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AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Flagship Big Navi Graphics Card Launches For $999 United States, Right here’s Where To Buy

Today is the day when the last and the meatiest of the Big Navi GPUs, the AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT launches and hits the retail segment. Featuring the Navi 21 XTX chip, the RX 6900 XT is an insane powerhouse of a graphics card that puts AMD back in the ultra-enthusiast performance segment.

MD Radeon RX 6900 XT, The Flagship Big Navi GPU Is Finally Here & Here’s Where You Can Buy It

The AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT is the fastest GPU that the red team will have ever produced. It aims for the ultra-enthusiast segment and is directly competing against NVIDIA’s flagship GeForce RTX 3090. The main difference between both cards aside from their vastly different specs is that the RX 6900 XT features a price of $999 US whereas the GeForce RTX 3090 features a price tag of $1499 US.

Note – We will be posting more links once the retail listings for the RX 6900 XT go live.

AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT (Reference Model) – $999 US (Amazon)AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT (Reference Model) – $999 US (Newegg)AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT (Reference Model) – $999 US (Best Buy)AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT (Reference Model) – $999 US (B&H)AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT (Reference Model) – $999 US (AMD)

MD RX 6900 XT “Big Navi 21 XT” GPU Powered 16 GB Graphics Card

The AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT will come packed with the Navi 21 XTX GPU which is the fully enabled die featuring 80 Compute Units or 5120 SPs. The card will also feature 16 GB of GDDR6 memory across a 256-bit bus interface, a 512 GB/s total bandwidth, and clock speeds of 2015 MHz base and 2250 MHz boost at reference specs. There are also 80 Ray accelerators for ray-tracing enablement on the graphics cards (one RA per Compute Unit). The graphics card will feature a TBP of 300W.

In addition to the standard memory, the Radeon RX 6900 XT graphics card will also feature 128 MB of Infinity Cache on the GPU die. The cache will help boost bandwidth for higher performance at resolutions beyond 1080p HD. The 128 MB Infinity Cache boosts the standard 512 GB/s bandwidth by 3.25x, delivering an effective bandwidth of up to 1.664 TB/s across all Big Navi GPU based graphics cards.

MD Radeon RX 6000 Series “RDNA 2” Graphics Card Lineup:

Graphics CardAMD Radeon RX 6700AMD Radeon RX 6700 XTAMD Radeon RX 6800AMD Radeon RX 6800 XTAMD Radeon RX 6900 XTGPUNavi 22 (XL?)Navi 22 (XT?)Navi 21 XLNavi 21 XTNavi 21 XTXProcess Node7nm7nm7nm7nm7nmTransistorsTBATBA26.8 Billion26.8 Billion26.8 BillionCompute UnitsTBA40607280Stream ProcessorsTBA2560384046085120TMUs/ROPsTBATBA240 / 96288 / 128320 / 128Game ClockTBATBA1815 MHz2015 MHz2015 MHzBoost ClockTBATBA2105 MHz2250 MHz2250 MHzFP32 TFLOPsTBATBA16.17 TFLOPs20.74 TFLOPs23.04 TFLOPsMemory Size12 GB GDDR612 GB GDDR616 GB GDDR6 +128 MB Infinity Cache16 GB GDDR6 +128 MB Infinity Cache16 GB GDDR6 +128 MB Infinity CacheMemory Bus192-bit192-bit256-bit256-bit256-bitMemory Clock14 Gbps?16 Gbps?16 Gbps16 Gbps16 GbpsBandwidth320 GB/s384 GB/s512 GB/s512 GB/s512 GB/sTDPTBATBA250W300W300WPriceTBATBA$579 US$649 US$999 US

With all said, both the RTX 3090 and RX 6900 XT do have their own advantages. To name a few, the RX 6900 XT should offer higher efficiency, better rasterization performance, and comes with Infinity Cache and SAM support which helps deliver higher frame rates. NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3090 on the other hand offers insane content creation performance, 24 GB of GDDR6X memory (8 GB more vs RX 6900 XT’s 16 GB), and features faster and better-looking ray-tracing effects.

As such, the AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT could end up sitting comfortably ahead of the RTX 3090 at higher resolutions and this is just one title. With the RX 6800 XT, we saw that the card gave the RTX 3080 a hard time and even came close to the RTX 3090. The RX 6900 XT with its higher number of cores and a maximum clock limit of 3 GHz should surpass the RX 6800 XT with ease.

Overall, it will be good competition from AMD, and overclocking-wise, the RX 6900 XT is going to knock the pants off the RTX 3090 but expect the card to be sold out within minutes of launch since its a very niche and high-end product with limited quantities as we have heard from several global retailers. The Radeon RX 6900 XT will also be receiving custom treatment from all major AIBs as we have already seen models from ASUS and ASRock.

