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ASUS Radeon RX 6800 XT STRIX OC Liquid Cooled

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Anybody who owns/owned this card or its 6900 XT sibling?

I was lucky enough to get my hands on an 6800 XT LC, but I returned it because one of the fans was making a constant rattling noise and also the pump was clearly audible at all times (particularly at idle, since other sound levels are lower then). I figured I got a Monday specimen...
Now I just received a 6900XT LC and to my utter frustration it too has one noisy fan (QC department on covid leave or what's going on?) and this one also has a pump that is clearly audible.

Wondering if anybody else has similar experiences? The pump perhaps simply isn't any better than this, but the fans are a joke since both specimens had one more or less completely silent fan. Meaning they can do it, but apparently they don't think at these prices there's any need for a QC check to make sure that the supplied fans actually are ok.

I'm tempted to return this card also; yes I could replace the fan(s) but it's a matter of principle - at these prices, one shouldn't have to.
That said there's the pump... running as Asus 360 RGB AIO on the CPU also, I don't hear that one at all (plus all three fans are silent).

I tried to login to the ROG forums to write there but got stuck in some extremely annoying loop where I'm logged in yet apparently not and can't get any further. Getting fed up with Asus rapidly this way :(
 
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Anybody who owns/owned this card or its 6900 XT sibling?

I was lucky enough to get my hands on an 6800 XT LC, but I returned it because one of the fans was making a constant rattling noise and also the pump was clearly audible at all times (particularly at idle, since other sound levels are lower then). I figured I got a Monday specimen...
Now I just received a 6900XT LC and to my utter frustration it too has one noisy fan (QC department on covid leave or what's going on?) and this one also has a pump that is clearly audible.

Wondering if anybody else has similar experiences? The pump perhaps simply isn't any better than this, but the fans are a joke since both specimens had one more or less completely silent fan. Meaning they can do it, but apparently they don't think at these prices there's any need for a QC check to make sure that the supplied fans actually are ok.

I'm tempted to return this card also; yes I could replace the fan(s) but it's a matter of principle - at these prices, one shouldn't have to.
That said there's the pump... running as Asus 360 RGB AIO on the CPU also, I don't hear that one at all (plus all three fans are silent).

I tried to login to the ROG forums to write there but got stuck in some extremely annoying loop where I'm logged in yet apparently not and can't get any further. Getting fed up with Asus rapidly this way :(

Thank you for this review i've been keeping an eye on this card myself but the wiring on it does seem excessive and now that you are getting issues with one of the fans and pump noise. I may go the other route which was to get a reference card instead and slap a Alphacool Eiswolf 2 when they release a version that is compatible with the 6800 series.
 

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Thank you for this review i've been keeping an eye on this card myself but the wiring on it does seem excessive and now that you are getting issues with one of the fans and pump noise. I may go the other route which was to get a reference card instead and slap a Alphacool Eiswolf 2 when they release a version that is compatible with the 6800 series.

Well these are just my findings, but I posted in the GPU section hoping for some feedback from fellow owners; you can keep an eye on that thread.
 
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Anybody who owns/owned this card or its 6900 XT sibling?

I was lucky enough to get my hands on an 6800 XT LC, but I returned it because one of the fans was making a constant rattling noise and also the pump was clearly audible at all times (particularly at idle, since other sound levels are lower then). I figured I got a Monday specimen...
Now I just received a 6900XT LC and to my utter frustration it too has one noisy fan (QC department on covid leave or what's going on?) and this one also has a pump that is clearly audible.

Wondering if anybody else has similar experiences? The pump perhaps simply isn't any better than this, but the fans are a joke since both specimens had one more or less completely silent fan. Meaning they can do it, but apparently they don't think at these prices there's any need for a QC check to make sure that the supplied fans actually are ok.

I'm tempted to return this card also; yes I could replace the fan(s) but it's a matter of principle - at these prices, one shouldn't have to.
That said there's the pump... running as Asus 360 RGB AIO on the CPU also, I don't hear that one at all (plus all three fans are silent).

