New AMD Radeon RX 6000 graphics cards to be announced on March 3

AMD Radeon RX 6000
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AMD has announced that the next graphics cards using its RDNA 2 architecture will be announced on March 3, 2021. The tweet from the official Radeon RX account says we'll find out more about the RX 6000 family at 11am US Eastern Time (4pm GMT) along with the tagline, 'Where Gaming Begins', which seems stranger the more AMD uses it because I'm pretty sure some of us have been gaming prior to that date.

This is exciting news because the announcement should cover some of the more affordable RDNA 2 GPUs. The RX 6700 XT and the RX 6700 are expected to be announced for sure, and there are growing rumours that the RX 6600 could be on the way as well. It won't be long until we find out now. 

So far we've had the impressive Radeon RX 6800 XT and RX 6800, as well as the not-quite-so-impressive RX 6900 XT. These are all at the higher end of the graphics pile though and cost serious bucks. 

At least they would if you could actually buy them. As with Nvidia's latest cards, actually finding any of AMD's new cards is almost impossible—at least that's been the case after the initial batch, which sold out in minutes.

There's also the spectre of crypto mining hanging over more recent launches, which has prompted Nvidia to nerf the mining capabilities of the RTX 3060. AMD's RDNA 2 cards aren't quite so sought after on this front, as their hash rates are low, but there's sure to be high demand nonetheless.

As an aside, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 has just touched down, so if you're in the market for a more affordable next-gen graphics card, it's well worth a read.

Alan Dexter

Alan has been writing about PC tech since before 3D graphics cards existed, and still vividly recalls having to fight with MS-DOS just to get games to load. He fondly remembers the killer combo of a Matrox Millenium and 3dfx Voodoo, and seeing Lara Croft in 3D for the first time. He's very glad hardware has advanced as much as it has though, and is particularly happy when putting the latest M.2 NVMe SSDs, AMD processors, and laptops through their paces. He has a long-lasting Magic: The Gathering obsession but limits this to MTG Arena these days.