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AMD RADEON RX 6800
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The AMD Radeon RX 6800 comes in a landscape where AMD graphics cards have been substantially behind the best Nvidia graphics cards at the top-end for years now. Back in 2019, the experts caught a glimpse of AMD putting up a bit of a fight with the Radeon VII. It was then priced to compete with the RTX 2080, a matchup that it finally failed to win. In the same year, during July, AMD dropped its first RDNA graphics cards – the Radeon RX 5700 XT and RX 5700.

Above all, both of the models provided alternatives to the Nvidia cards in their price range. Hence, RTX 2080 Super and RTX 2080 Ti are completely unchallenged following this release AMD aimed at the 1080p class of graphics cards. Further, in this generation, it feels like things are going to change. The AMD Radeon RX 6800 has managed to beat the RTX 3070 at $80 more. It is priced to at $579 as compared to RTX 3070’s $499.

It would be great if AMD was able to match Nvidia’s pricing here as you would be paying 10% more for 5-15% more performance. At this resolution, you wouldn’t have to compromise on a single graphical setting in your games.

Some of the specs of the AMD RADEON RX 6800:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5950X (16-core, up to 4.9GHz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Masterliquid 360P Silver Edition
RAM: 64GB Corsair Dominator Platinum @ 3,200MHz
Motherboard: ASRock X570 Taichi
SSD: ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro @ 1TB
Power Supply: Corsair AX1000
Case: Praxis Wetbench

Must know features of AMD RADEON RX 6800:

Price and availability:

The all-new AMD Radeon RX 6800 is available today.  The device is starting at $549 $579. The closest competition at this price is the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070, which has half the VRAM but costs less at $499. Above all, both of these graphic cards are capable of delivering excellent 4K gaming performance. Hence you can be assured that performance will get better over time as drivers are most likely to become mature.

Chipset

The all-new AMD Radeon RX 6800 is based on AMD’s rDNA two graphics architecture. Ideally, it is conveniently the same graphics tech behind both the PS5 and the Xbox Series X. Experts say that it means little to nothing right now but has the potential to impact PC game optimization over the future of the stunning PC games.

There are two massive differences from the first generation of RDNA even though both process the same 7nm (nanometer) manufacturing process. Firstly, you need to know about Infinity Cache, which is ideally a global cache for the GPU, which boosts bandwidth for the video memory (VRAM). It helps in making GDDR6 memory on the 256-bit bus even more efficient than GDDR6X while using minimum power.

It leads to a theoretical 2.4x bandwidth per watt increase over having straight GDDR6 on a 256-bit bus. Additionally, AMD has included Ray Accelerators – one in each of the 60 Compute Units. Besides that, the layout is quite similar. You are most likely to see two frequencies laid out, including the Game Clock and the Boost Clock.

As the Boost Clock is all about the peak frequency so you will see this frequency during short bursty workloads. On the other hand, Game Clock  AMD expects the graphics card to sit almost all the time.

Features:

The AMD Radeon RX 6800 features a Game Clock of 1,815MHz and a Boost Clock of up to 2,105MHz. All thanks to the new fantastic design, temperatures are lower for the most part. Additionally, all new AMD is providing two ways to boost the performance of its Ryzen 6000-class processors. It includes Rage Mode and Smart Access Memory.

After you enable this, a notification pops up warning you that messing with GPU tuners will void your warranty. But you don’t need to stress if you don’t do manual overclocking and stick with Rage Mode. Even if you don’t want to enable SAM, the Radeon RX 6800 provides an excellent level of performance. Additionally, AMD’s superior FidelityFX suite of features includes a plethora of quality-of-life options, like Radeon Boost, which lowers resolution while moving, boosting framerates.

Design:

Finally, AMD has abandoned the blower that plagued the Reference designs of the RX 5700 XT and RX 5700. Instead, it has opted for a sturdy triple-fan shroud design. Besides being efficient at keeping the graphics card cool, it is also much quieter under load. The output features two DisplayPort, one HDMI 2.1, and one USB-C. It covers all types of displays.

There are two 8-pin connectors for power, which is mostly useful for anyone that lamented Team Green’s move to a 12-pin connector with an adaptor. While on the front card, the black trim is interrupted by a silver stripe surrounding the three fans – each of which has an ‘R’ logo for Radeon.

Many thought it was a bold strategy when AMD announced that the Radeon RX 6800 would more expensive than the RTX 3070. When it comes to raw performance, it can said that AMD has earned that price increase for the most part. Thus as compared to the traditional interpretation, AMD Radeon RX 6800 beats the GeForce RTX 3070.

The AMD Radeon RX 6800 is better than the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 for folks that just want something that delivers higher framerates in traditional gaming workloads. It’s fantastic that both AMD and Nvidia have GPUs that hit this rigid under $600 once again.

Key takeaway:

You should buy this device if you want a solid 4K gaming performance. It promises to deliver a solid 4K 60 fps experience. AMD Radeon RX 6800 will be more capable if you don’t have a 4K monitor, and instead just want to keep playing games at 1440p, and with ray tracing.