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Apple Preparing Monster 32 Core HEDT CPU To Get The x86 Market, Home Grown Discrete GPUs In The Works Too

Apple’s M1 CPU is a very impressive 15W part and while it is certainly the fastest low power processor, it is nowhere near the fastest when compared to high-end x86 silicon from AMD and Intel. According to a recent report by Bloomberg (fair warning, this is the same publication that posted ‘the big hack’ story about a tiny and practically unfeasible Chinese chip which was never proven or retracted) Apple is currently working on a processor that should obliterate even the fastest x86 CPUs from Intel and AMD.

pple allegedly preparing 32-core HEDT CPU to replace Intel, 128-core discrete GPU to replace AMD

All that said, the name of Bloomberg still means something so we will not be marking this as a rumor and I do personally believe this will very well turn out to be true. This would make for a very very interesting couple of years in the next decade as Apple – a company bursting with cash and the first-priority arrangement with TSMC – enters the high-performance computing ring and attempts to do something no other ARM-based company has ever succeeded at.

Apple has already announced its intentions to start moving away from the x86 ecosystem and this is something we believe is in the best interest of the company considering the x86 champion is asleep at the wheel. According to the Bloomberg report, the company is already working on a 8-core (the M1 is 4+4), 12-core, and 16-core mainstream CPU part which should be rolled out soon enough.

But that’s not it, the company is also working on a 32-core HEDT part that will likely be featured in its Mac Pro series – which currently features Intel’s 28-core parts. Keep in mind, we are assuming that their desktop chips will have big cores and it could also turn out that there are small cores in the core count as well (although I would consider that unlikely).

On the GPU side, Apple is using AMD’s discrete GPUs and reportedly plans to phase them out as well with their in-house silicon. The home-grown GPU will have up to128 cores and will replace the Radeon designs currently being used. 16 and 32 core parts for mobile and 64 core parts for desktop are already in active development and will be significantly faster than the Radeon GPUs they replace.

Here is why Apple will very likely succeed in this effort

One of the major reasons why ARM-based competitors have never been successful in the past is because Intel has historically enjoyed a node lead of roughly 1.5 to 2 years over the entire industry. This not only boosts the performance of the underlying architecture but also makes it very hard to compete. Fortunately (or unfortunately depending on whose side you are on), Intel’s lead has not only ended but the company is actually lagging slightly behind TSMC right now. Keep in mind the marketing names of the processes mean nothing, if you look at the fin pitch and gate pitch, TSMC’s 7nm process is roughly equal to Intel’s 10nm. But 5nm is a full node advantage over the company’s 10nm process (which isn’t even fully out of the gate I might add).

AMD has to rely on TSMC but the latter does not give it first priority treatment and it always gets more affordable levels of nodes (N+1) when compared to Apple – which usually gets the latest and greatest. This means that as far as nodes go, and considering the pile of cash they are sitting on, Apple has it pretty much in the bag. Nothing short of a complete miracle will stop Apple from retaining its process advantage over the next half-decade.

The second major reason is that of clock speeds. One major reason why x86 has (historically) always fared well in high-performance tasks (and conversely not been very good at low power tasks) is that it can sustain very high clock speeds without any leakage. With Intel struggling to keep up and AMD CPU design focusing on IPC rather than clock speeds, the door is wide open for an IPC-centric competitor to take Intel and AMD’s figurative lunch. Based on the current trajectory, and if this report turns out to be true, a 32-core Apple CPU that can clock even remotely close to the M1 should essentially destroy 32-core parts from Intel and AMD.

We do expect Apple to easily be able to create GPUs with higher perf/watt than the AMD Radeon designs currently being used – which are mostly part of the mid-end spectrum.

Here is why Apple might not succeed in this effort

Now let’s discuss factors that might impede Apple’s seemingly unstoppable path to domination. Keep in mind, however, that I consider this a low probability scenario but all facts of the case are being presented for completion. Intel has previously stated that their 7nm process will be on track by the end of 2021. Considering the company has historically slipped on every single process announcement we have very little confidence in this statement, unfortunately.

But on the off chance and by some miracle, Intel is able to complete the shift to EUV by 2022 and is able to achieve good yields on 7nm, then their lagging factor will disappear overnight. This will make the company’s processor much much more competitive overnight. To give you an example, the company’s 10nm based TigerLake CPU actually beats the Apple M1 in single-threaded results in Cinebench – something no other x86 processor has been able to pull off.

On the other hand, if AMD’s next generation of Zen processors are able to achieve very high clock speeds (which once again, we do not see happening because that is not their design philosophy), they will be able to hold the fort against Apple’s HEDT efforts even with a 1 node disadvantage. The least likely scenario (in our opinion) that can benefit the x86 market is if AMD is able to get node-parity with Apple parts from TSMC (for context, Apple is on 5nm while AMD is on 7nm).

