AMD Radeon RX 6800 review
The AMD Radeon RX 6800 marks AMD's return to the high-end graphics card market, delivering 4K gaming performance on par with the RTX 3070. However, the lack of features, especially those around upscaling, means that ray tracing is a wash at 4K.
Finally, AMD ray tracing
Low power consumption
Ray tracing performance behind competition
More expensive than RTX 3070
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The AMD Radeon RX 6800 is a welcome addition to the AMD graphics cards roster, alongside the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT . It’s another viable alternative to Nvidia’s higher end graphics cards in the enthusiast space, which Team Green has dominated for years.
Before the AMD Radeon RX 6800’s arrival, GPUs like the Radeon VII , Radeon RX 5700 XT , and the RX 5700 couldn’t quite hold a candle to Nvidia ’s high-performance range. With it on the shelves, AMD can now properly compete with (or even outperform) such cards as the RTX 3070 as well as allow its fans to enjoy the advantages of ray tracing.
We only wish AMD had kept its usual price advantage. Unfortunately, AMD is charging $80 more at $579 (likely around £579, AU$800) for the AMD Radeon RX 6800. Next to the RTX 3070 's $499 (£469, AU$809), it costs 10% more for about 5-15% more performance. It’s still an affordable high-end graphics card and a promising sign of things to come from AMD.
Price and availability
The AMD Radeon RX 6800 is available today, starting at $549 $579 (likely around £579, AU$800) for AMD's reference board, and going up from there for aftermarket board partner designs. At this price, its closest competition is the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070, which has half the VRAM but costs less at $499 (£469, AU$809).
The next step up from here, assuming you're sticking with Team Red, is the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT, which will set you back $649 (likely around £649, AU$960), which is going after the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 at the same price.
Both of these graphics cards are more than capable of delivering excellent 4K gaming performance, however, and we expect that performance to get even better over time as drivers start to mature. However, because the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT is so much more expensive than the RX 6800, the lower-end graphics card is by far the better purchase for the vast majority of people.
Features and chipset
The AMD Radeon RX 6800 is based on AMD's RDNA 2 graphics architecture, which is conveniently the same graphics tech behind both the PS5 and the Xbox Series X . Practically speaking, this means little to nothing right now, but has the potential to impact PC game optimization over the next generation of the best PC games .
However, it's important to keep in mind that both the PS4 and Xbox One also used AMD graphics, and it didn't drastically effect PC game optimization over the last generation, so this could end up being a moot point – only time will tell on this, though.
There are two massive differences from the first generation of RDNA, even though they were both built using the same 7nm (nanometer) manufacturing process.
The first of these is the Infinity Cache. Essentially, this is is a global cache for the GPU which boosts bandwidth for the video memory (VRAM). This makes the GDDR6 memory on the 256-bit bus even more efficient than GDDR6X, while consuming less power. This results in a theoretical 2.4x bandwidth per watt increase over having straight GDDR6 on a 256-bit bus.
Then, of course, AMD has included Ray Accelerators – one in each of the 60 Compute Units. In terms of raw ray tracing performance, in Metro Exodus with Ray Tracing on and DLSS off (Deep Learning Super Sampling) – a technology exclusive to Nvidia, which AMD doesn't have a real answer for – the Radeon RX 6800 is significantly slower than RTX 3070. And the gap widens significantly with DLSS on.
Beyond that, the layout is very similar. Each Compute Unit has 64 Stream Processors, for a grand total of 3,840 on the Radeon RX 6800. AMD has been hard at work boosting efficiency, though, and has managed to boost frequency by a massive amount.
The way AMD specs out frequency on its graphics cards is a tad confusing, but it's actually pretty helpful. When you look at the spec sheet, you'll see two frequencies laid out – the Game Clock and the Boost Clock. The Boost Clock is only the peak frequency – you'll only see this frequency during short bursty workloads. The Game Clock is about where AMD expects the graphics card to sit most of the time.
The AMD Radeon RX 6800 has a Game Clock of 1,815MHz and a Boost Clock of up to 2,105MHz. During our testing, however, we saw clock speeds over the Boost Clock, and they were sustained there. This might be down to the pre-release driver we reviewed the graphics card on, however.
