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  • Writer's pictureShantanu Baddar

RX 6800 XT - AMD's answer to Nvidia.

Updated: Jan 29, 2021

The RDNA 2 architecture is the inflection point for AMD, and maybe the RX 6800 XT is the best representation of this move. A high-end graphics card unlike any we've seen from AMD in recent years, the RX 6800 XT is timely, competitive and unpredictable when it comes to gaming performance in a wide range of modern games.

Finally, AMD joins the ray tracing fray, both with its PC desktop graphics cards and the next-generation PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles. How are AMD's new GPUs stacking up to the competition, and may this be AMD's 2017 Ryzen GPU equivalent? That's exactly what we're here to find out.

Support for ray tracing is probably the most noticeable new functionality, but RDNA2 also supports Variable Rate Shading (VRS), mesh shaders, and everything else that is part of the DirectX 12 Ultimate spec.

There are other architecture updates, such as support for 8K AV1 decode and 8K HEVC encode. But many of the underlying changes don't seem to be an easily digestible number.

The RX6800 XT comes at 649$ and the RX6800 for 579$.

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