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Radeon RX 6800 vs Radeon RX 6800 XT

Intro

The Radeon RX 6800 has a GPU core clock speed of 1700 MHz, and the 16384 MB of GDDR6 RAM is set to run at 2000 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 3840 Stream Processors, 240 Texture Address Units, and 96 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 6800 XT, which features core speeds of 1825 MHz on the GPU, and 2000 MHz on the 16384 MB of GDDR6 memory. It features 4608 SPUs along with 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 have identical performance. (explain)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 6800 XT should be quite a bit (approximately 29%) more effective at AF 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 high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon RX 6800 XT is the winner, 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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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 maximum amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the clock 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 lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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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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