After months of waiting, we can finally say it – Big Navi is here. We can now share the first look at our Radeon RX 6800 XT graphics card, although we can’t share any performance details yet.
The Radeon RX 6800 XT that we received is poised to go against NVIDIA’s RTX 3080, and is $50 cheaper while at it. While we can’t share any of our benchmark data, AMD claims that it trades blows with NVIDIA’s flagship card across a vast amount of titles.
To recap, here’s a look at the specs for the entire Radeon RX 6000 (or RDNA 2) lineup:
|Specs||Radeon RX 6800||Radeon RX 6800 XT||Radeon RX 6900 XT|
|Memory||16 GB GDDR6||16 GB GDDR6||16 GB GDDR6|
|Game Clock||1815 Mhz||2015 Mhz||2015 Mhz|
|Boost Clock||2105 Mhz||2250 Mhz||2250 Mhz|
|Infinity Cache||128 MB||128 MB||128 MB|
Here’s what you get in the box – a nice welcome message, and a page showcasing the design and some features of the new card(s).
The Radeon RX 6800 XT unboxing experience was quite pleasant, as we got greeted by these words:
Welcome to The Red Team: You’ve joined a select community with an uncompromising passion for premium gaming. That shared desire is at the heart of everything we do. It’s why we’ve engineered the fastest Amd Radeon RX graphics cards ever- to deliver a powerful gaming experience. Have fun. #AMDRedTeam
The welcome message is a nice touch, and it shows that AMD is taking the premium segment seriously. After all, the RDNA 2 architecture powering these new RX 6000 graphics cards is also present in both the PS5 and Xbox series consoles.
The RX 6800 XT is a 2.5 slot card, measuring 267 mm in length and stands 120 mm tall. It can fit in our NZXT H500 tower perfectly well, and being a premium graphics card requires dual 8-pin power connectors.
While there’s not much to tell regarding a GPU unboxing, the card itself seems to be pretty well made. It doesn’t have the ‘dent’ that the 5700 and 5700 XT had, which I actually like. Instead, AMD went the other route in making the curves sit on the top side, which attracts much less attention while still looking great with that big ‘RADEON’ logo.
Check back on this space for our full review of the RX 6800 XT when it drops. The new launch marks AMD stepping into battle with NVIDIA on the premium segment, so don’t expect the more budget-friendly offerings like an RTX 3060 or a 6700 XT just yet. However, if the Zen 3 (Ryzen 5000) was anything to go by, it looks like AMD might just be able to give some tough competition to NVIDIA for enthusiasts.