It's testament to the optimizations AMD made that it was able to double the size of the GPU – from 251mm² and 10.3 billion transistors on the 5700 XT to 519mm² and 26.8 billion transistors on the RX 6800 – and boost clock speeds by so much, while the board power only increased from 225W to 250W. And, throughout our testing, ASIC power consumption peaked at 213W, which suggests that there is more room for performance through later driver updates and aftermarket board designs.
Thanks to the new cooler design, however, temperatures are lower for the most part. Throughout our testing, temperatures peaked at 75C, with the GPU hotspot temp reaching just 88C. When you're watching your temperatures, it's important to note that the former is what you should be concerned with. AMD has told us that these new GPUs are expected to see the hotspot temp hit up to 110C during normal gaming usage, and that it's within spec and won't cause problems. If you see that number, don't worry, your graphics card isn't about to melt.
AMD is also offering two ways to boost the performance of its Ryzen 6000-class processors: Rage Mode and Smart Access Memory. The former is inexplicably not available on the Radeon RX 6800, but it boosts power limits and the game clock, to give a slight edge in performance.
When you go to enable this, a window pops up warning you that messing with GPU tuners will void your warranty, but don't worry: as long as you don't do manual overclocking and stick with Rage Mode, AMD has assured us that Rage Mode won't void warranty.
For folks that have an AMD Ryzen 5000 processor, a 500-series AMD motherboard and either the Radeon RX 6800 or RX 6800 XT, Smart Access Memory gives your CPU full access to GPU memory, rather than just pre-mapped memory. This can boost performance up to 10% in select titles. This is an exciting feature, but it's a bit of a pain to enable.
You're going to have to update your BIOS, then go in there and disable CSM – which means you might have to reinstall Windows 10 to even use it if you're not using a UEFI-compatible installation. Then you're going to have to go into the advanced tab of your BIOS and enable both Above 4G Decoding and Re-Size BAR Support. This is a feature that we only advise advanced users even try to mess with, so it's something we didn't test in-depth for this review. We will be doing a full deep-dive on the feature at a later date.
Luckily, even without SAM enabled, the Radeon RX 6800 provides an excellent level of performance, so you're really not missing out on much by not enabling it. But, for those that want to take advantage of the advanced feature – it's there.
Beyond that, AMD's excellent FidelityFX suite of features is still here, along with a ton of quality-of-life options, like Radeon Boost, which lowers resolution while moving, boosting framerates while you're moving too quickly to notice the reduction in image quality.
The one feature that we missed the most, especially with the introduction of ray tracing this time around, is an equivalent to Nvidia's DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling). When you're playing games with ray tracing enabled, this tech is extremely useful, as it helps make up the massive performance differential that ray tracing brings. AMD has told us it's working on an alternative, hopefully it'll show up in time for RDNA 3.
The absence of Tensor Cores does more than just leave out DLSS, though. You also don't get an alternative to Nvidia Broadcast. And, because we're all working from home due to the ongoing pandemic, is an extremely useful technology, especially if you're working from a noisy or messy environment.
AMD has finally abandoned the blower that plagued the Reference designs of the RX 5700 XT and RX 5700, opting instead for a beefy triple-fan shroud design. This is not only way more efficient at keeping the graphics card cool, but is also much quieter under load.
For output, we have two DisplayPort, one HDMI 2.1 and one USB-C. This covers basically every type of display output you could need in 2020, and props to AMD for not cutting out USB-C like Nvidia inexplicably did with its Ampere cards.
For power, you have two 8-pin connectors, which is good news for anyone that lamented Team Green's move to a 12-pin connector with an adaptor.
Aesthetically, however, people are probably going to be divided. AMD's board design this time around has a very 2012 gaming aesthetic. The side of the shroud, or what you'll see when the GPU is actually plugged into your system is all black with red trim and lettering. And, of course the Radeon logo lights up bright red.
On the front of the card, the black trim is interrupted by a silver stripe surrounding the three fans – each of which has a 'R' logo, for Radeon. On the back, the silver stripe is bigger, and you can also see the bottom of the GPU itself. This isn't something we generally like on graphics card, as it's easier to damage, even if this way is marginally better for cooling.
