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