AMD has finally unveiled its latest Radeon RX 6000 Series graphics cards, delivering powerhouse performance, incredibly life-like visuals, and must-have features that set a new standard for enthusiast-class PC gaming experiences.
Representing the forefront of extreme engineering and design, the highly anticipated AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series includes the AMD Radeon RX 6800 and Radeon RX 6800 XT graphics cards, as well as the new flagship Radeon RX 6900 XT – the fastest AMD gaming graphics card ever developed.
AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series Product Family
|Model||Radeon RX 6800||Radeon RX 6800 XT||Radeon RX 6900 XT|
|Clock Speed||1815 MHz /2105 MHz||2015 MHz /2250MHz||2015 MHz /2250MHz|
|Memory Size||16G GDDR6||16G GDDR6||16G GDDR6|
|Memory Clock||16 Gbps||16 Gbps||16 Gbps|
The newly announced Radeon RX 6000 Series graphics cards are built upon groundbreaking AMD RDNA 2 gaming architecture, which is able to provide up to 2X higher performance in select titles with the AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT graphics card compared to the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics card built on AMD RDNA architecture, and up to 54 percent more performance-per-watt when comparing the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT graphics card to the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics card using the same 7nm process technology.
AMD RDNA 2 offers a number of innovations, including applying advanced power-saving techniques to high-performance compute units to improve energy efficiency by up to 30 percent per cycle per compute unit, and leveraging high-speed design methodologies to provide up to a 30 percent frequency boost at the same power level. It also includes new AMD Infinity Cache technology that offers up to 2.4X greater bandwidth-per-watt compared to GDDR6-only AMD RDNA-based architectural designs. What’s best, all the announced RX 6000 series cards here (RX 6800, RX 6800 XT, and RX 6900 XT) features 16GB of GDDR6 memory to power the most demanding 4K workloads today and in the future.
Radeon RX 6000 – Performs better than the GeForce RTX 30 Series?
During the official launch event, AMD showcased some performance comparison for its newly announced RX 6800 and RX 6800 XT against the previous flagship GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 3080 from NVIDIA, where the RX 6000 series cards perform better than its competitor by quite a margin, very impressive numbers I must say.
The improved performance over the previous generation design isn’t the only thing to expect from the Radeon RX 6000 series cards. DirectX Raytracing, the once exclusive features that are only available on the NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics cards is finally available on AMD Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards – yes, you can now RTX ON you games with RX 6800, RX 6800 XT, and RX 6900 XT.
- DirectX 12 Ultimate Support – Provides a powerful blend of ray tracing, compute, and rasterized effects, such as DirectX Raytracing (DXR) and Variable Rate Shading, to elevate games to a new level of realism.
- DirectX Raytracing (DXR) – Adding a high performance, fixed-function Ray Accelerator engine to each compute unit, AMD RDNA 2-based graphics cards are optimized to deliver real-time lighting, shadow, and reflection realism with DXR. When paired with AMD FidelityFX, which enables hybrid rendering, developers can combine rasterized and ray-traced effects to ensure an optimal combination of image quality and performance.
- AMD FidelityFX – An open-source toolkit for game developers available on AMD GPUOpen. It features a collection of lighting, shadow, and reflection effects that make it easier for developers to add high-quality post-process effects that make games look beautiful while offering the optimal balance of visual fidelity and performance.
- Variable Rate Shading (VRS) – Dynamically reduces the shading rate for different areas of a frame that do not require a high level of visual detail, delivering higher levels of overall performance with little to no perceptible change in image quality.
AMD only showcased the raw performance numbers for their RX 6800 and RX 6800 XT and never specifically showcase any of the performance numbers for games with ray tracing capabilities enabled as of now but we’ll find out soon enough when we get our hands on one in the near future.
Pricing and Availability
The AMD Radeon RX 6800 and Radeon RX 6800 XT graphics cards are expected to be available from global etailers/retailers and on AMD.com beginning November 18, 2020, for $579 USD SEP and $649 USD SEP, respectively. The AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT is expected to be available on December 8, 2020, for $999 USD SEP.
AMD Radeon RX 6800 and RX 6800 XT graphics cards are also expected to be available from AMD board partners, including ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, PowerColor, SAPPHIRE and XFX, beginning in November 2020.