This is the system we used to test the AMD Radeon RX 6800:
CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5950X (16-core, up to 4.9GHz) CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Masterliquid 360P Silver Edition RAM: 64GB Corsair Dominator Platinum @ 3,200MHz Motherboard: ASRock X570 Taichi SSD: ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro @ 1TB Power Supply: Corsair AX1000 Case: Praxis Wetbench
When AMD announced that the Radeon RX 6800 would be more expensive than the RTX 3070, we thought it was a bold strategy, and weren't sure it would work out. However, when it comes to raw performance, it seems like AMD has earned that price increase – for the most part.
When it comes to traditional rasterization performance, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 beats the GeForce RTX 3070 across our entire testing suite, and by a pretty significant amount. In the 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra test, which measures 4K performance with DirectX 11, the Radeon RX 6800 beats the 3070 by a whopping 24%.
In games, this gap naturally depends on the title. In Metro Exodus at 4K Ultra settings with RT off, the RX 6800 is just 3 fps faster than the RTX 3070, which a measly 6% performance difference. However, that difference widens significantly in DirectX 11 games, as that Fire Strike Ultra test hints at.
The Radeon RX 6800 is 27% faster in Far Cry 5 and 25% faster in Assassin's Creed Odyssey. These are both games that are optimized for AMD hardware, of course, but the numbers are still impressive.
That performance lead is much lower in many of the other games in our testing suite, however. In Red Dead Redemption 2 , for instance, the RX 6800 is just 10% faster than the RTX 3070. And, in Final Fantasy XV, it's just 5% faster.
The story completely changes once ray tracing enters the equation. Nvidia still has the upper hand here, and both in the 3DMark Port Royal test and in Metro Exodus with RT enabled, Nvidia has a significant advantage. In Port Royal, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 beats the Radeon RX 6800 by 6%, and in Metro Exodus at 4K with RT on and DLSS off, the difference is 9% in favor of Team Green.
For folks that just want something that delivers higher framerates in traditional gaming workloads, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 is absolutely better than the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070, there's no argument there.
However, if you were waiting for an AMD graphics card that can do ray tracing just as well, or even better than Nvidia, Team Red just isn't there yet. Ray tracing is there, and it does work , but without DLSS and the driver maturation that RTX cards have seen, you're going to be getting a better ray tracing experience elsewhere. It's still possible that AMD will be able to hammer out better ray tracing performance as the graphics card ages, though.
One thing is certain, though: with Big Navi, AMD is back in the high-end GPU game. It hasn't toppled Nvidia in the same way it has with Intel yet, but we could definitely see Team Red continue in that direction over the next couple of years.
Buy it if...
You want solid 4K gaming performance Through a number of our tests, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 is more than able to deliver a solid 4K 60 fps experience. It's not quite as fast as the RTX 3080, but it's better at that resolution than the RTX 3070).
You want ray tracing at 1440p If you don't have a 4K monitor, and instead just want to keep playing games at 1440p, and with ray tracing, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 will be more than capable of handling it.
You're willing to fiddle around with your BIOS AMD's Smart Access Memory technology will make the Radeon RX 6800 even faster, but you're going to need to be comfortable playing around in your BIOS – not everyone is.
Don't buy it if...
You want both 4K gaming and ray tracing Without an AMD answer to DLSS, 4K gaming with ray tracing enabled isn't going to be a great time. It's still playable, but you're not going to see a 60 fps frame rate.
You're on a budget If you're looking for a cheaper graphics card, our advice would be to wait for a cheaper ray tracing graphics card from AMD.
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ASRock Radeon RX 6800 XT Taichi X OC Review
One of the fastest, brightest, and most feature-packed of all rx 6800 xt cards., our verdict.
The ASRock RX 6800 XT Taichi X can hold its own against any of the well established premium tier AMD graphics cards.
- Strong out of the box performance
- Quality feature set
- Overclocking capability
- Not the quietest card on the market
- Expensive – though poor availability contributes to that
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One might typically associate the practices of Taichi with tranquillity and harmony, but these characteristics certainly don’t apply to the ASRock Radeon RX 6800 XT Taichi X OC. On the contrary, it’s about as peaceful as bull in a porcelain shop. There’s nothing subtle about the Taichi X. It’s big, bold, brawny, and bright. On paper its among the fastest of all AMD RX 6800 XT cards. If you want the world to know you have a high end version, there are few that stand out more than the RX 6800 XT Taichi X.
