweaks, the new model got an average of about 6% more performance than the RX 6600, for a 5% price increase.
The RX 6750 XT has a core overclock of 19 MHz… not 19%, 19MHzbut you get faster 18 Gbps memory, resulting in a 12.5% increase in memory bandwidth compared to last year’s RX 6700† There’s also a 9% increase in board power and that’s it. Oh wait, no it isn’t. You will also face a 15% increase in MSRP, which has risen from $480 to $550.
We’ll analyze towards the end of the review how much of a “deal” the 6750 XT is in our cost per frame segment. On hand for testing we have the MSI Gaming X Trio and Sapphire Nitro+ models, both excellent boards.
For testing, all AMD and Nvidia GPUs are clocked to their official specifications, with no factory overclocks. All data collected is new to this review and has been collected over the past week and a half using a Ryzen 7 5800X3D system equipped with 32 GB dual-rank, dual-channel DDR4-3200 CL14 memory on the Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme using the latest BIOS that supports the AGESA 1207 microcode.
We tested 11 games at 1080p, 1440p and 4K, but as the results are quite repetitive we didn’t feel the need to go into too much detail, you’ll agree once you see them. We will nevertheless look at the average of 11 games at all resolutions and the cost per frame analysis.
Starting with Rainbow Six Extraction, we see that the 6700XT and RTX 3060 Ti are equally matched, which is a good result for AMD in the current climate, as the 6700 XT is much cheaper. Based on current Newegg prices, the 6700 XT is down to $490, while the 3060 Ti is $590.
The 6750 XT is expected to settle for $570, at least based on current prices, putting it very close to the 3060 Ti in terms of pricing and in this example it is 8% faster. Compared to the RTX 3070, it’s only 2% slower, but we estimate it’s about 19% cheaper, so a great result for AMD in today’s market.
That said, it’s only 7% faster than the 6700 XT, so that 15% price increase is a bit rough, honestly, your best bet is to just overclock the 6700 XT, which basically all AMDs are.
The GeForce GPUs do better at 1440p and here the 6750 XT can only do the 3060 Ti, making the RTX 3070 13% faster. Perhaps most disappointingly, the refresh is only 4% faster than the 6700 XT.
At 4K, the margins change again, the 6750 XT is 8% faster than the 6700 XT, which we think is the best case scenario. It again matched the RTX 3060 Ti, but this time it was only 5% slower than the RTX 3070.
Next up we have Watch Dogs: Legion and the 6750 XT here is very impressive compared to the GeForce competition, although quite disappointing compared to the 6700 XT as it was only 4% faster. A poor result compared to what it’s refreshing, but great compared to the RTX 3070 as it was 22% faster.
That margin was reduced to 1440p, yet the 6750 XT was 13% faster than the RTX 3070, which is an excellent result considering how much cheaper this GPU is. Of course it’s a bit heavy to pay 15% more for the 6750 XT than for the 6700 XT, as it was only 5% faster.
As usual, Nvidia’s Ampere architecture is much better utilized at 4K, while the opposite is true for RNDA2, which limits bandwidth. As a result, the RTX 3070 now matches the 6750 XT. The 6750 XT was 6% faster than the 6700 XT.
Moving on to Shadow of the Tomb Raider, we find that the 6750 XT at 1080p was good for 139 fps, making it 7% faster than the 6700 XT for what essentially amounts to RTX 3070 performance.
At 1440p, the 6750 XT managed a 9% margin over the 6700 XT and that allowed it to stick with the RTX 3070, which, as we mentioned earlier, is a good result for AMD at current prices.
Moving on to 4K, the RTX 3070 can catch up with the 6750 XT by a 5% margin and is now comparable to the RTX 3060 Ti and only 8% faster than the original 6700 XT.
The Outer Worlds has been added to the list of games for the first day, as this title strikes a balance between what is now the 11 game preview to better reflect the margins between competing AMD and Nvidia products during our massive 50 game tests.
Like many Unreal Engine 4 titles, this one favors GeForce GPUs and we see this because even the RTX 3060 Ti is faster than the 6750 XT, which was only 7% faster than the original 6700 XT.
The move to 1440p favors the GeForce GPUs even more and now the 6750 XT is 6% slower than the RTX 3060 Ti and 14% slower than the RTX 3070. Meanwhile, it was 7% faster than the 6700 XT, and where we have come to expect miniscule profits.
At 4K, the GeForce GPUs pull further and now the 6750 XT is 7% slower than the RTX 3060 Ti and 18% slower than the RTX 3070. Unfortunately, the faster GDDR6 memory didn’t help much as we see a 4% boost over of the 6700XT.
At this point, we’ve fleshed out the 6750 XT if we hadn’t already done so with a quick look at the specs. So we close with F1 2021. At 1080p, the 6750 XT was only 5% slower than the RTX 3070 and 7% faster than the 6700 XT and RTX 3060 Ti.
Then at 1440p it was 7% slower than the RTX 3070, 3% faster than the 3060 Ti and 9% faster than the 6700 XT.
