AMD: it's official, the Radeon RX 6900 XT Liquid Edition will be the new top of the range

AMD: it's official, the Radeon RX 6900 XT Liquid Edition will be the new top of the range


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After the sightings of the past few days, AMD finally officially presented the version of its flagship graphics card Radeon RX 6900 XT equipped with a closed-circuit liquid cooling system (LCS). The new product boasts both CPU and memory frequencies higher than the reference board equipped with the classic triple fan solution (which is already among the best video cards on the market), but will (at least initially) be available exclusively for manufacturers of pre-assembled systems.

Credit: Maingear AMD's Radeon RX 6900 XT Liquid Cooled features the Navi 21 GPU, which offers 5,120 Stream Processors clocked at up to 2,250MHz (game clock) and is accompanied by 16GB of memory 18Gb / s GDDR6. There are already some third-party Radeon RX 6900 XT models that have higher GPU frequencies, but the liquid-cooled Radeon RX 6900 XT is the only one to feature 18Gb / s RAM. The board has a TDP of 330W and is cooled using AMD's custom liquid cooling system with a 120mm radiator fitted with a fan.

Unlike third-party Radeon RX 6900 XTs that feature three eight-pin auxiliary PCIe power connectors, the Radeon RX 6900 XT Liquid Cooled has only two, but more than enough to deliver up to 300W power to the board. The presence of two connectors also means that the board will be compatible with almost any high-performance power supply. AMD's Radeon RX 6900 XT Liquid Cooled is clearly one of the fastest video cards in the world based on AMD's Big Navi GPU, but for some reason the company has no plans to sell it on the retail market, but will offer it exclusively to manufacturers of pre-assembled systems, according to colleagues at VideoCardz.

Credit: Maingear Precisely for this reason, the company has not disclosed the recommended retail price. Maingear will be one of the first to offer AMD's liquid-cooled Radeon RX 6900 XT in the US and has already opened a page dedicated to it.

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Google's cloud taps AMD for new service as chip wars heat up

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By Stephen Nellis

(Reuters) - Advanced Micro Devices Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google Cloud on Thursday said Google will offer cloud computing services based on AMD's newest data center chip, a move likely to intensify AMD's push to grab market share from rival Intel Corp.

Cloud computing providers such as Google, Inc and Microsoft Corp are some of the biggest buyers of data center chips. They build services on top of the chips to rent the computing power out to millions of customers.

Google said on Thursday it will start offering services based on AMD's 'Milan' server chip, which AMD released in March. Google said customers such as Snap Inc and Twitter Inc are testing the new AMD-based services.

AMD has been gaining market share against Intel, which was long the dominant player in data center chips but whose offerings have inferior performance on some measures because of years of stumbles in Intel's manufacturing operations.

Intel in April announced its 'Ice Lake' chip competitor to AMD's 'Milan' chip and said all major cloud providers would support it, but Intel has not said when Google will start offering services based on its latest chip.

(Reporting by Stephen Nellis in San Francisco; editing by Richard Pullin)