ASRock is well known as a motherboard manufacturer but it’s a relatively new entrant to the GPU marketplace. And, at least for now, it only produces AMD cards. The RX 6800 XT Taichi X is every bit the premium card; the huge cooler, robust PCB, factory overclock, useful features, and generous lashes of RGB lighting all add up to what is a serious piece of graphics hardware.
When the RX 6800-series launched in November, we welcomed its inter generational performance leap and its competitiveness with the Nvidia RTX 3080 and Nvidia RTX 3070 cards. The RDNA2 architecture brings full DX12 Ultimate support, ray tracing capabilities, and some interesting features such as Smart Access Memory (resizable BAR). And soon, a driver update will introduce a super resolution mode similar to Nvidia’s DLSS.
While rasterization is still king, the winds are beginning to change. Games like like Cyberpunk 2077 show off ray tracing at its beautiful best and we've crossed a threshold that should lead to RT becoming as common as AA or AF. Thanks to the growing console user base, AMD has an architecture that developers should become intimately familiar with in the coming years. AAA gaming over the next few years will be interesting!
GPU - AMD Navi 21 Architecture - AMD RDNA 2 Lithography - TSMC 7nm Base clock - 1,925MHz Boost clock - 2,360MHz Memory - 16GB GDDR6 Memory speed - 16Gbps Memory bandwidth - 512GB/s Outputs - 2x DP 1.4a, 1x HDMI 2.1, 1x USB Type-C Power connections - 3x 8-pin
The RX 6800 XT makes use of a slightly cut down version of the Navi 21 GPU. It has 4,608 cores vs the 5,120 of the AMD RX 6900 XT . Where the RX 6800 XT features a boost clock of 2,250MHz, the Taichi X pushes this 110MHz further to 2,360MHz. The memory specification of the reference RX 6800 XT and the Taichi X is identical, with 16GB of 16Gbps memory over a 256 bit bus.
The Taichi X is a triple slot card. It’s tall too so you’ll need to make sure it will fit in your case and the overall look is very aggressive. The cogs and wheels design theme common to Taichi motherboards carries over. There’s a stylized back plate with an RGB lit Taichi logo as well as a light bar across the case facing side of the card. Looks are subjective but that middle fan deserves to be shown off in a vertical orientation.
If RGB illumination isn’t your thing there’s an onboard switch to turn it all off. That’s a thoughtful feature. You’ll also find an ARGB header so you can connect the card to other RGB devices. The card has twin BIOS choices with an optional quiet setting that lowers the boost clock to the reference 2,250MHz leading to a slightly lower power draw and lower fan speed.
The display outputs consist of a pair of DisplayPort 1.4a, one HDMI 2.1, and one USB type-C. In a perfect world we’d like to see three DisplayPorts so triple monitor users won’t face any hassle though the USB port supports DisplayPort passthrough.
The Taichi X is a fully custom design with a strong and robust PCB. A 13 phase VRM plus another three for the memory provide ample headroom for overclocking. You’ll notice that the card has three 8-pin power connectors. Add all that power to the 75W available from the PCIe slot and you get a massive 525w of power on tap. Perhaps if 3rd party software tools or a special OC BIOS is released that unlocks higher power limits, this design will really be allowed to shine.
The Taichi cooler is generally effective. It seems as though ASRock has tuned it in order to keep temperatures down. This makes it an audible card under load but during testing it was never intrusive. At idle the fans stop altogether. If noise levels are a concern, there’s always the quiet BIOS or you can try the undervolt setting in the Radeon software suite. An Alaskan gamer might look at cooling a little differently than one in Arizona, so tweak away!
1440p gaming performance
4k gaming performance.
