AMD Radeon RX 6800 – Gamers beware! This new AMD GPU packs quite a punch for its low price tag
Gamers will finally be able to upgrade their systems with the new Radeon RX 6000 series this month when the RX 6800 and RX 6800 XT get released and at the beginning of December when the Big Navi will show up in stores.
But while the Big Navi and its little brother are aimed at PC users that want higher performances for 4K gaming, the smallest sibling is a great choice for gamers on a budget. The RX 6800 shines best in terms of performances somewhere between Nvidia’s RTX 3080 and RTX 2080 Ti at both 4k and 1440p. Moreover, the RX 6800 is much better at 1440p than the RTX 2080 Ti, which is the equivalent of the RTX 3070.
Let’s take a better look at the specs, features and benchmarks for the Radeon RX 6800 and see how it performs against the more powerful siblings and against its direct competitor, the RTX 2080 Ti. In some cases, it even offers the same power as the RTX 3080!
AMD Radeon RX 6800 – Specs and Features
- GPU: Navi21
- Interface: PCI Express 4.0
- GPU Cores: 3,840 Stream processors
- Ray tracing cores: 60 Ray Accelerators
- Base clock: TBD
- Game clock: 1,815 MHz
- Boost clock: 2,105MHz
- Memory: 16GB GDDR6
- Memory speed: 16Gbps + 128MB Infinity Cache
- Memory bus: 256-bit
- Memory Bandwidth: 512GBps (1,664GBps effective)
- TDP: 250 W
- Minimum recommended PSU: 650 W
What is really great about the cheapest AMD Radeon RX 6000 GPU is that it comes with all the premium features the RX 6800 XT and RX 6900 XT have, such as full DirectX 12 Ultimate support, Infinity Cache, Rage Mode, and Smart Access Memory.
The difference between the RX 6800 and the RX 6800 XT is that the RX 6800 comes with less Stream processors and less ray tracing cores. The RX 6800 XT has 4,608 Stream processors and 72 Ray Accelerators, while the RX 6800 comes with only 3,840 Stream processors and 60 Ray Accelerators.
The RX 6800 can deliver decent FPS even at 4K gaming, reaching up to 130 FP at the highest settings in games like Wolfenstein Youngblood or Doom Eternal. The lowest FPS in AMD’s tests show only 55 FPS in Borderlands 3 benchmark tests.
But we decided to show all the test results at 1440p since the RX 6800 is the entry-level GPU aimed at gamers on a more strict budget that still want to get the latest video card.
Bear in mind that the tests performed by AMD were done with both Rage Mode, and Smart Access Memory activated, two features that can only provide 13% more performance as long as the system includes a Ryzen 5000 CPU and a 500-series chipset to help the GPU unlock its full potential.
Let’s see the RX 6800 in action and how it performs against the bigger siblings and against the competition. If you want to see how it plays at 4k, check out our RX 6800 XT article or RX 6900 XT (linked below), where we added the benchmark graphs for all the GPUs at 4k.
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT – Benchmarks
System Configuration for benchmark tests:
- CPU – AMD Ryzen 9 5900X
- RAM – 16 GB DDR4-3200
- Motherboard – X570 reference platform
- BIOS – RQ21082B – Smart Access Memory enabled
- Radeon drivers – 20.45-201013n
- GeForce drivers – 456.71
- OS – Windows 10 Pro x64 19041.508
Benchmarks – 1440p Test Results
Battlefield V – Ultra, DX11
Battlefield V played at 1440p shows that not only the RX 6800 beats the GeForce RTX 2080Ti, but both GeForce 3080 and the GeForce 3090! We see the 6900 reaching 180 FPS in this game.
Borderlands 3 – Badass, DX12
The RX 6800 offers nearly the same performance as the beefier GeForce 3080, at around 100 FPS. Meanwhile, its competitor almost touches the 80 FPS mark.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare – Ultra – Filmic SMAA T2X – 16xAF, DS12
For the same high settings at 1440p, the RX 6800 reaches almost over 120 FPS, around 10 FPS less than the RTX 3080 and 20 FPS more than the RTX 2080Ti.
Doom Eternal – Ultra Nightmare, Vulkan
At 1440p, the FPS in Doom Eternal goes through the roof when it comes to all the GPUs in this list. The RX 6800 reaches nearly 175 FPS at the highest settings, and it leaves behind the GeForce RTX 2080Ti by around 15 FPS.
Forza Horizon 4 – Ultra, DX12
This is the game where Radeon RX 6800 shines once again, going at over 200 FPS at Ultra and leaving behind the most expensive NVidia GPU and its cheaper siblings.
Gears 5 – Ultra, DX12
Radeon RX 6800 is once again fighting for the fourth spot in this chart with the more expensive RTX 3080. Looking at the chart, we see it reaching around 125 FPS, while the GeForce RTX 2080Ti only gets to 100 FPS.
Resident Evil 3 – Ultra, FXAA+TAA – 16xAF, DX12
The RX 6800 is once again ahead of the RTX 2080Ti by more than 30 FPS, delivering almost 200 FPS.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider – Highest – noAA, DX12
At a difference of around 10 FPS, the RX 6800 is winning this test as well against the RTX 2080Ti.
The Division 2 – Ultra – TAA SS High – 16xAF, DX12
The difference between the RX 6800 and the GeForce RTX 2080Ti is only 10 FPS, with the AMD GPU rising above its competitor.
Wolfenstein Youngblood – Mein Leben, Vulkan
The RX 6800 reaches over 230 FPS at 1440p and high settings, with the GeForce RTX 2080Ti lagging behind at around 205 FPS.
Once again, we note that these benchmark results show how the AMD Radeon RX 6800 compares against the older GeForce RTX 2080Ti, which is a bit strange since we should have seen it compared to the RTX 3070 since it is NVidia’s newer and cheapest GPU launched this fall.
Moreover, AMD chose to test their GPUs with both Rage Mode on and using the Smart Access Memory feature, which increases the GPU performances by 13% only if the system is using a Ryzen 5000 CPU and a 500-series chipset.
AMD Radeon RX 6800 – Price and Release Date
Revealed on October 28, the Radeon RX 6800 will be launched together with the RX 6800 XT on November 18.
The RX 6800 will sell starting at $579, which is $80 more expensive than its direct competitor RTX 3070, which is $499. Compared to the GeForce RTX 2080Ti, the newer RTX 3070 is around 1%-2% better than its older sibling, but at a much better price and bringing the new Ampere architecture.
AMD Radeon RX 6800 – Last Thoughts
Looking at the benchmarks, where we see the results for the GeForce RTX 2080Ti (which should be the same as the ones for the RTX 3070) we don’t know exactly whether the $80 is worth the upgrade.
Moreover, the cheapest AMD Radeon 6000 GPU may be well over $579 when various brands will release their models.
As we mentioned in our other two AMD 6000 series reviews is that the ray-tracing may be a downside since NVidia has the upper hand. Nonetheless, AMD’s RDNA2 has been improved over the previous architecture.