GPU Heavyweight Showdown
FHM Magazine South Africa|January 2021
It’s MD Radeon RX 6900 XT vs. Nvidia RTX 3090

The last few months of 2020 was mostly dominated by the new consoles from Sony and Microsoft, plus the shocking disappointment of Cyberpunk 2077. But quietly in the background, a massive gaming showdown was happening. AMD and Nvidia released their respective powerhouse graphic cards for PC’s and the battle has been fierce. The question on every PC gamer’s lips was which one should we get, team red’s RX 6900 XT or team red’s RTX 3090? Unfortunately, the answer isn’t as simple as one would think as both cards offer their own unique pros and cons. So let’s break down each GPU and see if we can determine an overall heavyweight champion.

HOW MUCH?

The Nvidia RTX 3090 debuted on September 1 alongside the RTX 3080 and 3070. Boasting features that appealed to not only gamers, but professionals as well, it was also marketed as a gaming card and offers the greatest performance of the three. Its price tag was even greater, however, sitting at $1,499 on its September 24 launch date. If you managed to buy it at that price, you were lucky, because stock was abysmal, and price gouging sent its cost rocketing, reaching at least $2,000 on eBay for even the Founders Edition. That’s likely to remain the case until mid 2021 when Nvidia promises big orders it’s made since will be completed. The RX 6900 XT was announced on October 28 alongside the RX 6800 XT and 6800. Its price was a far more modest $999. It went on sale on December 8th, and AMD has gone to great lengths to avoid any scalping, as per the RTX 3090. From a price and availability point of the view, the RX 6900 XT is the clear winner.

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