CPU - Intel Core i9-10900K @ 5.1 GHz all cores Motherboard - Asus Maximus XII Apex Memory - 16GB Team T-Force Xtreem ARGB 3,600MHz Power Supply - Corsair AX1000 Storage - 1TB Samsung 860 Pro (OS), 1TB Western Digital SN750 Black (Games) Cooling - NZXT X73 360mm AIO Operating system - Windows 10 Pro 1909 64-bit
The RX 6800 XT Taichi X is among the fastest factory overclocked RX 6800 XTs and this shows in performance testing. As it turns out though, much like we see with Nvidia’s boost algorithm, the advertised boost clock means relatively little. The quality of the GPU silicon itself, along with power consumption and temperatures play a more significant role. The Taichi X was able to hold a 2,375MHz boost clock after 10 minutes of a looping test which puts it within striking distance of the mighty RTX 3080, and even ahead in some cases!
It’s always interesting to see just how the overclocking silicon lottery plays out. Power limitations are the main bottleneck, with both the Radeon software suite and ASRock’s Tweak application both limited to a 15% power limit increase. With this in mind we were able to overclock the Taichi X up to an impressive 2,550MHz average GPU clock, combined with 2,150MHz memory. This put it comfortably ahead of the RX 6900 XT in the 3DMark Time Spy Extreme benchmark (8843 vs 8570) as well as Metro Exodus at 4K (70.9 FPS vs 69.3 FPS).
The card becomes noticeably audible when pushed, but if you’re gaming with a set of headphones, will it matter? It’s nowhere near as loud or tonally irritating as those banshee leaf blowers of old.
Now we come to the elephant in the room: Availability. None of this matters if you can’t actually find one! By now you’d expect to have a wide range of 6800 options to choose from, but here we are 2 months after the launch and shelves are bare. It’s no leap to say that this launch has been a disaster.
Whatever the reason, whether it’s Covid havoc, mining demand, a component shortage, or Apple hogging all the 7nm foundry capacity, it’s been a poor launch. Sony, Microsoft, and Nvidia are facing similar supply issues. Let’s hope these issues are not repeated. Many gamers looking forward to upgrades over the holidays would have been very disappointed.
But the ASRock RX 6800 XT Taichi X itself is big, bright, and in your face. It walks the walk, and it’s a great 4K gaming option with performance that all but rivals that of the RTX 3080. Though, as you might expect, Nvidia has a performance edge in the games that feature ray tracing, especially with DLSS enabled.
At $830 USD the RX 6800 XT Taichi X is pricey for sure, but that’s not out of line with the likes of the Powercolor Red Devil or MSI Gaming X. Yes, the reference card is supposed to be only $650 but—how to say it politely—Pig's derriere. Good luck finding one at that price.
If you’re looking for a fast card out of the box, that looks great and should overclock well, then the ASRock 6800 XT Taichi X deserves to be considered alongside any RX 6800 XT, from any vendor. As long as you can find one that is.
Chris' gaming experiences go back to the mid-nineties when he conned his parents into buying an 'educational PC' that was conveniently overpowered to play Doom and Tie Fighter. He developed a love of extreme overclocking that destroyed his savings despite the cheaper hardware on offer via his job at a PC store. To afford more LN2 he began moonlighting as a reviewer for VR-Zone before jumping the fence to work for MSI Australia. Since then, he's gone back to journalism, enthusiastically reviewing the latest and greatest components for PC & Tech Authority, PC Powerplay and currently Australian Personal Computer magazine and PC Gamer. Chris still puts far too many hours into Borderlands 3, always striving to become a more efficient killer.
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ASRock Launches Custom Radeon RX 6800 Series Graphics Cards
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ASRock has shared its initial lineup of AMD Radeon RX 6800 Series graphics cards, which comprise two reference models and four custom variants belonging to the Taichi, Phantom Gaming, and Challenger Pro brands: the Radeon RX 6800 XT Taichi X 16G OC , Radeon RX 6800 XT Phantom Gaming D 16G OC , Radeon RX 6800 Phantom Gaming D 16G OC , and Radeon RX 6800 Challenger Pro 16G OC .
Unfortunately, ASRock hasn’t published any of their clock speeds yet, but we can see that the company has doubled down on the gamer aesthetic for the majority of its custom models (the Challenger Pro seems to be the only one that doesn’t call too much attention to itself). Some of the key features that they share include Polychrome SYNC (ARGB customization), striped axial fans, a metal backplate, and 0 dB silent cooling.
