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AMD ‘Big Navi’: Radeon RX 6900 XT, 6800 XT, and 6800 GPUs launched, orders starting Nov 18

AMD finally revealed their lineup of the Radeon RX 6000 series of graphic cards, and spoiler alert, they are pretty powerful. The new cards feature AMD’s latest RDNA2 architecture that promises to bring up to a 54% performance/watt improvement over RDNA and adding new features like support for Ray Tracing. According to the benchmarks provided to us by AMD, the new cards seem to beat Nvidia’s latest GPU’s, namely the RTX 3090 and 3080 and last-gen flagship, the RTX 2080Ti, in several games.

How powerful are the new RX 6000 GPUs?

Image Credits: AMD

Update: AMD released a new set of benchmarks with the Nvidia cards’ framerates mentioned clearly. We obtained the charts from @harukaze5719, who made them by comparing the different framerates of both AMD and Nvidia GPUs released by AMD.

The flagship RX 6900 XT pits itself against Nvidia’s heavyweight, the RTX 3090, delivering better results in most games at 4K and 1440p while consuming just 300W of power compared to the RTX 3090’s 350W. The only titles we see the 6900 XT falling a bit behind are those heavily dependent on the VRAM, where the RTX 3090 succeeds.

Image Credits: AMD and @harukaze5719

The RX 6800 XT also beats the RTX 3080 by a similar margin, leading in most 4k and 1440p titles. The RTX 3080 pulls 320W, while the RX 6800 XT pulls the same 300W as the RX 6900 XT. Again, the RTX 3080 leads in VRAM dependent titles, though not by much this time.

Image Credits: AMD and @harukaze5719

AMD’s comparison of the RX 6800 to the RTX 2080 Ti was a bit weird considering the launch of the RTX 3070. The RX 6800 beats the RTX 2080Ti in every benchmark, which we would expect from this card. The RTX 3070 makes the same claim, consuming 220W in the process, and when compared to the RX 6800’s 250W, we cannot be too sure till more benchmarks pop up.

Pricing

Comparing the prices, though, AMD is the clear winner with the most significant gain being the RX 6900 XT’s $999 price tag compared to the RTX 3090’s $1,499, making the RX 6900 XT a clear choice for most gamers looking for a flagship GPU performance. The RX 6800 XT is more modest with a $50 lower price than the $699 RTX 3080, while the RX 6800 costs $80 more than the RTX 3070.

If you would love to know more about the features of the new AMD GPUs, we believe this article will do you good. We’ve gone over all the new features and explained how each one could help you if you decide on picking one up. Also, stay tuned for an article comparing the best AiB RX 6000 series GPUs available in the market.

After carefully analyzing the benchmarks, it’s pretty clear that AMD focused more on the premium end of their GPUs, with the RX 6900 XT leaving the RTX 3090 in the dust. On the other hand, Nvidia’s RTX 3070 looks to be a promising option for the mid-range gamer, costing lower, though we might not know of performance yet.

The release of AMD’s new RX 6000 series has enormous implications for the gaming industry, mainly when it comes to the premium and mid-range GPUs, considering both companies have yet more GPUs to release. With AMD now the apparent winner in the premium segment, Nvidia has to really up their game to provide better price and efficiency results if they want to remain a viable player in the game or risk losing the race like Intel.

About Paul Jacob

As an avid hardware enthusiast, Paul always takes the opportunity to explore the underlying technology through teardowns of the laptops, smartphones, and graphics cards he owns. He is also pretty passionate about stuff like sideloading the latest Android ROM to his smartphone or tweaking the processor clocks on his laptop to improve performance and lower temps.

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