After years of focusing on mid-range graphics cards, AMD has made another series of powerful hardware with its new AMD Radeon RX 6800 and XT. Last year’s Radeon VII was a remarkable attempt to stay relevant in the market, but it didn’t make much sense to stop gamers as it was slower than the NVIDIA RTX 2080. The VII model was followed by the mid-range AMD RX 5000 series. Now, AMD has released some models that you will surely want to buy: the AMD Radeon RX 6800 and 6800 XT. The RX 6800 has been launched at a price of 719.99 euros, and the XT for 799.95 euros.
What’s new in the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT?
What’s special about the new AMDs is on the inside: AMD’s new 7nm RDNA 2 architecture, the first to support hardware-accelerated ray tracing. The 6800 RX has 60 compute units and ray tracing accelerators, while the 6800 XT increases both figures to 72. They also feature 16GB GDDR6 memory. Now that they’re focused on 4K games, more memory can impact how well games load and perform.
The RX 6800 and 6800 XT make a surprising first impression. They are large cards that appear to be carved out of a single block of metal, with three fans cooling a traditional series of heatsink fins. While NVIDIA came up with a completely new PCB and cooling design for its latest cards, AMD sticks to a fairly standard design. Both cards are based on two 8-pin power connectors, and luckily they’re on the same edge so you can easily route cables.
Model 6800 XT
AMD has made a true competitor to the TRX 3080 which is also € 40 more expensive. The 6800 XT is blazingly fast, although its ray tracing performance falls short of NVIDIA’s.
- Excellent gaming performance
- Solid cooling
- Cheaper than RTX 3080
- Normal ray tracing performance
- Fans can get noisy
Model RX 6800
The RX 6800 is a GPU that can perform even better than the NVIDIA RTX 3070. It will handle 4K games easily, even if you don’t have high expectations when it comes to ray tracing performance.
- Robust design
- Fast gaming performance
- Excellent cooling
- Slow ray tracing performance
- More expensive than RTX 3070