Tech News: AMD beats Nvidia as Radeon RX 6900 XT GPU registers record breaking clock speed.
An AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT graphics card with an “upgraded” Navi 21 XTXH GPU was overclocked to a record clock speed of 3.2 GHz. When AMD first launched the Radeon RX 6000 series, albeit in quantity limited, the GPUs had an artificial limit on a maximum clock speed of 3GHz, blocking attempts to go higher. AMD recently began supplying its Navi 21 XTXH GPUs with higher clock speeds to the AIBs, raising this limit to 4GHz and allowing overclockers to reach new heights.
German overclocker Der8auer got access to PowerColor’s Radeon RX 6900 XT Red Devil Ultimate, a premium card intended for overclockers and AMD enthusiasts. This card is one of the first GPUs to ship with the Navi 21 XTXH GPU and has already pushed the card to the limit.
With standard liquid cooling, the PowerColor Radeon RX 6900 XT achieved speeds of around 2.85 GHz in the 3D Mark test. However, when Der8auer switched to LN2 (liquid nitrogen) cooling, the GPU reached an impressive 3.2 GHz clock speed, much faster than the 2.25 GHz OC boost speeds listed by PowerColor.
This is the fastest frequency ever achieved by a GPU and is around 200 MHz higher than the previous world record, set by Kingpin on an Nvidia GeForce RTX 1080 Ti GPU. Additionally, Der8auer says the card has the potential to go up to 3.5 GHz at higher voltages, meaning this could be the ultimate graphics card for avid overclockers.
However, that doesn’t mean they’ll be able to get their hands on one. Due to the continuing shortage of parts, AMD Radeon RX 6000 GPUs will disappear from shelves as soon as they appear, just like Nvidia’s RTX 3000 series cards.