AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT: specs and benchmarks

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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 good gaming and benchmark performance at 64.66% of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090.

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General info

Some basic facts about Radeon RX 6800 XT: architecture, market segment, release date etc.

Place in performance ranking21
Place by popularitynot in top-100
Value for money25.54
ArchitectureNavi / RDNA2 (2020−2022)
GPU code nameNavi 21
Market segmentDesktop
Release date18 November 2020 (3 years old)
Launch price (MSRP)$649
Current price$696 (1.1x MSRP)of 168889 (A100 PCIe 80 GB)
Value for money

Performance to price ratio. The higher, the better.

Technical specs

Radeon RX 6800 XT's specs 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 20480 (Data Center GPU Max NEXT)
Core clock speed1825 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Boost clock speed2250 MHzof 3599 (Radeon RX 7990 XTX)
Number of transistors26,800 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology7 nmof 4 (GeForce RTX 4080)
Power consumption (TDP)300 Wattof 2400 (Data Center GPU Max Subsystem)
Texture fill rate648.0of 969.9 (H100 SXM5 96 GB)

Size and compatibility

This section provides details about the physical dimensions of Radeon RX 6800 XT and its compatibility with other computer components. This information is useful when selecting a computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop graphics cards, it includes details about the interface and bus (for motherboard compatibility) and additional power connectors (for power supply compatibility).

InterfacePCIe 4.0 x16
Length267 mm
Width2-slot
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 have no dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM instead.

Memory typeGDDR6
Maximum RAM amount16 GBof 192 (Radeon Instinct MI300X)
Memory bus width256 Bitof 19000 (GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB)
Memory clock speed16000 MHzof 23000 (GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER)
Memory bandwidth512.0 GB/sof 3276 (Aldebaran)
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 graphics cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model, while non-reference desktop models can (though not necessarily will) bear a different set of video ports.

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

Synthetic benchmark performance of Radeon RX 6800 XT. The combined score is measured on a 0-100 point scale.


Combined synthetic benchmark score

This is our combined benchmark performance score. 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.

Passmark

This is the most ubiquitous GPU benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various types of 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: 25%

RX 6800 XT 25097

3DMark Vantage Performance

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%

RX 6800 XT 96516

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

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%

RX 6800 XT 52046

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

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 graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

RX 6800 XT 49735

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

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%

RX 6800 XT 193053

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

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%

RX 6800 XT 504438

Gaming performance

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.

Average FPS across all PC games

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

Full HD196
1440p140
4K92

Performance in popular games

Full HD
Low Preset

Cyberpunk 2077 120−130

Full HD
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 100−105
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 158
Battlefield 5 191
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 160−170
Cyberpunk 2077 120−130
Far Cry 5 143
Far Cry New Dawn 127
Forza Horizon 4 180−190
Hitman 3 190−200
Horizon Zero Dawn 229
Red Dead Redemption 2 197
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 213
Watch Dogs: Legion 169

Full HD
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 100−105
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 135
Battlefield 5 183
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 160−170
Cyberpunk 2077 120−130
Far Cry 5 139
Far Cry New Dawn 124
Forza Horizon 4 180−190
Hitman 3 190−200
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

Full HD
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 100−105
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 118
Battlefield 5 175
Cyberpunk 2077 120−130
Far Cry 5 130
Far Cry New Dawn 113
Forza Horizon 4 180−190
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 160
Watch Dogs: Legion 112

1440p
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 110−120
Hitman 3 140−150
Horizon Zero Dawn 169
Metro Exodus 95
Red Dead Redemption 2 83
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 148

1440p
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 70−75
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 98
Battlefield 5 154
Cyberpunk 2077 65−70
Far Cry 5 131
Far Cry New Dawn 112
Forza Horizon 4 140−150
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 110−120
Watch Dogs: Legion 85

4K
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 70−75
Hitman 3 75−80
Horizon Zero Dawn 113
Metro Exodus 56
Red Dead Redemption 2 53
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 80
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 110

4K
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 45−50
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 65
Battlefield 5 103
Cyberpunk 2077 30−35
Far Cry 5 95
Far Cry New Dawn 94
Forza Horizon 4 100−110
Watch Dogs: Legion 49

Relative perfomance

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


NVIDIA equivalent

According to our data, the closest NVIDIA alternative to Radeon RX 6800 XT is GeForce RTX 3080, which is faster by 1% and higher by 1 position in our ranking.

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Similar GPUs

Here is our recommendation of several graphics cards that are more or less close in performance to the one reviewed.

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