The GPU side of the story, however, is completely different. Based on current information, we do not expect Apple’s 128-core part to be competitive with NVIDIA or even AMD’s high end (but it should be able to easily replace the ones Apple is currently using). Considering Apple’s GPUs will be made for their own platform and unlike AMD/NVIDIA will likely actually be available to purchase, it makes little difference in the end whether Apple can beat AMD and NVIDIA’s flagships. We also expect NVIDIA and AMD’s Radeon side to be in a significantly better position to defend market share than Intel and AMD’s Ryzen side right now.

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The globe’s biggest organism – Alex Rosenthal

Discover the world’s largest organism: Pando, an enormous and ancient quaking aspen, and find out how it became so huge.

The largest animal in the world is the blue whale, which weighs a massive 150 metric tons. Even so, it’s not remotely close to being the largest organism by weight. That title goes to an organism so huge that it’s estimated to weigh the equivalent of 40 blue whales. So what is this behemoth? And… where is it? Alex Rosenthal shares the story of the enormous and ancient Pando.

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AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Flagship Big Navi Graphics Cards Detailed By AIBs, Introduces Tomorrow In Extremely Limited Amounts

AMD’s flagship Big Navi graphics card, the Radeon RX 6900 XT, launches tomorrow and AIBs have started listing the product at their official websites. The Radeon RX 6900 XT is an ultra-enthusiast graphics card designed to compete against the GeForce RTX 3090 at a price tag of $999 US that is $500 US lower than its competitor.

MD Radeon RX 6900 XT Big Navi Flagship Graphics Card Listed By AIBs, Very Limited Supply As Per Retailers

The AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT is a return to the enthusiast segment and as such, the graphics card is going to take on NVIDIA’s fastest Ampere based offering, the GeForce RTX 3090. The RX 6900 XT is a reference model for launch but there are multiple reports that have suggested custom variants will arrive later on.

Since the card is a reference only design, all AIB models are going to look the same with the only difference being the packaging which will be specific to each vendor. The card will feature a triple-fan cooling solution which will be incorporated in a shroud that measures up to 2.5 slots. The AIB reference design looks great and comes with LED lights on the sides which light up the Radeon brand logo. The card will be powered by dual 8-pin connectors and feature the standard display configuration of a single HDMI, two DisplayPort, and a single USB Type-C output. As for pricing, all reference cards have an MSRP of $999 US.

MD RX 6900 XT “Big Navi 21 XTX” GPU Powered 16 GB Graphics Card

The AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT will come packed with the Navi 21 XTX GPU which is the fully enabled die featuring 80 Compute Units or 5120 SPs. The card will also feature 16 GB of GDDR6 memory across a 256-bit bus interface, a 512 GB/s total bandwidth, and clock speeds of 2015 MHz base and 2250 MHz boost at reference specs. There are also 80 Ray accelerators for ray-tracing enablement on the graphics cards (one RA per Compute Unit). The graphics card will feature a TBP of 300W.

In addition to the standard memory, the Radeon RX 6900 XT graphics card will also feature 128 MB of Infinity Cache on the GPU die. The cache will help boost bandwidth for higher performance at resolutions beyond 1080p HD. The 128 MB Infinity Cache boosts the standard 512 GB/s bandwidth by 3.25x, delivering an effective bandwidth of up to 1.664 TB/s across all Big Navi GPU based graphics cards.

MD Radeon RX 6000 Series “RDNA 2” Graphics Card Lineup:

Graphics CardAMD Radeon RX 6700AMD Radeon RX 6700 XTAMD Radeon RX 6800AMD Radeon RX 6800 XTAMD Radeon RX 6900 XTGPUNavi 22 (XL?)Navi 22 (XT?)Navi 21 XLNavi 21 XTNavi 21 XTXProcess Node7nm7nm7nm7nm7nmTransistorsTBATBA26.8 Billion26.8 Billion26.8 BillionCompute UnitsTBA40607280Stream ProcessorsTBA2560384046085120TMUs/ROPsTBATBA240 / 96288 / 128320 / 128Game ClockTBATBA1815 MHz2015 MHz2015 MHzBoost ClockTBATBA2105 MHz2250 MHz2250 MHzFP32 TFLOPsTBATBA16.17 TFLOPs20.74 TFLOPs23.04 TFLOPsMemory Size12 GB GDDR612 GB GDDR616 GB GDDR6 +128 MB Infinity Cache16 GB GDDR6 +128 MB Infinity Cache16 GB GDDR6 +128 MB Infinity CacheMemory Bus192-bit192-bit256-bit256-bit256-bitMemory Clock14 Gbps?16 Gbps?16 Gbps16 Gbps16 GbpsBandwidth320 GB/s384 GB/s512 GB/s512 GB/s512 GB/sTDPTBATBA250W300W300WPriceTBATBA$579 US$649 US$999 US

MD RX 6900 XT “Big Navi 21 XTX” Very Limited Availability at Launch

As for availability, well don’t expect it to be any better than the Radeon RX 6800 series cards. As per Swiss retailer, Digitec (via Videocardz), they are expecting around 35 units tomorrow at launch. The number isn’t confirmed but the supply is so limited that the retailer is selecting customers through a lucky draw in which only those who participate and follow the instructions that include pressing a button on specific product pages will be getting the chance to purchase an AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT graphics card.

