AMD Radeon RX 6800 and RX 6800 XT Review

Temperatures and Power Draw

AMD Radeon RX 6800 and RX 6800 XT Preview

Temperatures and Power Draw

Modern graphics cards no longer rely upon the user to overclock them, as the drivers now make the most of any spare power or thermal headroom available to boost the clocks to give the smoothest performance. Thus the temperature graph is a little less important than it used to be unless the manufacturer has created a godly cooler, whilst Power Draw is fun on your energy bill, but most of us just care about performance rather than a handful of Watts here and there. With slight variance in ambient temperatures we're also including the delta temperature too, so you know exactly how well the card performs relative to the air temperature.

AMD Radeon RX 6800 and RX 6800 XT Temperatures  
AMD Radeon RX 6800 and RX 6800 XT Power Draw  

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18-11-2020, 14:15:01

g0ggles1994
I am wet.
Time to retire the VegaQuote

18-11-2020, 14:25:35

Warchild
Welcome back to the world of competition AMD. Seriously well done on this product. Feels good to see them fighting back hard.

Look foward to the 6900/XTQuote

18-11-2020, 16:43:22

jcchg
Good performance. Mediocre Raytracing for now. Great power consumption. Negligible overclocking gains.

600 € and 670 € here in Spain respectively (out of stock). Next year we'll have enough stock I guess.Quote

18-11-2020, 16:51:56

KingNosser
About what i expected tbh so not disapointed, but with regards to stock come next year it'll be what i can get my hands on cause atm it's a right mess.Quote

18-11-2020, 18:01:25

AngryGoldfish
Wowzers, that's very, very good. Both the 6800 and 6800XT are 1440p kings for sure. Congratulations, RTG! And the 4k performance is still highly competitive.

Thanks so much for the thorough review, as always.

I noticed TPU had much lower power consumption numbers. I know everyone tests differently with different systems, so I'm not comparing them. I just want to add to how competitive AMD is. Looking at TPU's numbers, the 6800 draws less power than the 5700XT in gaming... and obviously way less than the 3080 and even the 3070. That's an incredible feat for the same 7nm process!

And the temperatures are definitely there as well. The cooler seems to be performing admirably. It's the first time in donkey's years where you could buy the AMD reference design and not feel like you're compromising on anything.

Ray-tracing is certainly behind Nvidia; they have a strong lead on AMD it seems. I wouldn't consider that a deal-breaker, but the 3070 and 3080 offer better value for money if you care a lot about RT. Add DLSS to that and Nvidia aren't in trouble of losing too many sales I don't think.

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Originally Posted by jcchg View Post
Good performance. Mediocre Raytracing for now. Great power consumption. Negligible overclocking gains.

600 € and 670 € here in Spain respectively (out of stock). Next year we'll have enough stock I guess.
Seeing as I saw early UK listings at over £700, that's excellent pricing for Spain.Quote
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