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One of the Radeon RX 6800 Series highlights is the support for Ray Tracing, albeit in a different implementation versus Nvidia’s dedicated RT cores. Each Compute Unit of the RX 6800 series contains a Ray Accelerator that improves Ray Tracing performance compared to the previous RDNA architecture, albeit at a cost. Let’s see how the Ray Accelerators in the 72 CUs of the RX 6800 XT hold up against the RTX 3080’s 2nd Gen RT cores.

3DMARK Port Royal

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Review - 3DMark Port Royal Benchmark

3DMark’s Port Royal benchmark is the only synthetic ray tracing benchmark available. Unlike previous ray tracing supported games, 3DMark Port Royal will run on non-RTX graphics cards and also serves as a good indicator of Ray Tracing performance.

Battlefield V

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Battlefield V is one of the first games to ever come out with Ray Tracing and DLSS. The two-year-old game is still taxing especially when RTX is turned on as it decreases the performance of both GPUs by as much as 55 percent. The RX 6800 XT not only loses in average FPS but also in frame rate stability when RTX is turned on.

Shadow of The Tomb Raider

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AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Review - Ray Tracing Benchmark TombRaider 1440p

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Review - Ray Tracing Benchmark TombRaider 4kDespite having the same RTX numbers, the RX 6800 XT suffers a big hit when you take into account how much FPS the 6800 XT is getting with ray-traced shadows off.

Metro Exodus

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Metro Exodus is the least forgiving ray tracing enabled game for the RX 6800 XT. On average, the RX 6800 XT suffers a 20% loss in frame rate when RTX is turned on and maintains a stable frame rate unlike in Battlefield V and Shadow of the Tomb Raider.

DIRT 5 – RAY TRACING

We managed to squeeze in a 1440p benchmark of the newly released Dirt 5 racing game. Unfortunately, the game greys out the Ray Tracing setting on Nvidia cards. Nonetheless, the performance hit on the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT is not as bad compared to our three-game RTX stack. This might translate to better Ray tracing support and performance numbers for upcoming triple-A games particularly ones focused on PlayStation 5 and Xbox series X as both consoles are powered by the RDNA 2 architecture.

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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.