AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT: specs and benchmarks

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  • Interface PCIe 4.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 1825
  • Max video memory 16384 MB
  • Memory type GDDR6
  • Memory clock speed 16000
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2020
Performance 86.63
Graphics card Technical data and tests
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT

Summary

AMD started Radeon RX 6800 XT sales 18 November 2020 at a recommended price of $649. This is a high-end Navi / RDNA2 architecture desktop card based on 7 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 16 GB of GDDR6 memory clocked at 16 GHz are supplied, and together with 256 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 512.0 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is dual-slot card attached via PCIe 4.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 267 mm. Two 8-pin power connectors are required, and power consumption is at 300 Watt.

It provides outstanding gaming and benchmark performance at

86.63%

percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti.

General info

Of Radeon RX 6800 XT's architecture, market segment and release date.

Place in performance rating6
Value for money7.49
ArchitectureNavi / RDNA2
GPU code nameNavi 21
Market segmentDesktop
Release date18 November 2020 (less than a year ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$649
Price now$1678 (2.6x MSRP)of 11999 (Tesla V100 FHHL)
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Technical specs

Radeon RX 6800 XT's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon RX 6800 XT's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores4608of 14080 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Core clock speed1825 MHzof 2233 (Playstation 5 GPU)
Boost clock speed2250 MHzof 2903 (Radeon Pro W6600)
Number of transistors26,800 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology7 nmof 5 (Apple M1 GPU)
Thermal design power (TDP)300 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate648.0of 779.2 (Radeon RX 6900 XTX)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon RX 6800 XT's 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 x16
Length267 mm
Supplementary power connectors2x 8-pin

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon RX 6800 XT: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeGDDR6
Maximum RAM amount16 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width256 Bitof 6144 (GRID A100A)
Memory clock speed16000 MHzof 19500 (GeForce RTX 3090)
Memory bandwidth512.0 GB/sof 1024 (Radeon VII)
Shared memory-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon RX 6800 XT. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.

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

API support

APIs supported by Radeon RX 6800 XT, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX12 Ultimate (12_2)
Shader Model6.5
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL2.0
Vulkan1.2

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of Radeon RX 6800 XT. 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.

RX 6800 XT 86.63
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark Ice Storm GPU
  • Passmark

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.

RX 6800 XT 193053
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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.

RX 6800 XT 49735

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.

RX 6800 XT 52046

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.

RX 6800 XT 96516

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.

RX 6800 XT 504438

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.

RX 6800 XT 23019

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Radeon RX 6800 XT is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

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

1080p196
1440p140
4K92

1920x1080
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Valhalla 158
Battlefield 5 191
Far Cry 5 143
Far Cry New Dawn 127
Horizon Zero Dawn 229
Red Dead Redemption 2 197
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 213
Watch Dogs: Legion 169

1920x1080
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Valhalla 135
Battlefield 5 183
Far Cry 5 139
Far Cry New Dawn 124
Horizon Zero Dawn 199
Metro Exodus 152
Red Dead Redemption 2 129
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 199
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 294
Watch Dogs: Legion 150

1920x1080
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Valhalla 118
Battlefield 5 175
Far Cry 5 130
Far Cry New Dawn 113
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 160
Watch Dogs: Legion 112

2560x1440
High Preset

Horizon Zero Dawn 169
Metro Exodus 95
Red Dead Redemption 2 83
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 148

2560x1440
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Valhalla 98
Battlefield 5 154
Far Cry 5 131
Far Cry New Dawn 112
Watch Dogs: Legion 85

3840x2160
High Preset

Horizon Zero Dawn 113
Metro Exodus 56
Red Dead Redemption 2 53
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 80
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 110

3840x2160
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Valhalla 65
Battlefield 5 103
Far Cry 5 95
Far Cry New Dawn 94
Watch Dogs: Legion 49

Relative perfomance

Overall Radeon RX 6800 XT performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop video cards.


NVIDIA equivalent

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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