Today, December 4th, we learned that we will be receiving 35 AMD RX 6900 XTs in a reference design. Delivery dates are currently still unknown. Just as with the AMD Radeon 6800, there won’t be enough cards to go around.

Yannick Cejka, Digitec.ch

Both the reference and custom Radeon RX 6800 series launches have been a mess with cards going out of stock within minutes of being listed online. AMD and its partners have stated on countless occasions that they are trying their best to avoid unsatisfactory availability of its GPU lineup and even went as far as to say that it won’t be a paper launch of any sorts however every launch makes it seem more like it was rushed with no supply to fulfill the demand. Once again, tomorrow, only a lucky few will be able to get the cards before they all go out of stock so expect proper availability by 2021.

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Wccftech Vacation Present Overview– Ideas For The Streamer That Has Everything

Every gift guide you’ll find this year will have a huge number of headsets, keyboards, mice, and other accessories for a gamer of every age and platform preference. We wanted to take a moment to look at some gifts that will truly be something that a gamer never knew they wanted! There’s a lot of RGB-enabled stuff on this year’s gift guide but with so many gamers shifting into online streaming, they certainly could use some decorations to spice up their streaming backdrops!

Droplabs EP01

Chances are, the gamer you’re shopping for already has a headset in mind for their console of choice (and if not, definitely check out our gift guide for 5 perfect headsets!). One gift they certainly won’t be expecting is a pair of shoes that can link together with their music and gaming for a whole body sensory experience. The Droplabs EP01 are a fantastic pair of shoes with embedded speakers that react in sync with whatever you’re listening to, whether you’re listening to music, watching a Michael Bay film or playing a game on the go. These sync together with any Bluetooth 4.2 capable device, or with an optional $24 Low-Latency Sync Cable, can be hooked up in line with anything that offers a 3.5mm cable. With compatibility with most VR headsets, both next-gen consoles, and so much more, the possibilities are endless.

Price: $299.99

Selk’bag Lite 6G

Move over 5G, 6G is the new must-have tech addition for gamers. Depending on where you live in the world, winter will soon be approaching and that means you’re going to need some way to stay warm when your hot streak starts coming to an end. As the winter months are starting to roll in here in Ohio, I’ve been using the Selk’bag Lite 6G for a few weeks and despite looking like the strange crossbreed between a sauna suit and a Snuggie, it’s been insanely comfortable to just lounge around and get some late night Black Ops matches in. If the world was in the right state for midnight launches for the new consoles, this is the kind of outfit I’d wear to make it through the cold hours. It even comes with removeable booties if you want to wear the Selk’bag Lite 6G around the house and not get cold feet!

Price: $99.99

Razer Kraken BT Kitty Edition

Razer’s mantra of installing RGB on every device they make certainly hasn’t missed their line of headsets. Their Kraken headsets for PC were a huge hit when they launched with online influencers and they even released a set of clip-on cat ears to accessorize the popular gaming headset. Now, Razer has combined their love for pink cats and RGB together in a unique headset that puts those cheap Brookstone models to shame. The Razer Kraken BT edition headset is a comfortable Bluetooth gaming headset that features two internal beamforming mics for clear voice chat on streams as well as up to 50 hours of battery life (20+ if you opt to leave the RGB lighting on for the cat ears and earcups). The headset also features a low latency gaming mode if mobile gaming is your passion and you don’t want to miss an enemy sneaking up on you.

Price: $99.99

Twinkly Smart Decorations

Continuing the trend of RGB lighting for gamers, Twinkly has recently launched a set of sound-reactive curtain lights that can make for a great backdrop for Twitch streams or even around the house for those small group get-togethers this Holiday season. The new Twinkly Music USB dongle can even take any music source and provide a reactive backdrop to your holiday parties or Twitch streams. With Razer Chroma RGB integration, the Twinkly suite of smart lighting can loop in together with your Chroma-enabled keyboards, mice, and even those RGB Kraken BT Kitty headphones above.

Price: $54.99-199.99, $29.99 for Music attachment

Corsair iCue LT100

If the gamer in your life can spare some extra desk space and wants to turn their whole gaming setup into an audio-visual centerpiece, Logitech has some mood lighting that’s perfect for the occasion. The iCue LT100 smart lighting towers can be placed anywhere and link up to four towers together for some awesome ambient lighting. Each tower comes with 46 addressable RGB LEDs that can synchronize with the whole computer system via the iCue software, react to audio, and even extend beyond what’s happening onscreen either beside the display or behind it for bias lighting. The $129.99 starter kit comes with everything you need to set up two LT100 towers while additional expansion towers can be purchased for $59.99 each.

