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AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Review: AMD is finally back

By Aaron Yip - 13 Dec 2020

4K and Ray Tracing Performance

4K Benchmarks (Max Settings)

Ah…quite possibly the benchmark that we have all been waiting for. The holy grail of 4K gaming. AMD have boldly claimed that the RX 6800 XT is capable of 4K gaming at 60fps, or at least matching the RTX 3080 in performance at this resolution.


Here we see the RX 6800 XT losing some ground to the RTX 3080, with the latter besting it at Wolfenstein: Youngblood by a significant margin. It seems like the RX 6800 XT loses steam to the RTX 3080 at higher resolutions but only just. Well, in any case AMD certainly can rightfully claim that they have a card that could achieve 60fps and beyond at 4K resolution now.


Ray Tracing Benchmarks (Max Settings)

NVIDIA has been pushing ray tracing for years and their RTX 30-series has made some admirable push in performance here. The 6800 XT is AMD’s first card to enable real-time ray tracing and unfortunately it fails to match the RTX 3080’s frames per second when using ray tracing performance in the games tested above. It could not even hit 60fps at 1440p. Mind you, this is even without turning on the DLSS feature on the RTX 3080 card – so presumably performance will be even better on the NVIDIA card if turned on. I’ll get to this later in my conclusion.

  • Performance 8.5
  • Features 8
  • Value 8.5
The Good
Excellent 4K performance
Uses standard 8-pin power connectors
Solid build reference card design
Silent even when under full load
The Bad
Above average ray tracing performance
Super Sampling feature not ready at launch
Buying for potential, not performance, at launch
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