AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT , 6800 and 6900 XT Announcement Detailed - Our Thoughts - PC SEEKERS

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT , 6800 and 6900 XT Announcement Detailed - Our Thoughts


AMD Radeon today announced the RX 6000 Series of graphics cards based on the RDNA2 architecture to compete again the RTX 30 Series from NVIDIA. AMD launched the RX 6800, RX 6800XT and the RX 6900XT along side Infinity Cache and a few Software / BIOS level enhancements that are focused at improving the visual fidelity as well as the reducing latency and game load times - sounds just like alternatives for DLSS, NVIDIA Reflex.

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AMD Radeon RX 6800XT: - $649

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The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT card seems to be the best among the bunch when it comes to the price to performance ratio priced at $649 USD. It comes with 72CUs and game clock of 2015MHz and Boosts upto 2250MHz equipped with 16GB of GDDR6 VRAM all while consuming 300W of TBP (Total board power). This card will hit the shelves on 18th November.

Comparing it against the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 AMD is claiming that both the cards trade blows across the 10 games tested. AMD also claimed that with Rage mode and Smart Access Memory enabled the card can gain anywhere between 2% to 13% performance over stock. It is to be noted that the above performance numbers from AMD in the games tested is on the best API that can give the best performance for AMD.

AMD Radeon RX 6800: - $579

The AMD Radeon RX 6800 can be purchased at $579 USD. This card comes equipped with 60CUs and has a game clock of 1815MHz and a boost clock of 2105MHz and is equipped with the same 16GB of GDDR6 memory as the XT variant. The total power draw of this card is 250W TBP. This card will hit the shelves along the RX 6800 XT on November 18th.

If there is any card that I am most disappointed with then it is the RX 6800 that comes in at $579 USD but is just slightly faster than the RTX 2080 Ti which we now know is on par with the RTX 3070. Now the RX 6800 does come with double the VRAM at 16GB compared to 8GB of RTX 3070 but is it worth the $80 USD price increase? Guess we have to wait for the reviews. It is to be noted that Smart Access Memory was enabled while testing the Radeon RX 6800.

Don't take us wrong, this card is very impressive but the price is not as impressive as one (which is me) would have liked.

AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT: - $999


AMD claims that the Radeon RX 6900 XT blows trades and even beats NVIDIA's flagship GeForce RTX 3090 at 4K performance while costing $999 USD which is $500 USD less than the MSRP of the RTX 3090 Founders Edition. This card comes with 80CUs and has the same boost frequencies at that of the RX 6800 XT at 2015MHz game clock and 2250MHz boost clock. It also has the same 16GB of GDDR6 memory as that of the RX 6800 XT but is 8GB less than the faster  24GB GDDR6X memory found on the RTX 3090. But the RX 6900 XT still has a TBP of 300W where as the RTX 3090 has only a TGP (Total Graphics Power) of 350W. This card will hit the shelves later - almost at the end of the year - on December 8th, 2020. It is to be noted that the benchmarks performed have the Rage mode and the Smart Access Memory enabled on the RX 6900 XT.
Given AMD has used the "Best API" for the testing of the RX 6800XT, +Smart Access Memory for the RX 6800 and enabled both the Rage Mode and Smart Access Memory while testing the RX 6900XT and the fact these are first party benchmarks I would not raise my hopes assuming the fact that AMD will beat NVIDIA while undercutting them in the price department. It is only good for everybody to wait for the independent / third party performance charts / numbers. All in all, as I always no matter who wins or who looses, its the customers who win when there is competition in the market.
It is to be noted that Smart Access Memory can only enabled when the graphics card is paired a AMD Ryzen 5000 Series process. Good business move there AMD. 
You can watch the announcement here

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