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ASRock Radeon RX 6800 XT Taichi X

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The ASRock Radeon RX 6800 XT Taichi X comes with three 8-pin power inputs, which brings the card's maximum board power to 525 W. The cooler is a big triple-slot, triple-fan monstrosity that achieves excellent temperatures, better than any other RX 6800 XT custom design so far.

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Perf/Watt is king ? The only AIB Card that beat 6800 Ref.Impressive but with that price...

Edit : If we look at all GPU reviews in TPU review, TPU ranked this card as King of Perf/watt.
 
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Just curios why have you left Deus Ex Mankind Divided from your benchmarks ?

It was ported by the people behind Tomb raider and is fairly hardware taxing when fully maxed to the point it made controversy when it launched, i think people would like to see that game bench marked instead of say Detroit become human but hey thats just my opinion
 
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noise-normalized cooler performance is worse than reference? o_O
how do you end up screwing it up like that with a hefty heatsink like this?
no way, something's got to be wrong about that test result, I don't believe a huge slab of metal is worse at cooling the thing than the admittedly great reference cooler
 
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Is the memory in the 6800 series already pushed to the max, is that why AMD does not want anyone to touch the mem speed?
 
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noise-normalized cooler performance is worse than reference? o_O
how do you end up screwing it up like that with a hefty heatsink like this?
Asus makes the best coolers hands down, since pascal their designs mostly scores the lowest temperatures, their max contact base plates are no joke shiz just works
 
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Is the memory in the 6800 series already pushed to the max, is that why AMD does not want anyone to touch the mem speed?
I think if it was pushed to the max you'd see artifacts and crashes when maxed out given the current limits
 

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you probably need to refresh the numbers with SAM also the Intel system holds back high end gpu
 

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I have mentioned this previously, but I think it is time that we recognize the fact that AMD made a good reference design for the first time in at least a decade. Maybe they caught the vendors by surprise?
 

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RTX 3090 performance for half the money. Quite impressive, actually.

The reference AMD cooler must be best-in-class if these can't beat it.
 
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Whats the Power limit on the OC bios? 290w?

Also, would be interesting to see how each brand coolers compares to each other, dont know if you can pull all that data into one cooler performance chart?
The card looks pretty impressive, just wish that prices would settle closer to the MSRP, for sure this Taichi would match great with my Taichi X570 :D
 

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Slightly better temps than reference. Slightly better overclocking than reference. MASSIVE PRICE INCREASE, yet still "Highly Recommended"?

Excuse me, but how can they justify this? You only have to make something a small bit better and are free to charge an arm and a leg more, and that's worthy of a high recommendation???

Ridiculous. The "recommendation" from reviewers needs to be NOT RECOMMENDED. DO NOT BUY UNTIL PRICES COME BACK DOWN TO EARTH. By recommending this, they are literally recommending price hikes, which are harming already strapped consumers that have a hard time finding any high end cards available, let alone close to MSRP.

This crap needs to stop. I would love sites like TechPowerup to help consumers. Highly recommending a $170 price hike over reference is NOT HELPING.
 
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how on earth does the overclocked model have lower power consumption and better perf/watt than the reference card?? this goes against all logic!
 

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how on earth does the overclocked model have lower power consumption and better perf/watt than the reference card?? this goes against all logic!
Yup, that's what I was thinking, too, especially since there's no significant VRM changes and voltages are very similar, too. Probably silicon lottery.

Slightly better temps than reference. Slightly better overclocking than reference. MASSIVE PRICE INCREASE, yet still "Highly Recommended"?
It's a VERY good card, fast, quiet, energy efficient. Yup pricing is high, I talked about this in the conclusion. I agree with you, don't get me wrong, but isn't this card MUCH cheaper and better than RTX 2080 Ti half a year ago? If you want to buy a new card and have $1000 budget, what would you buy?

