XFX Speedster RX 6800 XT MERC319 Review

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XFX have used vertical boxes for a while now and we have to say we're big fans of them. Oddly the front calls it the Merc 319, but the back says Mercury 319 and the sides say nothing at all.

XFX Speedster RX 6800 XT MERC319 Review  
XFX Speedster RX 6800 XT MERC319 Review  

From the front/top the card looks like a lot of other designs with three fans. We're not sure if the middle fan is smaller just to fit the logo on, or if it has a benefit to the airflow. We're not experts in Computational Fluid Dynamics. The proof will be in our thermal charts at the end of this. Once you step away from the front view though the XFX looks like little else.


XFX Speedster RX 6800 XT MERC319 Review  

We've seen a lot of different takes upon backplates, and the XFX has one of the nicer ones we've seen. Maybe we're just suckers for a freehand looking logo, but the amount of vents and holes in the backplate is a major step up from the uniform, holeless design on the AMD version of the XT.


XFX Speedster RX 6800 XT MERC319 Review  

Sometimes the devil is in the details and you can tell how much design effort has been expended upon the XFX Mercury 319 from this shot. It has an airflow throughput cutout as we have seen on a lot of recent cards, but the smoothness and good fit of the backplate just screams attention to detail.


XFX Speedster RX 6800 XT MERC319 Review  

AMD used a 10+2 power setup, whereas the XFX card has 14+2 which explains why there are lots of heatpipes and supporting brackets to go along with the thick, large surface area heatsink.


XFX Speedster RX 6800 XT MERC319 Review  

This is the side of the MERC319 you'll see most often and it's a gorgeous looking card. Very smooth, reminiscent of the XFX THICC range, with lovely lighting too as you can see at the top of the page. Power is provided by two 8pin PCIe inputs.


XFX Speedster RX 6800 XT MERC319 Review  

The 319 has a HDMI 2.1 for 8K60 goodness, alongside DisplayPort and USB Type-C outputs for all your connectivity needs.


XFX Speedster RX 6800 XT MERC319 Review  

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Most Recent Comments

25-11-2020, 10:37:11

FTLN
Only 3 words to say describe it:

https://i.imgur.com/FyNdrRq.pngQuote

25-11-2020, 10:40:06

AngryGoldfish
And they're so expensive. I didn't think there would be such a high premium over reference. They perform better, but I don't know if I would want to shell out another £100 for that extra bit of performance.Quote

25-11-2020, 12:02:50

AlienALX
Gorgeous card. Then you see the back plate

What a shame. I suppose you could vert mount it.Quote

25-11-2020, 12:19:09

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by AngryGoldfish View Post
And they're so expensive. I didn't think there would be such a high premium over reference. They perform better, but I don't know if I would want to shell out another £100 for that extra bit of performance.

Same with every decent aftermarket card though


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Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
Gorgeous card. Then you see the back plate

What a shame. I suppose you could vert mount it.

I like it tbhQuote

25-11-2020, 12:27:47

Warchild
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Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Same with every decent aftermarket card though





I like it tbh
Of course you would. It has White on it

I actually like this one which is weird considering the Merc sprawling across it is not my usual cup of tea.Quote
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