Right now, AMD launched the primary of its “Massive Navi” RDNA 2 structure Radeon graphics playing cards, the RX 6800 XT and RX 6900 XT. These playing cards compete straight towards Nvidia’s RTX 3070, RTX 3080, and RTX 3090.

Like Nvidia’s RTX 3000 line, the brand new playing cards provide 60+ fps 4K gaming, with full DirectX 12 Final assist, together with hardware-accelerated real-time ray tracing.

Efficiency

RDNA2 introduced monumental gen-on-gen fps features from final technology’s “little Navi” RX 5000 sequence—however what most individuals will care about is how the parts examine to Nvidia’s choices, to not final technology’s AMD. When it comes to sheer GPU horsepower, Nvidia’s RTX 3000 sequence and AMD’s RX 6000 sequence look like in a lifeless warmth. As all the time, it is value taking a vendor’s personal personal benchmarks with a grain of salt—however we do not count on to see materially completely different ends in personal testing later as these playing cards filter all the way down to the market.

AMD didn’t examine the RX 6800 (non-XT) with Nvidia’s RTX 3070; as an alternative, the 6800 was in contrast with final technology’s RTX 2080Ti. However for many intents—and as backed up by our personal Sam Machkovech’s latest testing—these playing cards carry out fairly equally. So we are able to moderately learn the RX 6800 chart as evaluating to the RTX 3070.

Options

The largest addition to the Radeon arsenal with RDNA 2 is real-time ray tracing and assist for DirectX 12 Final. The brand new playing cards characteristic one Ray Accelerator for every Compute Unit on the cardboard, providing a roughly tenfold improve in ray-tracing efficiency in comparison with software-only implementations.

The addition of real-time {hardware} ray tracing brings Radeon to gaming-feature parity with Nvidia’s lineup, not less than on paper. It can take a while to decipher how effectively Radeon’s ray-tracing assist stacks as much as Nvidia’s in actual life—and significantly within the context of real-world video games, which up till now have been marketed loudly with “Nvidia RTX” logos, regardless that they largely depend on a extra open DirectX Ray Tracing protocol.

On the console entrance, Microsoft was eager on instantly reminding players that its next-gen consoles would leverage the “full characteristic set of RDNA 2 in {hardware}.”

The brand new RDNA2 structure additionally brings larger energy effectivity to the Radeon lineup, with the 300W 6800 XT and 6900 XT beating out their Nvidia opponents by 20W and 50W, respectively. On the decrease finish of the lineup, Nvidia takes the lead, with the 220W Nvidia RTX 3070 beating the 250W Radeon RX 6800.

Pricing

AMD card AMD value Most comparable Nvidia card Nvidia value
Radeon RX 6800 $580 RTX 3070 $500
Radeon RX 6800 XT $650 RTX 3080 $700
Radeon RX 6900 XT $1,000 RTX 3090 $1,500

AMD seems prefer it might need gotten caught with its pants down on the RX 6800 pricing. Customers will in all probability have a tough time justifying an additional $80 at that value bracket on a card with larger thermals and a extra unsure real-time ray-tracing pedigree.

The worth proposition is nearer to even when upgrading to the 6800XT and nearly overwhelming on the high tier. That is the place Nvidia’s RTX 3090 prices a whopping 50 % greater than AMD’s RX 6900 XT for roughly the identical 4K body charges delivered.

If all you are searching for is one of the best uncooked 4K body charges on present AAA video games, ray tracing be damned, the highest finish of the RX 6000 sequence appear to be clear winners. For anybody closely invested in ray tracing, sticking with Nvidia—who introduced it to market a technology sooner—may be the higher wager if you cannot wait a number of months to see how these options and their efficiency shake out available in the market.

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