AMD Radeon RX 6800 and RX 6800 XT Review

Card Design and Features

AMD Radeon RX 6800 and RX 6800 XT Preview

Card Design and Features

Taking a closer look at some of these elements we had to begin with something we felt was a little bit of a sly dig at Nvidia, namely "standard power". We still don't exactly understand why Nvidia chose to go with their power input solution on their Founders Edition cards, and it's nice to know we're not the only ones bemused.

You won't need a new 12-pin PCIe power connector, or a new power supply to use Radeon RX 6000 series products. Why fix something that isn't broken? 

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Beneath the cooler, there are lots of those touches which show the AMD design team have done all their can to ensure that the foundation of their card is as good as we could hope, with premium materials and power design to be found everywhere, as well as the USB Type-C connector for those of you with displays (head-mounted or otherwise) that require that particular format.


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AMD Radeon RX 6800 and RX 6800 XT Review  

Who doesn't enjoy an exploded view of the cooler? Considering most of us try not to touch our cards at all, much less take a screwdriver to them, it's good to know what is going on under the hood so to speak. Or at the very least it's interesting.


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Hybrid Rendering is AMD's way of giving you performance increases without necessarily impacting your visual fidelity. There is even a mode you can toggle with lowers the resolution on command, for those moments where every last frame counts and can be the difference between victory or death.


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If you have AMD components throughout your system you can even combine the two to give you a few extra frames per second by removing any bottlenecks to performance. Nice.


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All of the above in one handy 'at a glance' view. The majority of these features are designed to reduce lag and increase FPS for competitive gamers, but there is plenty for those of us who just want smooth solo gaming too.


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Lastly a good demonstration of the key difference between the old Rasterisation method of rendering graphics and the new real-time Ray Tracing solution. At a glance both images look similar but when you pay closer attention the extra fidelity of the Ray Tracing option becomes clear.


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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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