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Radeon RX 6800 vs Radeon RX 6800 XT

Intro

The Radeon RX 6800 has core clock speeds of 1700 MHz on the GPU, and 2000 MHz on the 16384 MB of GDDR6 RAM. It features 3840 SPUs as well as 240 Texture Address Units and 96 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 6800 XT, which has a core clock frequency of 1825 MHz and a GDDR6 memory frequency of 2000 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 7 nm design. It is comprised of 4608 SPUs, 288 Texture Address Units, and 128 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 6800 250 Watts
Radeon RX 6800 XT 300 Watts
Difference: 50 Watts (20%)

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have exactly the same memory bandwidth, so in theory they should perform exactly the same. (explain)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 6800 XT is much (more or less 29%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon RX 6800. (explain)

Radeon RX 6800 XT 525600 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 6800 408000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 117600 (29%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon RX 6800 XT is a better choice, by far. (explain)

Radeon RX 6800 XT 233600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 6800 163200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 70400 (43%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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Radeon RX 6800

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

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Model Radeon RX 6800 Radeon RX 6800 XT
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year November 2020 November 2020
Code Name Navi 21 Navi 21
Memory 16384 MB 16384 MB
Core Speed 1700 MHz 1825 MHz
Memory Speed 2000 GB/s 2000 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 250 watts 300 watts
Bandwidth 524288 MB/sec 524288 MB/sec
Texel Rate 408000 Mtexels/sec 525600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 163200 Mpixels/sec 233600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 3840 4608
Texture Mapping Units 240 288
Render Output Units 96 128
Bus Type GDDR6 GDDR6
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 7 nm 7 nm
Transistors 26800 million 26800 million
Bus PCIe 4.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.6 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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Radeon RX 6800

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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