UNTIL PRICES COME BACK DOWN TO EARTH
I'm afraid prices will never come down. I wanted to write "maybe buy a console", but the situation isn't any better there. at least not until someone sues the companies making up fake prices, and wins
 
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how on earth does the overclocked model have lower power consumption and better perf/watt than the reference card?? this goes against all logic!
It depends. If reference model is more aggressive in feeding power to the chip, then its possible that it will draw more power. Perhaps there is room to undervolt the reference card. But I think it is a combination of silicon lottery and the default power they are feeding the GPUs.
 
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The "gearwheel" design language of ASRock has been well received by enthusiasts

(X) Doubt

I've literally seen people choosing other brands or models because of the garish looking gearwheels on their boards.
 

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Of the Radeon brands, I'd trust Sapphire the most, and then ASRock - all the others including Powercolor, MSI, XFX, etc afterwards... The reference design is also quite good this time.
 
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Attrocious value compared to the stock card. Sure it can perform better and have better performance, but not enough to justfy such a large price increase. 26% more money, worse noise normalized thermals, and a bit of OC headroom. No thanks.
 

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Attrocious value compared to the stock card. Sure it can perform better and have better performance, but not enough to justfy such a large price increase. 26% more money, worse noise normalized thermals, and a bit of OC headroom. No thanks.

Yet still "Highly Recommended"...
 
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1. Great review, up to the part of "highly recommended" that statement defies all logic!
2. Yet another pointless aib gpu ultra-over priced.
3. Highly recomended! -hilarious.
4. Much better to buy a reference model when they become available at msrp, or one of those aib that come at the same msrp as reference.
5. Highly recomended! SERIOUSLY!?
6. I guess amd really outdid themselves with the refeence model.
 
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I guess amd really outdid themselves with the refeence model.
the thing is there’s room for improvement. XFXs design, for instance, both ran cooler and quieter then reference, and when the fans were cranked up a bit there was more thermal headroom to play with. We’ve seen the AIB cards also consistently overclock better.

The AIBs are just hell bent on jacking up the prices though. If they carried 18gbps memory and coolers that ran 15-20c lower, then maybe, MAYBE they’d be worth the big premium. As it is there is really no reason to buy one over the reference model and a waterbock, except for the utter lack of reference cards. Newegg doesn’t even bother listing them anymore. If you want a 6800xt, you HAVE to buy the expensive AIB ones.
 
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The $800 seems way out of line, unless AMD come up with something to equal Nvidia's DLSS 2.x in a future update?
 
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Of the Radeon brands, I'd trust Sapphire the most, and then ASRock - all the others including Powercolor, MSI, XFX, etc afterwards... The reference design is also quite good this time.
Normally I feel Sapphire cards are one of the best out there. However this time round, I feel Sapphire's Nitro+ series is somewhat disappointing. While the cooler is still capable of keeping the card cool, the results are just slightly better than reference design, and quite a bit behind their competitors like XFX and Powercolor. There are reviews out there that pointed out that the cooler is very light, which I feel is the reason for the not that impressive thermal results. There is no magic here. If the heatsink its light, means less aluminum or copper, which translates to less surface to soak up heat.

the thing is there’s room for improvement. XFXs design, for instance, both ran cooler and quieter then reference, and when the fans were cranked up a bit there was more thermal headroom to play with. We’ve seen the AIB cards also consistently overclock better.

The AIBs are just hell bent on jacking up the prices though. If they carried 18gbps memory and coolers that ran 15-20c lower, then maybe, MAYBE they’d be worth the big premium. As it is there is really no reason to buy one over the reference model and a waterbock, except for the utter lack of reference cards. Newegg doesn’t even bother listing them anymore. If you want a 6800xt, you HAVE to buy the expensive AIB ones.
Reference design tend to be the cheapest as the main aim is to deliver sufficient performance/ cooling at the MSRP. So while there is room for improvement, I think AMD have done very well as compared to their previous reference design. AIB will always need to up the game if they want to segregate themselves from competition, but in doing so, they get to charge you a higher price. So no surprises that custom AIB cards tend to and expected to perform better
 
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Well, unless companies like AMD and Nvidia are selling their "reference" cards at a loss, then, AIB makes could theoretically sell cards at a LOWER price, since they have fabrication advantages such as, they actually make the cards themselves, and volume of production/volume of sales.
 
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