Raw performance-wise, the RX 6800 XT should be your go-to graphics card for 4K gaming – that’s if gaming is the only thing you consider. While the RX 6800 XT crushes in raw numbers and is able to keep up with the RTX 3080, the technologies or feature set that RDNA2 holds is simply lacking when compared to the Ampere architecture. You have AMD’s Ray Tracing via Ray Accelerators but it is far behind Nvidia’s RT cores, especially when you take DLSS in the equation – the disparity favors team green. Though it’s not to say that AMD will forever lag behind Nvidia. If it weren’t for Nvidia’s first to market approach and massive RTX + DLSS combo, AMD’s Ray Accelerators would’ve gotten more praise for us but it simply isn’t the better Ray Tracing GPU option as far as FPS and framerate stability is concerned. Smart Acess Memory does indeed improve performance as seen in our RX 6800 XT benchmarks but isn’t enough to merit a standing ovation especially when thermals are taken into account – we have yet to see AMD board partner’s cooling solution for the RX 6800 XT.
The way AMD shocked the industry with the RX 6800 series performance is definitely astonishing, so much that it downplays AMD’s struggle with the Ryzen CPU line snatching the crown from Intel. To put it simply, AMD’s Radeon RX 6800 XT is on par with the RTX 3080 but it comes with several asterisks. If you’re willing to forego Nvidia’s shiny RTX exclusive features, AI-performance enhancement, and overall stable drivers, then the RX 6800 XT is a more than good enough alternative. What the AMD RX 6800 XT or the RX 6000 series lack in thermals and features, they make up with brute force performance and relatively competitive pricing.
Philippines Only Conclusion: RX 6800 XT Price?
With our general conclusion in mind, the only hurdle AMD faces is the supposed pricing and availability in the Philippines. Our recent estimated philippine pricing of the RX 6800 XT, it now seems implausible given the launch day status of the RX 6800 XT. Without a doubt AMD holds lesser RX 6800 series stock compared to Nvidia’s RTX 30 launch. That said, its possible that the RX 6000 XT’s and the rest of the 6000 series will be priced higher than the RTX 30 given the current stock situation and that AMD PH team isn’t able to give us the PH SRP until next week. Not to mention the frowned-upon practice of PH distributors bundling motherboards with Ryzen 5000 process which could also happen with the RX 6000 series. That said, the winner in the Philippine market is the brand that could actually provide onshelf stocks for users to purchase.
We’ll update our PH Only Conclusion segment once AMD Philippines releases the official PH SRP of the Radeon RX 6800 XT.