Last week we released the flagship graphics card in our AMD RDNA 2 architecture-powered AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series, the AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT. Its extreme engineering and design deliver ultra-high frame rates in games, with powerful new compute units, the revolutionary new AMD Infinity Cache memory architecture, and 16GB of GDDR6 memory enabling the next generation of games.
However, although the AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series is primarily optimized to deliver the best possible gaming experiences, we recognize that there are also content creators who can take advantage of the power of AMD RDNA 2 architecture to supercharge demanding creative workflows.
The AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT lets you model, render, animate, and edit with no restraints, with significantly improved content creation performance versus the AMD Radeon VII, our previous flagship consumer product. Additionally, the new visual pipeline of the AMD RDNA 2 architecture with Ray Accelerators unlocks features like hardware-accelerated ray-traced rendering in supported applications to help bring photorealistic imaginary worlds to life at the speed of your imagination.
Powerful Performance for 3D Rendering
The AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT is ready to tackle even the most complex scenes and demanding Cycles renders in Blender, the free and open-source 3D creation suite, thanks to the improved OpenCL compute performance versus the AMD Radeon VII, with up to 2.7x the rendering performance. 
On top of this boosted Cycles rendering performance, we are also working with the Blender team to add hardware-accelerated ray tracing support on AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series graphics cards to Cycles to further accelerate render times when using AMD Radeon graphics.
“Thanks to our close technical partnership with AMD and their strong support for the Blender Development Fund, massive amounts of users of Blender (~1M downloads per month) will soon be able to take their Cycles rendering performance to the next level with built-in support for hardware-accelerated ray tracing on AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series graphics cards.”
-- Ton Roosendaal, Chairman, Blender Foundation and Director, Blender Institute
You can expect to learn more details about when this support will be coming to Blender early next year so stay tuned to our channels for updates.
Next-Level Rendering with AMD Radeon ProRender
AMD Radeon ProRender is our powerful rendering engine that lets you create stunningly photorealistic images in over a dozen leading digital content creation and CAD applications on virtually any GPU, CPU, or OS. 
It is both natively integrated into applications like SOLIDWORKS Visualize and Foundry Modo and available as free downloadable plug-ins for applications like Autodesk 3ds Max, Maya, Blender, SideFX Houdini, and Unreal Engine.
AMD Radeon ProRender doesn’t just offer better performance thanks to hardware ray tracing, it also includes powerful features that can take your rendering workflow to the next level — for example, Radeon ProRender includes Vulkan API-based Full Spectrum Rendering for fully path-traced interactive viewport previews, AI-accelerated denoising, and comes with a separately installed Material Library with 300+ easy to use optimized materials.
On top of that, nearly every Radeon ProRender update we make adds new features and functionality, such as the latest updates to the plug-ins for Maya and Blender that add a new “Contour Rendering” setting for non-photorealistic outline style renders and optimized scaling across multiple devices — including enhanced heterogeneous rendering when using an AMD CPU + an AMD GPU.
High-Performance Post-Production and Video Editing
The AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT is not just a powerhouse for 3D rendering, it is also one of the most powerful graphics cards we’ve created for post-production workflows so you can create and edit your next cinematic masterpiece in less time.
With today’s video editing workflows using increasingly higher resolution content (up to 8K) that demands more of your system, the AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT with its 16GB of GDDR6 memory and PCIe 4.0 interface delivers the performance you need to work fast and be productive, with support for GPU-accelerated video effects and video decode and encode in applications like Adobe Premiere Pro and DaVinci Resolve Studio. 
Adobe Premiere Pro support for GPU-accelerated video decode and encode  can accelerate your editing workflows and the last step in your video creation journey — exporting your final edited masterpiece. And when you compare the performance of the AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT against the AMD Radeon VII using PugetBench for Adobe Premiere Pro, our newest flagship consumer graphics card delivers up to 3x the video editing performance. 
In DaVinci Resolve, the AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT provides up to 1.7x the performance over the AMD Radeon VII when tested with the Standard Candle Benchmark . If you are using DaVinci Resolve Studio you can also take advantage of GPU-accelerated video decode and encode  to help further accelerate your video editing performance on AMD Radeon graphics.
Setting a New Standard for Content Creation with Radeon
The AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT is our flagship consumer graphics card for content creation workflows and sets a new standard for creating with AMD Radeon graphics. When compared to the AMD Radeon VII, the AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT is substantially faster in many different creative workflows, including 3D modeling, rendering, video editing, and post-production, and will supercharge your creativity to let you experience limitless content creation. We can’t wait to see what you’ll create with it!
Alexander Blake-Davies is a Software Product Marketing Specialist at AMD’s Radeon Technology Group. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third-party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied. GD-5
Blender® Cycles “The Junk Shop” scene created by Alex Treviño, original concept by Anaïs Maamar.
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