AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Review - NVIDIA is in Trouble 486

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Review - NVIDIA is in Trouble

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Package Front
Package Back

The Card

Graphics Card Front
Graphics Card Back
Graphics Card Front Angled

AMD has knocked this one out of the park in terms of product design. Made entirely out of metal and alloys all over, the RX 6800 is easily the best reference board design ever made by AMD, and in terms of aesthetics and visual appeal, it's right in the league of NVIDIA Founders Edition cards.

Graphics Card Dimensions

Dimensions of the card are 27 cm x 12 cm.

Graphics Card Height
Graphics Card Back Angled

Installation requires three slots in your system.

Monitor Outputs, Display Connectors

Display connectivity includes two standard DisplayPort 1.4, one HDMI 2.1, and one USB type-C with DisplayPort passthrough. As detailed on the previous page, RDNA2 leverages DSC to enable up to 8K 120 Hz from these connectors.

Graphics Card Power Plugs

No fancy power inputs here as you get two 8-pin PCIe power connectors right where you want them—at the top edge.

AMD "Navi 21" relies on an external USB 3.2 controller for the USB-C port, supplied by Cypress Semiconductor and labeled "CYPD5137-40LQXI." This controller puts out 10 Gbps USB 3.2 Gen 2, DisplayPort passthrough, and 27 W power delivery.

Multi-GPU Area

The AMD Radeon RX 6000 series doesn't support multi-GPU.


Taking the RX 6800 XT apart is simple, much easier than NVIDIA Founders Edition cards. All screws are standard—there are no flat cables or anything else that complicates the teardown. The only thing worth mentioning is this carbon thermal pad, which will break when you take the card apart. Remove it completely before adding your own thermal paste.

Graphics Card Cooler Front
Graphics Card Cooler Back

A copper vapochamber base plate makes contact with the GPU and memory, while a secondary aluminium base plate pulls heat from the VRM. Both plates make contact with the aluminium fin-stack heatsink that's ventilated by a trio of 90 mm fans. The card supports the idle fan-stop feature.

The backplate is made out of metal and protects the card against damage during installation and handling.
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