Price: $129.99

Garmin Instinct Esports Watch

Normally I wouldn’t consider a watch to be gaming gear unless it can do something unique when it comes to gaming. Many modern smartwatches offer biometric readouts to analyze your heart rate and stress but they typically don’t give you an easy way to access that information especially if you’re in the middle of a high stakes Warzone match. Garmin’s Esports edition of the Instinct line of smartwatches remedies that with the inclusion of their STR3EAMUP! software. Through integration with OBS and other streaming software, gamers can add in their stress level, heart rate, and other biometric data into their online streams and even trigger events and overlays if their stress reaches a certain point. The Esports features aren’t limited to just streaming either; gamers can use the various biometric trackers to analyze their training routines (including real workout routines and not just some CoD bot matches) to train smarter, not harder.

Price: $299.99

Need other gift recommendations? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll seek out other items to focus in our holiday gift guides. When all else fails, a gift card for Steam, PlayStation Network, Nintendo eShop or the Microsoft Store all make excellent stocking stuffers when you know what console the gamer in your life plays on but don’t want to accidentally purchase them the wrong version of Call of Duty.

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Wccftech Vacation Gift Guide– Five Pc Gaming Headsets Perfect For Next-Gen

Part of the joy of new console ownership is getting some new accessories to enjoy with the brand new games. With both consoles supporting 3.5mm headsets attached to the wireless controller, gamers will still be able to use their existing headsets if they own a set that they’re too attached to give up. For those that enjoy the pleasure of unwrapping a new gift and upgrading every part of their gaming experience, we’re highlighting five wireless headsets that each have their own strengths to check out. Three of the five headsets we’re showcasing have both PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S|X versions, so please make sure which console you’re planning to have underneath the Christmas tree before you buy. These are Wccftech’s top five headset picks for next generation consoles.

Astro A20

The Astro A20’s released only a short two months ago and offer a feature that’s unique against every other headset on this list: one pair of Astro A20’s can be used wireless across both PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S|X. You’ll need a second USB transmitter for the other platform but Astro has these available for $20 on their web store. In other improvements versus the 2017 A20 model, Astro has increased the wireless range to a substantial 50 feet, changed the charging port to a standard USB Type-C connection, and a redesigned earcup that’s more comfortable for those with glasses.

Price $119.99

Where to Buy Amazon, Best Buy: PS5, Xbox Series S|X

Audeze Penrose

If you’re looking for the highest quality audio for your gaming and cinema watching on these next-generation consoles, the Audeze Penrose and Audeze Penrose X should be on your shopping list. The planar magnetic drivers give Audeze’s premium headset a unique edge over any other headset you’ll find for Xbox Series X. As a two-channel headset, the Penrose and Penrose X (the only difference is the console platform, so there’s a chance you could get the corresponding USB dongle and make it work on the other console but we have not been able to test this) will work natively with both Sony’s Tempest Audiotech as well as DTS-X and Dolby Atmos. These headsets were delayed until just recently, so if you’ve been curious about picking one up for yourself or a friend, you might have seen them sold out online.

Price $299.99

Where to Buy Amazon Penrose (PS5), Penrose X (S|X), Audeze

Razer Kaira Pro

Razer’s newest console headset is only available for the Microsoft family of Xbox consoles. However, it does have the unique addition of being completely wireless on the Xbox Series S|X. Because of the new Xbox Wireless support, gamers can enjoy using the Razer Kaira Pro on their new Xbox console without worrying about taking up one of the console’s USB ports with a wireless dongle. And with the Bluetooth 5.0 support, gamers can take their gaming on the go and continue playing their games on Xbox Game Pass for Android. The Razer Kaira Pro also features a detachable HyperClear Supercardoid Mic for crystal-clear voice chat when playing at home as well as a built-in mobile microphone when you don’t want the extra attachment getting in your way. This headset even features Razer Chroma in the earcups if you want a little little extra flair to your gaming.

Price $149.99

Where to buy Razer

Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2

Turtle Beach’s next generation headset was among one of my favorite new entries from the long-running headset maker when I reviewed the pair earlier this year. With simultaneous inputs supported for both wireless audio (via USB dongle) and Bluetooth 5.0, you can enjoy console gaming while listening to your favorite music without having to fuss with the Spotify app for consoles. These are another pair of headphones that are highly comfortable for those of us that wear glasses thanks to the ProSpec inserts in the earcups. If the simultaneous Bluetooth audio isn’t something you’re looking for in a headset and don’t mind a plastic frame, the Stealth 600 Gen 2 ($99.99) are a more budget-friendly set of headphones that will still carry you into the next console generation

Price $149.99

Where to buy Amazon PS5, Xbox Series S|X

HyperX Cloud II Wireless

While this year’s HyperX headset is the simplest headset on this list, don’t let the lack of next-generation features confuse you. With a 30-hour battery life, the Cloud II Wireless headset will last you through an all-night Zombies bender in Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War and then some. This comfortable headset also features an aluminum frame that can withstand a surprising amount of pressure, perfect for those that might be prone to sitting on their headsets or knocking them off a table. I personally found to be among the most comfortable headset in this gift guide for those with a larger sized head with the frame easily stretching out to put on without worry. The Cloud II Wireless also features a detachable microphone as well as built-in mic monitoring so you can instantly tell if you’re getting a little too rowdy for the group chat.

