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Radeon RX 6800 vs Radeon RX 6950 XT

Intro

The Radeon RX 6800 uses a 7 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 1700 MHz. The GDDR6 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 2000 MHz on this specific card. It features 3840 SPUs along with 240 Texture Address Units and 96 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 6950 XT, which comes with clock speeds of 1925 MHz on the GPU, and 2250 MHz on the 16384 MB of GDDR6 memory. It features 5120 SPUs along with 320 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 6950 XT 335 Watts
Difference: 85 Watts (34%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon RX 6950 XT should be just a bit faster than the Radeon RX 6800 in general. (explain)

Radeon RX 6950 XT 589824 MB/sec
Radeon RX 6800 524288 MB/sec
Difference: 65536 (13%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 6950 XT will be much (more or less 51%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon RX 6800. (explain)

Radeon RX 6950 XT 616000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 6800 408000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 208000 (51%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon RX 6950 XT is a better choice, by far. (explain)

Radeon RX 6950 XT 246400 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 6800 163200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 83200 (51%)

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 6950 XT
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year November 2020 May 2022
Code Name Navi 21 Navi 21
Memory 16384 MB 16384 MB
Core Speed 1700 MHz 1925 MHz
Memory Speed 2000 GB/s 2250 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 250 watts 335 watts
Bandwidth 524288 MB/sec 589824 MB/sec
Texel Rate 408000 Mtexels/sec 616000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 163200 Mpixels/sec 246400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 3840 5120
Texture Mapping Units 240 320
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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's 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 processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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