AMD’s Radeon RX 6800 XT all set to take on Nvidia RTX 3080

AMD announced its RX 6000 series graphic cards built on RDNA 2 gaming architecture for next generation consoles, PCs, laptops and mobile devices

AMD or Advanced Micro Devices announced three new Radeon RX 6000 graphic cards (including the long-awaited RX 6800 XT) that’ll take on Nvidia’s RTX 3000 Series of GPUs. The headliner is the Radeon RX 6800 that will go up against the RTX 3080 while the Radeon RX 6800 will be compared with RTX 2080 Ti and the Radeon RX 6900 XT with Nvidia giant RTX 3090.

All three of them are based on AMD’s RDNA 2 technology, also found in the PS5 and Xbox Series. The latest Radeon cards come with support for hardware-accelerated ray tracing for advanced, next-gen games, with AMD promising to challenge Nvidia head-on in 1440p and 4K PC gaming.

The upcoming $649 Radeon RX 6800 XT will be aimed at exceeding Nvidia’s RTX 3080 performance at $50 less. It will come equipped with 20.74 teraflops of GPU performance, 16GB of GDRR6 Memory, 2250Mhz boost clock, 2015Mhz base clock, and 72 compute units overall.

Here is how the two of them compare –

RX 6800 XT vs RTX 3080: Specifications and performance

It is hard to directly compare GPUs from AMD and Nvidia purely based on specifications and that is certainly not changing this time around. With that said, you can compare some aspects like the stark difference between AMD’s RX 6800 XT and Nvidia’s RTX 3080 in memory. The RX 6800 XT comes with 16GB memory while the 3080 comes with 10GB memory. This is when Nvidia’s GPU does use newer, faster GDDR6X memory

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According to AMD’s numbers, its RX 6800 XT matches the RTX 3080 at 4K in many games. Though it does depend on the game, AMD’s new card will be within a few frames. 6800 XT beats the RTX 3080 by as much as 10 frames in Battlefield V but lags behind a few frames when playing The Division 2. At 1440p, the gains will be massively in Nvidia’s favor, with Battlefield V shooting up at nearly 200 fps.

Although these are AMD’s benchmarks, but they do look promising. The AMD is also planning on introducing two stunning features with the official launch of RX 6000 GPUs that would further boost the performance levels.

The new Rage Mode is a one-click overclocking tool built into the Radeon software to allow you to maximize the capabilities of the graphics card with minimal tweaking. However, the more exciting addition is the Smart Access Memory. AMD’s Ryzen 5000 processors take total control of RX 6000 series GPUs and offer up to 13% performance improvement at 4K.

RX 6800 XT vs RTX 3080: Ray tracing, DLSS, and other features

AMD didn’t waste any time in highlighting the hardware support for DirectX 12 during the RX 6000 reveal event, though it didn’t profile much performance numbers. As seen with Nvidia’s RTX 20-series GPUs previously, ray tracing takes a massive toll on the performance levels. AMD is yet to share performance numbers with ray tracing enabled (not the ones that were explicitly stated), so the AMD lovers are skill skeptical.

Nvidia has a firm grip on ray tracing and features such as DLSS with 30-series cards. DLSS is Nvidia’s AI-powered upscaling technology and has seen some major improvements in recent years. RTX 3090, for example, can hit 8K 60 fps in most games thanks to DLSS.

Ray Tracing and DLSS have been a big reason for choosing team green but that seems to be changing. Even though there is still time needed to validate ray tracing performance once RX 6800 XT hits the market, AMD will offer a compelling list of features in the upcoming range of GPUs. The FidelityFX suite will include variable-rate shading and Contrast Adaptive Sharpening (CAS) along with screen-space reflections and ray-tracing features.

RX 6800 XT vs RTX 3080: Pricing

AMD’s 6800 XT and RX 6800 will be officially launched on November 19, 2020 for $649 and $579 respectively. At $50 less than RTX 3080, the 6800 XT will probably not win over a lot of users solely based on pricing, though it will at least stay competitive, especially in comparison with the 3080 board partner cards.

By the end of October 2020, the RTX 3080 will not be available in stock. Nvidia has massively struggled to get a grip on its 30-series launch, after negative reports of the Samsung 8nm node powering Nvidia’s new cards surfaced. The RTX 3080 is still a big hit and has sold out almost everywhere it is likely to stay this way into 2021.

Historically, TSMC, the ones behind the 7nm node of RX 6800 XT – has been able to meet the demands with high-volume manufacturing. Moving into the holiday season, AMD will be looking to steal back some market share from Nvidia if it can manage to keep the shelves full. The RX 6800 XT is $50 less already and if AMD’s performance data is anything to go by, it’ll easily match the 3080 in the majority of games.



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