I tried to login to the ROG forums to write there but got stuck in some extremely annoying loop where I'm logged in yet apparently not and can't get any further. Getting fed up with Asus rapidly this way :(

Take that shit back & get a red devil or Sapphire Nitro+ :toast:
 
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The Red Devil... it hurts my eyes, sorry. Would have to be the Nitro+ then ;)

The lighting/RGB too much? I feel ya. Sapphire is my go to AMD brand.
 

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Hello I have this card and wondering what is the thickness of these vrm pads. Ill order some and change tham and repaste the thermal paste.
 

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Hello I have this card and wondering what is the thickness of these vrm pads. Ill order some and change tham and repaste the thermal paste.
no one here would know sorry, this is just a marketing release
 

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no one here would know sorry, this is just a marketing release
I can try some, but for example lets say the gap is 2mm, and i used 3mm and pushed it, will it the temps? If this is fine then there wont be any problem.
 

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I can try some, but for example lets say the gap is 2mm, and i used 3mm and pushed it, will it the temps? If this is fine then there wont be any problem.
woops this thread was a review so @W1zzard might actually know (confused this with another thread)

Having tried that myself recently, with 3mm pads where i needed 1.5mm pads it simply didnt fit, and the heatsink couldnt be screwed on. If its close (2mm where you need 1.5) then it'll just squish down.

I recommend carefully measuring your stock ones to find out before ordering, i wasted a lot of money (over $100Au) on wrong sized pads, on my first attempt at replacing them.
 

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Don't remember the thermal pad thickness, but I see this question quite often in the last weeks, so I'll start measuring pad thickness in my future graphics card reviews
 
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I can try some, but for example lets say the gap is 2mm, and i used 3mm and pushed it, will it the temps? If this is fine then there wont be any problem.
If you use wrong thickness for VRAM and VRM pads then it could happen that the GPU ASIC could have problems to get proper contact with the heatsink as the heatsink will be lifted by too high pads.
Your hot spot and gpu temperatures will go up in that case.

Maybe you need to try to measure stock pads height to determine which ones you need or buy 1mm, 2mm, and 3mm and test them. :rolleyes:

On my EK waterblock for VRAM and VRM they are using 1mm pads.

There are pads with different hardness.
The softer ones are less problematic when the thickness is not proper. These are very flexible and allow to be pushed down more easily.

For example EC360 Silver has only 20 Shore hardness and are more flexible in compared to other pads that have 60-70 Shore hardness.


Here in German thread at Igor's lab, there is member who made some comparisons:

Shore hardness explanation:
 
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Thank you @Mussels. Il lcheck it

Also about harness @turbogear thank you for the information, ive checked some local ones, and they are 30, so it is kind of nice for now, after i find out about the thickness ill look into it.
 
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Hello I have this card and wondering what is the thickness of these vrm pads. Ill order some and change tham and repaste the thermal paste.

I think 2mm ones should be ok, but I don't think the pads need to be changed on that card, as its just running gddr6, not 6x like 3080/90.
 
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It seems like almost every other major reviewer crowns the 3080 at 4k, about ties the 3080 and 6800XT at 1440p and crowns the 6800XT at 1080p. I wonder why TPU get better results at lower res than viritually every other site. Game selection? Something with the setup that either improves Ampere performance at low res or lowers Big Navi perf at low res?
Probably the 9th Gen Intel test platform. You want a rich dataset of older comparison points? You need to compromise by not updating your test platform every time Intel sneezes out a label with a new number on it.

Combine that with a few sites saying that the CPU overhead on the Nvidia driver is much higher than the CPU overhead on the Radeon driver and we're probably seeing Nvidia's extremely high CPU overhead holding it back at the very high framerates you're going to get with a 5GHz octa-core CPU and 3080 GPU running at an academic 720p.
 
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