AMD Radeon RX 6800 and RX 6800 XT Review

Test Setup and Clock Speeds

AMD Radeon RX 6800 and RX 6800 XT Preview

Test Setup

We're still using our revamped test rig for the Radeon testing. We know that some of the more nit-picky of you might wonder why we're not also using the 5000 series Ryzen CPUs to make the most of the Rage mode, but Rage mode works on the Ryzen 9 3950X just fine, and we want to be able to compare like for like as always, and the 3950X is what we've tested everything else in our graphs on. Given that most people don't run CPUs as powerful as this, putting an even more powerful one in won't teach us anything nor help you in your decision making.

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
AMD Radeon RX 6800

AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Formula
Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB Series DDR4 3600MHz
Corsair RM1000i PSU
Corsair iCUE H150i RGB Pro XT AIO
Corsair MP600 2TB PCIe 4.0 SSD
Corsiar Obsidian 500D RGB SE
Windows 10 x64 "May 2020" Update

Clock Speeds

There are many ways to overclock, as we've just shown you. We've tried the automatic software overclocking, manual overclocking, and on the XT we're showing off the Rage mode too. The RX 6800 is hardly a slouch out of the gate, but it's incredible how high you can push these in raw clock speed terms. 2550 MHz on the RX 6800 XT beggars belief.

RX 6800 Software OC

AMD Radeon RX 6800 and RX 6800 XT Review

RX 6800 Manual OC

AMD Radeon RX 6800 and RX 6800 XT Review

RX 6800 XT Manual OC

AMD Radeon RX 6800 and RX 6800 XT Review

RX 6800 XT Rage Mode

AMD Radeon RX 6800 and RX 6800 XT Review

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Most Recent Comments

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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