NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 vs AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
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  • Interface PCIe 4.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 1450
  • Max video memory 10240
  • Memory type GDDR6X
  • Memory clock speed 19000
  • Maximum resolution
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
Radeon RX 6800 XT
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  • Interface PCIe 4.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 1825
  • Max video memory 16 GB
  • Memory type GDDR6
  • Memory clock speed 16000
  • Maximum resolution
Price now 824$
Games supported 100%

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in performance rating910
Place by popularity63no data
Value for money12.9019.22
ArchitectureAmpere (2020−2022)Navi / RDNA2 (2020−2022)
GPU code nameAmpere GA102Navi 21
Market segmentDesktopDesktop
Release date16 September 2020 (2 years ago)18 November 2020 (2 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$699 $649
Current price$1180 (1.7x MSRP)$824 (1.3x MSRP)
Value for money

To calculate the index we compare the characteristics of graphics cards against their prices.

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Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores87044608
Core clock speed1450 MHz1825 MHz
Boost clock speed1710 MHz2250 MHz
Number of transistors28,300 million26,800 million
Manufacturing process technology8 nm7 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)320 Watt300 Watt
Texture fill rate465.1648.0

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

InterfacePCIe 4.0 x16PCIe 4.0 x16
Length285 mm267 mm
Width2-slot2-slot
Supplementary power connectors1x 12-pin2x 8-pin

Memory

Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeGDDR6XGDDR6
Maximum RAM amount10 GB16 GB
Memory bus width320 Bit256 Bit
Memory clock speed19000 MHz16000 MHz
Memory bandwidth760.3 GB/s512.0 GB/s
Shared memory--

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display Connectors1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort1x HDMI, 2x DisplayPort, 1x USB Type-C
HDMI++

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX12 Ultimate (12_2)12 Ultimate (12_2)
Shader Model6.56.5
OpenGL4.64.6
OpenCL2.02.0
Vulkan1.21.2
CUDA8.5no data

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

RTX 3080 64.69
+4%
RX 6800 XT 62.18
  • Passmark
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Ice Storm GPU

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

Benchmark coverage: 26%

RTX 3080 25258
+4%
RX 6800 XT 24276

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

RTX 3080 91747
RX 6800 XT 96516
+5.2%

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

RTX 3080 53713
+3.2%
RX 6800 XT 52046

Benchmark coverage: 14%

RTX 3080 31709
RX 6800 XT 38659
+21.9%

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

RTX 3080 39257
RX 6800 XT 49735
+26.7%

Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

RTX 3080 188064
RX 6800 XT 193053
+2.7%

Ice Storm Graphics is an obsolete benchmark, part of 3DMark suite. Ice Storm was used to measure entry level laptops and Windows-based tablets performance. It utilizes DirectX 11 feature level 9 to display a battle between two space fleets near a frozen planet in 1280x720 resolution. Discontinued in January 2020, it is now superseded by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 8%

RTX 3080 529548
+5%
RX 6800 XT 504438

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Average FPS

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular games across different resolutions:

