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Radeon RX 6800 vs Radeon RX 6800 XT

Intro

The Radeon RX 6800 has core 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 TAUs and 96 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon RX 6800 XT, which features a GPU core clock speed of 1825 MHz, and 16384 MB of GDDR6 RAM running at 2000 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 4608 Stream Processors, 288 TAUs, 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 the exact same memory bandwidth, so theoretically they should have the same performance. (explain)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 6800 XT is quite a bit (more or less 29%) better 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 a better choice, by a large margin. (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 max amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to 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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