ASRock Radeon RX 6800 XT Taichi X Review 26

ASRock Radeon RX 6800 XT Taichi X Review

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Introduction

ASRock Logo

Today, we have with us the ASRock Radeon RX 6800 XT Taichi X, the company's most premium custom-design version of the RX 6800 XT "Big Navi." Although a giant with motherboards, ASRock is one of the youngest in the graphics card business, making its debut exclusively with the AMD Radeon brand. Given "Big Navi" is the first enthusiast segment GPU by AMD since ASRock's foray, the RX 6800 XT Taichi ends up being the most top-shelf graphics card by the company. The Taichi X combines a custom-design PCB with ASRock's 3X cooling solution. The "gearwheel" design language of ASRock has been well received by enthusiasts and is used across the company's motherboard and graphics card families.

AMD launched the Radeon RX 6800 XT this November, introducing the RDNA2 graphics architecture that meets all the feature requirements for DirectX 12 Ultimate, including real-time raytracing. This is particularly important as RDNA2 is deployed across the latest PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S next-gen consoles, which is where the money is for game developers, and optimizing for these consoles makes it easier to optimize for AMD Radeon.



Real-time raytracing is the final frontier with 3D graphics, and while fully raytraced interactive 3D remains only theoretical, the latest graphics architectures, starting with NVIDIA "Turing," are able to combine conventional raster 3D graphics with certain raytraced elements, such as lighting, shadows, reflections, and illumination, to vastly improve realism. Even these tiny bits of raytracing call for enormous amounts of compute power and dictate the use of fixed-function hardware. AMD RDNA2 architecture relies on an enormous uplift in the GPU's compute capabilities, by a doubling SIMD resources over the previous generation "Navi" RDNA architecture. The most compute-intensive task of intersections is handled by fixed-function hardware called Ray Accelerators. Each of the 72 RDNA2 compute units on the RX 6800 XT has one.

An off-shoot of the enormous SIMD uplift is that conventional raster 3D performance is significantly increased over the past generation, with AMD claiming that the RX 6800 XT performs in the same league as NVIDIA's flagship GeForce RTX 3080. Based on the 7 nm "Navi 21" silicon, the Radeon RX 6800 XT features 72 out of 80 RDNA2 compute units physically present on the silicon, amounting to 4,608 stream processors, 72 Ray Accelerators, 288 TMUs, and 128 ROPs. The company has also doubled the memory amount to 16 GB and is using the fastest JEDEC-standard 16 Gbps GDDR6 memory. The memory bus width, however, has remained 256-bit wide, which works out to 512 GB/s of memory bandwidth. AMD claims to have overcome the bandwidth shortfall through an innovative feature it calls Infinity Cache, a 128 MB on-die cache that operates at an enormous data-rate, assisting the memory.

Running at up to 2360 MHz compared to the 2250 MHz reference, the ASRock Radeon RX 6800 XT Taichi X in this review features the company's highest factory overclock for this GPU. Powering the card is a powerful 16-phase VRM solution that pulls power from three 8-pin PCIe power connectors, and power limits are increased as well. Keeping it all cool is the Taichi 3X cooling solution, which uses a thick aluminium fin-stack heatsink ventilated by three fans. The card is well into the triple-slot category and features plenty of RGB LED embellishments, and certain handy features, like an ARGB control that lets you synchronize your rig's lighting to that of the graphics card, and dual-BIOS. In this review, we tested the card with its default "P" (performance) BIOS and the quieter "Q" BIOS. ASRock is pricing the RX 6800 XT Taichi X at $830—the card goes against established rivals from the AMD ecosystem, such as the Red Devil, Sapphire NITRO+, and ASUS ROG STRIX.

Radeon RX 6800 XT Review Market Segment Analysis
 PriceShader
Units
ROPsCore
Clock
Boost
Clock
Memory
Clock
GPUTransistorsMemory
RX Vega 64$400 4096641247 MHz1546 MHz953 MHzVega 1012500M8 GB, HBM2, 2048-bit
GTX 1080 Ti$6503584881481 MHz1582 MHz1376 MHzGP10212000M11 GB, GDDR5X, 352-bit
RX 5700 XT$3702560641605 MHz1755 MHz1750 MHzNavi 1010300M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2070$3402304641410 MHz1620 MHz1750 MHzTU10610800M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2070 Super$4502560641605 MHz1770 MHz1750 MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
Radeon VII$6803840641802 MHzN/A1000 MHzVega 2013230M16 GB, HBM2, 4096-bit
RTX 2080$6002944641515 MHz1710 MHz1750 MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2080 Super$6903072641650 MHz1815 MHz1940 MHzTU10413600M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 2080 Ti$10004352881350 MHz1545 MHz1750 MHzTU10218600M11 GB, GDDR6, 352-bit
RTX 3070$5005888961500 MHz1725 MHz1750 MHzGA10417400M8 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RX 6800$5803840961815 MHz2105 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2126800M16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RX 6800 XT$65046081282015 MHz2250 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2126800M16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
ASRock RX 6800
XT Taichi
$83046081282110 MHz2360 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2126800M16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3080$7008704961440 MHz1710 MHz1188 MHzGA10228000M10 GB, GDDR6X, 320-bit
RX 6900 XT$100051201282015 MHz2250 MHz2000 MHzNavi 2126800M16 GB, GDDR6, 256-bit
RTX 3090$1500104961121395 MHz1695 MHz1219 MHzGA10228000M24 GB, GDDR6X, 384-bit

Packaging

Package Front
Package Back


The Card

Graphics Card Front
Graphics Card Back
Graphics Card Front Angled

ASRock created a new design for their RX 6800 Series Taichi cooler. They kept the blocky, industrial design of previous Taichi products, including appearances of various stylized cogwheels. The ring around the center fan is now held in a brighter silver, and the backplate design has been quietened a bit compared to the RX 5700 XT Taichi.

Graphics Card Dimensions

Dimensions of the card are 33 x 14 cm, and it weighs 1755 g.

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.

Graphics Card Power Plugs

The card uses three 8-pin power inputs. This configuration is rated for up to 525 W power draw.


I love this feature—you can easily turn off all RGB lighting effects with a physical button—no software installation required.


This pin header lets you connect external ARGB hardware, like LED strips, which then run the same RGB effects as the graphics card.

Multi-GPU Area

The AMD Radeon RX 6000 series doesn't support multi-GPU. In this area, you'll find the dual-BIOS switch, which lets you toggle from the default "Performance" BIOS to a "Quiet" BIOS that runs slightly lower clocks, lower voltage, and lower fan speed.

Teardown

Graphics Card Cooler Front
Graphics Card Cooler Back

The ASRock heatsink is a very elaborate design of multiple components. Eight heatpipes quickly move any heat away from the GPU core and to a large array of fins, where it is dissipated in the airflow of the three fans.


Once the main heatsink is removed, this metal bracket becomes visible; it stabilizes the card against sagging.


The metal backplate protects the card against damage during installation and handling.

High-resolution PCB Pictures

These pictures are for the convenience of volt modders and people who would like to see all the finer details on the PCB. Feel free to link back to us and use these in your articles or forum posts.

Graphics Card Teardown PCB Front
Graphics Card Teardown PCB Back


High-res versions are also available (front, back).

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