Price $149.99

Where to buy HyperX

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AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Flagship Big Navi Graphics Card Efficiency Benchmark Leaks Out in Ashes of The Singularity

AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT graphics card ‘flagship Big Navi GPU’ benchmark was spotted within the Ashes of The Singularity database by TUM_APISAK. The graphics card which launches two days from now will feature the full-fat Big Navi GPU configuration & compete against NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3090 for $500 US less.

MD Radeon RX 6900 XT Flagship Big Navi GPU Benchmark Leaks Out Again, Almost As Fast As The GeForce RTX 3090 For $500 US Less

The AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT is the fastest GPU that the red team will have ever produced. It aims for the ultra-enthusiast segment and is directly competing against NVIDIA’s flagship GeForce RTX 3090. The main difference between both cards aside from their vastly different specs is that the RX 6900 XT features a price of $999 US whereas the GeForce RTX 3090 features a price tag of $1499 US.

These are official MSRPs and given all the supply issues affecting AMD and NVIDIA GPUs, it will be hard to find the cards at those prices and that is even if you can find a graphics card. But AMD does have the price advantage over the RTX 3090 so it should all come down to performance.

AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT AOTS Benchmark Result (Image Credits: Videocardz):

AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Flagship Big Navi GPU Based Graphics Card Benchmark Leak

The Ashes of The Singularity benchmark was tested with the AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT with a Core i7-8700K CPU and 32 GB of DDR4 memory. The Crazy preset was selected and a 1080p resolution was used. This in no way should tax the GPU but regardless, the RX 6900 XT scored 102.1 FPS. The RTX 3090 scored a slightly higher 105.4 FPS. This shows that the RTX 3090 is 3.33% faster than the RX 6900 XT. The RX 6800 XT is also shown to offer the same performance at 102.0 FPS which could mean that the benchmark is underutilizing these cards at 1080p. Only cards of a lower-tier such as the RX 6800 and RTX 3070 show a bigger difference here.

MD Radeon RX 6900 XT Ashes of The Singularity Benchmark Comparison:

Graphics CardOverall Score (Crazy 1080p Preset)Average FPSNVIDIA GeForce RTX 309010400105.4NVIDIA GeForce RTX 308010300104.0AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT10100102.1AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT10100102.0

With all said, both the RTX 3090 and RX 6800 XT do have their own advantages. To name a few, the RX 6800 XT should offer higher efficiency, better rasterization performance, and comes with Infinity Cache and SAM support which helps deliver higher frame rates. NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3090 on the other hand offers insane content creation performance, 24 GB of GDDR6X memory (8 GB more vs RX 6900 XT’s 16 GB), and features faster and better-looking ray-tracing effects.

As such, the AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT could end up sitting comfortably ahead of the RTX 3090 at higher resolutions and this is just one title. With the RX 6800 XT, we saw that the card gave the RTX 3080 a hard time and even came close to the RTX 3090. The RX 6900 XT with its higher number of cores and a maximum clock limit of 3 GHz should surpass the RX 6800 XT with ease.

MD RX 6900 XT “Big Navi 21 XT” GPU Powered 16 GB Graphics Card

The AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT will come packed with the Navi 21 XTX GPU which is the fully enabled die featuring 80 Compute Units or 5120 SPs. The card will also feature 16 GB of GDDR6 memory across a 256-bit bus interface, a 512 GB/s total bandwidth, and clock speeds of 2015 MHz base and 2250 MHz boost at reference specs. There are also 80 Ray accelerators for ray-tracing enablement on the graphics cards (one RA per Compute Unit). The graphics card will feature a TBP of 300W.

In addition to the standard memory, the Radeon RX 6900 XT graphics card will also feature 128 MB of Infinity Cache on the GPU die. The cache will help boost bandwidth for higher performance at resolutions beyond 1080p HD. The 128 MB Infinity Cache boosts the standard 512 GB/s bandwidth by 3.25x, delivering an effective bandwidth of up to 1.664 TB/s across all Big Navi GPU based graphics cards.

