AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Review : RDNA 2 Rocks!

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Thanks to the new RDNA 2 architecture, AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT is a killer graphics card, with serious raytracing chops!

Find out why we gave the Radeon RX 6800 XT our Editor’s Choice Award!

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Review : RDNA 2 Rocks!


AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT : Powered By RDNA 2!

  • DirectX 12 Ultimate – offering support for the next-generation games with DirectX Raytracing and Variable Rate Shading.
  • New Ray Accelerator – delivers real-time lighting, shadow and reflection realism through DirectX Raytracing.
  • Variable Rate Sharing (VRS) – dynamically reduces shading rate for better performance at little to no loss in image quality.
  • DirectStorage Support – delivers faster load times and high-quality textures in the future.


AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT : Price + Availability

The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT has a RRP of US$649, and will be available for sale starting 18 November 2020.

Custom boards will be available from brands like ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte starting in November 2020.


AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT : Specifications

This table summarises how the RX 6800 XT compares against the RX 6900 XT and the RX 6800.

SpecificationsRadeon RX
6900 XT
Radeon RX
6800 XT
Radeon RX
Transistors26.8 billion
Fab Process7 nm
Die Size519 mm²
Total Graphics Power300 W250 W
Compute Units807260
Ray Accelerators807260
Stream Processors512046083840
Game Clock2015 MHz2015 MHz1815 MHz
Boost Clock2250 MHz2250 MHz2105 MHz
Max. Texture Rate720 GT/s648 GT/s505 GT/s
Max. Pixel Rate288 GP/s202 GP/s
Infinity Cache128 MB
Graphics Memory16 GB GDDR6 (16 Gbps)
Bus Width256-bit
Bandwidth512 GB/s
PCIe InterfacePCIe 4.0 x16


Unboxing The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT!

The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT comes in a large and heavy cardboard box. Very heavy duty, with thick foam packaging.

  • AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT box 01
  • AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT box 02

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT unboxed

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT : Hands-On Experience!

Let’s take a closer look at the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT in our hands-on video, and pictures.

Be careful when you handle it, because it is a rather bulky and heavy card.

That’s partly because it comes with a large (and heavy) 2.5-slot cooler with triple axial fans.

The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT is kept cool by a really thick heatsink, covered by a shroud with triple axial fans.

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT front

Part of the reason why it’s so heavy – it has a full-length die-cast aluminium backplate at the back.

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT back

Here you can see its thick heatsink, and how its cooler is designed to suck in air from the front of the card, and exhaust the hot air from the top and the bottom of the card.

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT top AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT bottomIt has four display connectors. From left to right : one USB Type C port, two DisplayPort 1.4 ports, and one HDMI 2.1 port.

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT bottom AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT right

The card uses up to 300 watts of power, and comes with two 8-pin PCI Express power connectors.

It should work with two 6-pin power cables though – both 8-pin and 6-pin cables deliver 150 watts.

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT PCI Express power

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT supports PCI Express 4.0, which offers double the bandwidth of PCI Express 3.0.

However, that requires you to use a PCI Express 4.0 motherboard, like the recommended AMD X570 motherboards.

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT PCI Express 4.0

But do not fret if you are on the Intel platform. It is backward-compatible with PCI Express 3.0, and will work just fine with PCIe 3.0 motherboards.

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