Full HD163
−20.2%
196
+20.2%
1440p125
−12%
140
+12%
4K89
−3.4%
92
+3.4%

Popular games

  • Full HD
    Low Preset
  • Full HD
    Medium Preset
  • Full HD
    High Preset
  • Full HD
    Ultra Preset
  • 1440p
    High Preset
  • 1440p
    Ultra Preset
  • 4K
    High Preset
  • 4K
    Ultra Preset
Cyberpunk 2077 100−110
+3.9%
100−110
−3.9%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 95−100
+2.1%
90−95
−2.1%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 111
−42.3%
158
+42.3%
Battlefield 5 172
−11%
191
+11%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 160−170
+2.5%
160−170
−2.5%
Cyberpunk 2077 138
+35.3%
100−110
−35.3%
Far Cry 5 157
+9.8%
143
−9.8%
Far Cry New Dawn 129
+1.6%
127
−1.6%
Forza Horizon 4 170−180
+3.5%
170−180
−3.5%
Hitman 3 172
−9.9%
180−190
+9.9%
Horizon Zero Dawn 166
−38%
229
+38%
Red Dead Redemption 2 152
−29.6%
197
+29.6%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 194
−9.8%
213
+9.8%
Watch Dogs: Legion 134
−26.1%
169
+26.1%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 95−100
+2.1%
90−95
−2.1%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 96
−40.6%
135
+40.6%
Battlefield 5 156
−17.3%
183
+17.3%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 160−170
+2.5%
160−170
−2.5%
Cyberpunk 2077 134
+31.4%
100−110
−31.4%
Far Cry 5 150
+7.9%
139
−7.9%
Far Cry New Dawn 124
+0%
124
+0%
Forza Horizon 4 170−180
+3.5%
170−180
−3.5%
Hitman 3 167
−13.2%
180−190
+13.2%
Horizon Zero Dawn 149
−33.6%
199
+33.6%
Metro Exodus 128
−18.8%
152
+18.8%
Red Dead Redemption 2 119
−8.4%
129
+8.4%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 187
−6.4%
199
+6.4%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 303
+3.1%
294
−3.1%
Watch Dogs: Legion 119
−26.1%
150
+26.1%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 95−100
+2.1%
90−95
−2.1%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 88
−34.1%
118
+34.1%
Battlefield 5 145
−20.7%
175
+20.7%
Cyberpunk 2077 131
+28.4%
100−110
−28.4%
Far Cry 5 140
+7.7%
130
−7.7%
Far Cry New Dawn 112
−0.9%
113
+0.9%
Forza Horizon 4 170−180
+3.5%
170−180
−3.5%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 149
−7.4%
160
+7.4%
Watch Dogs: Legion 101
−10.9%
112
+10.9%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 110−120
+5.4%
110−120
−5.4%
Hitman 3 164
+25.2%
130−140
−25.2%
Horizon Zero Dawn 131
−29%
169
+29%
Metro Exodus 95
+0%
95
+0%
Red Dead Redemption 2 84
+1.2%
83
−1.2%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 150
+1.4%
148
−1.4%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 65−70
+4.5%
65−70
−4.5%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 76
−28.9%
98
+28.9%
Battlefield 5 124
−24.2%
154
+24.2%
Cyberpunk 2077 86
+50.9%
55−60
−50.9%
Far Cry 5 135
+3.1%
131
−3.1%
Far Cry New Dawn 107
−4.7%
112
+4.7%
Forza Horizon 4 140−150
+5%
130−140
−5%
Watch Dogs: Legion 81
−4.9%
85
+4.9%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 70−75
+6%
65−70
−6%
Hitman 3 109
+49.3%
70−75
−49.3%
Horizon Zero Dawn 89
−27%
113
+27%
Metro Exodus 65
+16.1%
56
−16.1%
Red Dead Redemption 2 56
+5.7%
53
−5.7%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 86
+7.5%
80
−7.5%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 115
+4.5%
110
−4.5%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 45−50
+6.5%
45−50
−6.5%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 52
−25%
65
+25%
Battlefield 5 91
−13.2%
103
+13.2%
Cyberpunk 2077 43
+59.3%
27−30
−59.3%
Far Cry 5 94
−1.1%
95
+1.1%
Far Cry New Dawn 89
−5.6%
94
+5.6%
Forza Horizon 4 100−110
+6.1%
95−100
−6.1%
Watch Dogs: Legion 54
+10.2%
49
−10.2%

Advantages and disadvantages


Performance rating 64.69 62.18
Recency 16 September 2020 18 November 2020
Cost $699 $649
Memory bus width 320 256
Pipelines / CUDA cores 8704 4608
Memory bandwidth 760.3 512
Chip lithography 8 nm 7 nm
Thermal design power (TDP) 320 Watt 300 Watt

Technical City couldn't decide between

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080

and

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT

The differences in performance seem too small.


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Competitors of GeForce RTX 3080 by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce RTX 3080 from AMD is Radeon RX 6800 XT, which is slower by 4% and lower by 1 position in our rating.

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Competitors of Radeon RX 6800 XT by NVIDIA

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon RX 6800 XT from NVIDIA is GeForce RTX 3070 Ti, which is slower by 2% and lower by 1 position in our rating.

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