MD Radeon RX 6000 Series “RDNA 2” Graphics Card Lineup:

Graphics CardAMD Radeon RX 6700AMD Radeon RX 6700 XTAMD Radeon RX 6800AMD Radeon RX 6800 XTAMD Radeon RX 6900 XTGPUNavi 22 (XL?)Navi 22 (XT?)Navi 21 XLNavi 21 XTNavi 21 XTXProcess Node7nm7nm7nm7nm7nmTransistorsTBATBA26.8 Billion26.8 Billion26.8 BillionCompute UnitsTBA40607280Stream ProcessorsTBA2560384046085120TMUs/ROPsTBATBA240 / 96288 / 128320 / 128Game ClockTBATBA1815 MHz2015 MHz2015 MHzBoost ClockTBATBA2105 MHz2250 MHz2250 MHzFP32 TFLOPsTBATBA16.17 TFLOPs20.74 TFLOPs23.04 TFLOPsMemory Size12 GB GDDR612 GB GDDR616 GB GDDR6 +128 MB Infinity Cache16 GB GDDR6 +128 MB Infinity Cache16 GB GDDR6 +128 MB Infinity CacheMemory Bus192-bit192-bit256-bit256-bit256-bitMemory Clock14 Gbps?16 Gbps?16 Gbps16 Gbps16 GbpsBandwidth320 GB/s384 GB/s512 GB/s512 GB/s512 GB/sTDPTBATBA250W300W300WPriceTBATBA$579 US$649 US$999 US

Overall, it will be good competition from AMD, and overclocking-wise, the RX 6900 XT is going to knock the pants off the RTX 3090 but expect the card to be sold out within minutes of launch since its a very niche and high-end product with limited quantities as we have heard from our sources.

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AMD Radeon RX GPUs Witnessed Market Share Gain Versus NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs in Q3 2020, RDNA 2

The latest AIB and GPU market share reports from research analyst, Jon Peddie, are out at JPR which show AMD’s Radeon RX GPUs gaining market share compared to NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX lineup in the third quarter of 2020.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs Hold Dominant Position With a 77% Discrete GPU Market Share While AMD Radeon RX GPUs Start Gaining Back Lost Ground

First up, we have the overall GPU report which shows that shipments for PC GPUs increased by 10.3% from the previous quarter. Despite the ongoing global pandemic (COVID-19), gamers are investing more savings towards PC hardware and peripherals, keeping the market vibrant and lively. Since most gamers and even regular consumers have nothing else to do, they are buying more gaming hardware to spend their time enjoying at home & this has driven unprecedented amounts of PC hardware and peripherals sales in the segment.

As per the report, GPU makers also saw increased shipments with AMD’s shipments increasing 18.7%, NVIDIA’s shipments increasing 10.8% and Intel’s shipments increasing 7.8% compared to the previous quarter. This led to AMD’s market share climbing by 1.3%, NVIDIA’s market share by 0.09%, and Intel’s market share slightly declining by -1.4%. The overall GPU market share stands at 62% for Intel, and 19% for both AMD & NVIDIA.

“The AIB market reached $14.8 billion last year,” said Dr. Jon Peddie. “We forecast it to be $20.3 billion by 2023. Intel entered the OEM AIB market in Q4’20. The company will introduce a consumer AIB by Q2’21. Since 1981, 2,077 million AIBs have shipped.”

via Jon Peddie Research

Quick highlights (Overall GPU Shipments)

AMD’s overall unit shipments increased by 18.7% quarter-to-quarter, Intel’s total shipments rose by 7.8% from the last quarter, and Nvidia’s increased 10.8%.The GPU’s overall attach rate (which includes integrated and discrete GPUs, desktop, notebook, and workstations) to PCs for the quarter was 122%, up 0.6% from last quarter.The overall PC market increased by 9.75% quarter-to-quarter and increased by 9.47% year-to-year.Desktop graphics add-in boards (AIBs that use discrete GPUs) increased by 13.44% from the last quarter.Q3’20 saw an increase in tablet shipments from last quarter.

In the discrete GPU segment which includes AIB figures (Discrete graphics cards and GPUs for desktops and laptops), the overall market saw over $4.2 Billion worth of AIBs shipped in Q3 ’20. This marks a 13.4% increase from the previous quarter and a 9.1% increase compared to last year.

AMD Radeon RX & NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPU Market Share Report Q3 2020 Discrete

The outgoing quarter also saw AMD’s dGPU market share increase from 22% in Q2 2020 to 23% in Q3 2020. NVIDIA’s market share dropped to 77% (vs 78% in Q2 2020) but they still hold a dominant position in the segment. The increased AMD sales were due to AMD’s Renoir APU lineup which was shipping with their Navi based discrete chips and also the fact that several RX 5000 series graphics cards were available at discounted rates along with appealing game bundle deals that prompted users running an older GPU to upgrade to them given their fantastic price to performance value.