The 4K results are a bit of a blast and now even the RTX 3060 Ti is a tad faster than the 6750 XT, while the RTX 3070 is 20% faster. Meanwhile, the 6750 XT was only 5% faster than the original version.
A quick look at the total power consumption shows that the 6700 XT boosted consumption to 336 watts, meaning the 6750 XT increased system consumption by 13%, which is significant considering the single-digit performance gains just observed.
The result isn’t surprising, though, as AMD overclocks the 6750 XT outside its efficiency window. Compared to the RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 3070, the power consumption of the 6750 XT is still reasonable.
Performance-wise, the Radeon RX 6750 XT looks good compared to the RTX 3060 Ti and 3070 in the few games we just reviewed, but sitting next to the 6700 XT wasn’t exactly exciting. To get a better idea of how they stack up, let’s take a look at our 11-game average…
Starting with 1080p average data, the 6750 XT comes out 6% faster than the 6700 XT, which isn’t great considering the 15% price increase. Inserted into a graph, the result itself looks good, as it is slightly faster than the much more expensive RTX 3070 and only slightly slower than the RTX 3070 Ti, which is even more expensive.
That said, the 6700 XT is clearly a better value considering the MSRP, but it’s also a better value as you can just overclock it yourself for 6750 XT performance.
Increasing the resolution to 1440p gives the 6750 XT and RTX 3070 neck and neck, and the updated model is 5% faster than the original.
Back then, the 6750 XT was 6% faster than the 6700 XT at 4K and that meant it was now 6% slower than the RTX 3070.
Cost per frame
First we look at an MSRP equation, for fun for this tells us nothing. If this generation of GPUs were sold at MSRP, there would be some interesting matchups…
The RTX 3060 Ti would be the bee’s knees for value buyers, coming in at just $4.54 per frame according to our 11 game data, making it 17% cheaper per frame than the 6600 XT and 13% cheaper than the 6700 XT. But at the higher end of the market, the RX 6800 and 6800 XT would have looked pretty good, with the 6800 XT offering a 12% discount per frame compared to the RTX 3080.
But none of these prizes are really on store shelves. We thought they were worth showing though, because MSRP vs reality (a moving target) is a pretty interesting comparison…
If we look at the typical prices we see now at Newegg, we see that Radeon GPUs occupy the top of the chart, while the GeForce GPUs usually occupy the bottom half, quite a stark contrast.
Of the GPUs compared in this review, the standout is the 6700 XT, costing just $5.32 per frame, making it a whopping 21% cheaper than the 3060 Ti and 26% cheaper than the RTX 3070. That’s a huge cost saving.
The 6750 XT sends AMD back a bit, increasing the cost per frame by 10%. That’s not great, but the 6750 XT is still 12% cheaper per frame compared to the RTX 3060 Ti, and 19% cheaper than the RTX 3070. We think just over 10% makes the Radeon GPUs a viable option makes in the face of much weaker ray tracing performance and less mature scaling technology.
In terms of cooling performance of the Sapphire and MSI models we have on hand, the MSI 6750 XT Gaming X Trio is a triple fan model peaking at just 66°C with a fan speed of 1350 RPM, making it a cool and silent model. The cores typically clocked at 2680 MHz, which is generally a good result.
The Sapphire 6750 XT Nitro+ was slightly better, peak temperature dropped to 63C with a fan speed of 1250 RPM, and on top of that the cores had a higher clock frequency of 2720 MHz. The Nitro+ also has dual BIOS, which is a great feature on $300+ graphics cards.
What we learned
The Radeon RX 6750 XT is a disappointing launch next to what AMD already had on the market. It’s essentially the same GPU with a small factory overclock that makes for a small speed gain, and then there’s the price increase.
AMD fans will argue about inflation, higher shipping costs, and so on, and we are aware of those factors. Our point is simply that this new release offers you nothing, or certainly nothing that you could not have achieved before with the 6700 XT and a little OC know-how.
However, from AMD’s perspective, it’s clear why they do this. Even with the 15% price increase, the 6750 XT still offers competitive value over Nvidia retail GPUs, and with Nvidia still able to easily outperform AMD, they might as well increase profit margins as it’s unlikely to. will further deter sales.
AMD assures us that the delivery of the 6700 XT will not be affected and that those models will continue to sell as they were, meaning they are just giving gamers more options with the 6750 XT. If that’s true, it’s a non-issue. However, we’re not sure we believe AMD when they say: 6700XT will last and be sold at a lower price, there’s no point in them doing that, but we think we’ll see how that plays out with time.
At the time of writing, the Radeon 6750 XT at $570 appears to be a much better deal than the RTX3070 for $700, and possibly a better deal than the RTX 3060 Ti at $590 depending on where you stand on ray tracing and DLSS, although we should note that the former isn’t great at these performance levels. Finally, we’ll make it clear that we don’t even recommend that you consider the 6750 XT for $570, the 6700XT for $490 is a much better deal and a much better buy than even the RTX 3060†
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