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AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Review - Packaging

Packaging for the Radeon RX 6800 XT will vary per AMD’s partner brands. As far as our media packaging goes, AMD has definitely improved its design compared the previous RX 5700 XT and Radeon VII media samples.

 

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The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT uses a flip-style cover where you are greeted with a welcome message on the lid upon opening. Unlike the generic soft styrofoam cover found on most graphics cards, AMD stepped up with quality printed cardboard protecting the RX 6800 XT.

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Repeating what I said on our RX 6800 XT Unboxing and Overview, the reference design is simply gorgeous, making it one of my design favorites as far as reference models go. Like Nvidia, AMD opted for a fan-style cooler for its reference design instead of the conventional blower-style cooler.

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Review coolingMoreover, unlike AMD’s past high-end GPU offerings, the Radeon RX 6800 XT is the first reference card to not require fancy liquid cooling to compete with Nvidia’s high-end product stack.

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Review backplate

The Radeon RX 6800 XT reference model also comes with a full-length silver backplate with a very minimalist design. The backplate might be just for looks rather than cooling performance as the back the GPU-die is not covered therefore heat is not efficiently transferred to the backplate.

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The side has a very simple design with a loud red outline. The exposed heatsink fin design will supposedly allow better airflow.

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Review PCIEThe Radeon RX 6800 XT is rated at a TDP of 300W and therefore requires two 8-pin PCIe connectors. AMD officially recommends a 750-watt power supply for the RX 6800 XT.

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Review portsWhile most graphics cards come with a 3x DP and 1x HDMI configuration, AMD decided to replace a Display Port slot with a USB Type-C port. This gives users more options for display connectivity and allows VR headset users to directly plug in their headset to the Radeon RX 6800 XT Graphics Card. The HDMI 2.1 VRR with FRL ports on the RX 6800 XT supports up to 8K 60Hz or 4K 144hz.

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Review sizeFrom top to bottom:

  • Palit RTX 3070 Gaming Pro OC
  • Nvidia RTX 2080 Super Founders Edition
  • AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT Reference Card
  • AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Reference Card

AMD Radeon RX 6800XT Review Philippines - 6800XT ReviewThe AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT reference card is a 2.5 slot GPU and is slightly thicker than the previous 5700 XT. The Radeon logo on the 6800 XT has a RED led that lights up when powered on whereas the vanilla 6800 only has a painted red logo.

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Our Verdict
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 feature sets, they make up with brute force performance and relatively competitive pricing.
Performance
9
Ray Tracing
8.5
Thermals
8
Power Draw
8.8
Price
9
Reader Rating2 Votes
10
What's Good
Raw Performance - Stable 4K 60fps gaming
0db fan technology
16GB VRAM
Power efficient
USB-C display out - PCVR support
What's Not
Massive FPS loss on Ray Tracing
Thermals - Poor fan curve management
Limited Availability - Much less than RTX 30
8.7
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Grant is a Financial Management graduate from UST. His passion for gadgets and tech crossed him over in the industry where he could apply his knowledge as an enthusiast and in-depth analytic skills as a Finance Major. His passion allows him to earn at the same time help Gadget Pilipinas' readers in making smart, value-based decisions and purchases with his reviews and guides.