GPU Market Share Report by JPR (Q3 2020)

AIB Discrete GPUsQ3 2019Q4 2019Q1 2020Q2 2020Q3 2020AMD27.1%31.1%30.8%22%23%NVIDIA72.9%68.9%69.2%78%77%Intel0%0%0%0%0%Overall GPUsQ3 2019Q4 2019Q1 2020Q2 2020Q3 2020AMD16%19%17%18%19%Intel65%63%67%64%62%NVIDIA19%18%16%19%19%

AMD Radeon vs NVIDIA GeForce GPU Historical Market Share Graph (Via 3DCenter):

At the same time, these numbers came before the launch of both NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 30 GPUs based on the Ampere architecture and the AMD Radeon RX 6000 series GPUs based on the RDNA 2 architecture. In Q4 2020, we could potentially see NVIDIA gaining back share since their lineup is ranged from the RTX 3060 Ti which starts at $399 US and goes all the way up to the $1499 US RTX 3090 whereas AMD has only focused its launch on $500 US+ variants which are attractive in their own right with absolutely stellar performance and efficiency figures but don’t cover the mainstream market as much as the RTX 3060 Ti does.

Intel also offered its first mainstream discrete GPU, the Iris Xe Max, for its Tiger Lake-based laptops. The Iris Xe Max is the first of many discrete GPUs that the company is going to offer in the coming years on both the desktop and notebook segment. The Xe-based lineup will be competing against both AMD and NVIDIA and we will definitely start seeing them making some ground in the AIB GPU share by the end of 2021.

With that said, the supply and stock issues still persist & both companies have severely lacked in their ability to tackle the immense demand for these cards. Almost no cards are available to buy and the little stock that is available has been artificially inflated by retailers. Both AMD and NVIDIA have promised supply to get better by 2021 so the market share figures for Q4 2020 and Q1 2021 are ultimately going to tell which company was able to offer a bigger supply of GPUs to their customers.

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Colder Master MM720– A Standard Reborn With A Featherlight Weight

Cooler Master is no stranger to the gaming mouse scene but they have a long history of wild and crazy designs that didn’t stick around long, but then they have some true classics. Last year they updated an existing mouse to the MM710 design and quickly become my favorite gaming mouse. Now, they’ve respawned a real classic and created the MM720. Taking the things people loved about the MM710 and the old Spawn/Respawn/Xornet/Xornet II and created a spectacular lightweight and effective gaming mouse.

Cooler Master MM720: Delivering a killer claw grip

The Cooler Master MM720 is quite an interesting little gaming mouse. At first look, lit might almost remind you of the old iMac puck mouse but don’t let that fool you, this is a claw grip fan’s dream mouse. Wider than most and shorter than most, palm grip folks may find this one an odd duck, but if you know what you’re in for the upgrades on the old design make this one killer package for not a lot of dough. The lightweight mouse and cable make it feel practically wireless in action.

 

Form FactorRight-HandedRGB Lighting2-zone, MasterPlus+ SoftwareSensorOptical – PixArt PMW3389Max Sensitivity (DPI)400-16000Max Speed (IPS)400Max Acceleration (G)50Programmable Buttons6Switch TypeLK OpticalSwitch Lifecycle70 Million ClicksOn-board Memory Profiles7Mouse Feet100% PTFE Mouse FeetCableultralightTilt Scroll WheelNoSizes105.42mm x 76.52mm x 37.35mm
Weight49g

 

The packaging is about as barebones as it gets, and quite frankly that’s fine because there’s no need in wasting resources these days. But, it’s not short on what you get. Not only do you get the MM720 wrapped in a protective sleeve you’re also going to get a full set of rubber grip tape to put on the sides and the mouse buttons in case you find yourself having trouble holding on to the mouse in intense actions. You also get a full second set of the PTFE feet, talk about value.

The buttons on the MM720 are complementary to LK and are optical making for several key improvements over older traditional switches. They give you the advantage of much longer life spans (70m clicks in this instance), faster response times, and no denounce clicks as you get with traditional Omron style switches.  The switches have a very satisfying click to them and don’t feel too light or heavy meaning missclicks are less often but you’ll not find yourself forcing them either.

The scroll wheel and side buttons are good too. The scroll wheel has a rubber coating making it easy to handle during intense sessions but also lets the RGB shine through quite nicely. The side buttons are much improved over the MM710 feeling less spongy and I’m not able to actuate them by squeezing the mouse like I was on the MM710.

The combination of the PixArt PMW3389 optical sensor, Ultralight cable, and the 100% PTFE feet give the MM720 an excellent feel in action. The cable and feet ensure that the mouse is able to move about without hindrance, the overall movement of the mouse absolutely makes my MM710 feel like trash and the sensor never gave me any issues through the entire playthrough of the BLOPs Cold War campaign.

The Cooler Master MM720 is the very definition of a big brand doing all the small things right. They took a classic favorite and reimagined it for today’s market while maintaining everything that made people love it to begin with. Pack in extra feet, grip tape, RGB, and you’ve got yourself an unbelievable package at $49.99. The only issue there might be with this one is if you’re not into the claw grip style of gaming you will likely not find this one to be for you, but if you’ve got smaller hands or love claw grip, you’ve found one of the best you can get for the money with the MM720

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