Radeon RX 6800/6900 XT: AMD brings its new GPUs onto the market

AMD today announced three new graphics cards: Radeon RX 6800, Radeon RX 6800 XT and Radeon RX 6900 XT. They are comparable to RTX 2080 Ti / RTX 3070, RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 from Nvidia.

All three are based on the latest RDNA 2 technology from AMD, which is also found on the PS5 and Xbox X Series. These Radeon cards support the acceleration of hardware ray tracing for games. AMD also promises to meet Nvidia with no issues with support for 1440p and 4K. The RDNA 2 uses 54% more energy than the previous architecture.

AMD offers Infinity Cache support and full compatibility with DirectX 12 Ultimate. In addition, graphics cards support DirectStorage, the API that takes care of storing games on the SSD, to relieve the CPU of decompression tasks.

Here are the features featured by AMD. The Radeon RX 6800 starts:

60 computing units Frequency of 1815 MHz (2 105 MHz Boost) 128 MB cache 16 GDDR6 RAM 250 W power

The Radeon RX 6800 XT then:

72 computing units Frequency of 2,015 MHz (2,250 MHz Boost) 128 MB cache 16 GDDR6 RAM 300 W power

And the Radeon RX 6900 XT:

80 processing units 2015 MHz frequency (2250 MHz boost) 128 MB cache 16 GDDR6 RAM 300 W power

Benchmarks for the new Radeon cards

AMD, of course, shared some benchmarks for gaming. As the pictures show, new Radeon cards are (almost) always ahead of Nvidia cards.

Radeon RX 6800 with games in 1440p

Radeon RX 6800 with games in 4K

Radeon RX 6800 XT with games in 1440p

Radeon RX 6800 XT with games in 4K

Radeon RX 6900 XT with games in 4K

Release date and price

The Radeon RX 6800 and Radeon 6800 XT graphics cards will be available on November 18 for $ 579 and $ 649, respectively. The Radeon RX 6900 XT will be available for $ 999 on December 8th. Prices in euros are currently not disclosed. AMD is definitely a bit more aggressive than Nvidia. The RadeonRX 6800 XT costs $ 50 less than the RTX 3080.