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The global leading motherboard manufacturer, ASRock, launched its AMD Radeon RX 6800 series graphics cards, including Taichi, Phantom Gaming, and the Challenger product series. From the high-end Radeon RX 6800 XT Taichi X 16G OC, the mid-level Radeon RX 6800 XT Phantom Gaming D 16G OC and Radeon RX 6800 Phantom Gaming D 16G OC, to the mainstream Radeon RX 6800 Challenger Pro 16G OC, the complete product line gives users the most variety of choices.
ASRock’s AMD Radeon RX 6800 series graphics cards leverage 7nm process technology and AMD RDNA 2 gaming architecture, and support the DirectX 12 Ultimate software standard and hardware-accelerated raytracing. The product line features 16GB of 256-bit GDDR6 memory, and also supports the latest PCI® Express 4.0 bus standard. It adopts ASRock’s custom “Striped Axial Fan” and Polychrome SYNC ARGB LEDs, with outstanding pre-overclocked GPU clock settings and rich additional features. The performance of ASRock’s AMD Radeon RX 6800 series graphics cards provide gamers with an excellent 4K gaming experience.
The high-end Radeon RX 6800 XT Taichi X 16G OC graphics card uses the triple-fan Taichi 3X cooling system to provide powerful cooling performance, and unique ARGB Taichi halo, side and back LED lighting effects that support Polychrome SYNC to allow users to customize lighting effects. The metal frame and backplate prevent the PCB from bending, and the Dual BIOS option allows users to freely choose their favorite BIOS settings. With its excellent performance and rich features, ASRock Radeon RX 6800 XT Taichi X 16G OC graphics card is the premium choice for power users.
The mid-level ASRock Radeon RX 6800 XT Phantom Gaming D 16G OC and Radeon RX 6800 Phantom Gaming D 16G OC graphics cards use the triple-fan Phantom Gaming 3X cooling system to provide great heat dissipation. The reinforced metal frame and backplate prevent the board from bending. The ARGB fan and the side ARGB LED board support Polychrome SYNC to allow users to customize the lighting effects. These special selling points, coupled with the cool black and red color appearance, make ASRock Radeon RX 6800 Phantom Gaming series graphics cards ideal to meet the core needs of gamers.
The mainstream ASRock Radeon RX 6800 Challenger Pro 16G OC graphics card uses a triple-fan thermal design, which provides superb cooling performance, and also has a side ARGB LED panel that supports Polychrome SYNC to allow users to customize the lighting effects. These practical designs make the ASRock Radeon RX 6800 Challenger Pro 16G OC graphics card the most suitable product for mainstream customers.
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AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Roundup: ASRock, Asus, and Sapphire Reviewed
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+ Large and powerful cooler
+ Plenty of RGB bling
- Large and heavy
- Requires a spacious case
- Only one RGB fan?
- Old style fans
ASRock's Taichi brand is generally used for the company’s top-of-the-line products, and the RX 6800 XT Taichi is no exception. It's big and bold, with one of the largest coolers we've seen on a third party card, plus a copious amount of bling. Meanwhile, performance is as you'd expect: right in line with the other top-tier solutions from competing cards.
The 6800 XT Taichi is a massive card, dwarfing the reference model 6800 XT and tipping the scales at 1.75kg (3.85 pounds). ASRock actually lists the weight at 1815g, but my scale disagreed by about 65g. The dimensions are 330x140x56mm, and the cooler occupies 2.8-slots, which in today's single GPU market isn't much of a problem. The Taichi is also one of the longest cards we've seen — 13 inches long — so you'll definitely need a spacious case if you want this card to fit.
For a while, most high-end GPUs tried to stay close to a 2-slot thickness so that you could add a second (or even third) card for CrossFire or SLI, but multi-GPU support in games has seriously declined in recent years, so it's now less of a consideration. The most common use case for multi-GPU these days is cryptocurrency mining, but since coin miners just build custom mining chassis with PCIe extension cables, size isn't much of a factor there either. That means manufacturers are more willing to create cards that effectively block off the two expansion slots adjacent to the GPU.
ASRock's Taichi brand is generally used for the top-of-the-line products from the company, and the RX 6800 XT Taichi is no exception. It's big and bold, with one of the largest coolers we've seen on a third party card, plus a copious amount of bling. Performance meanwhile is as you'd expect: right in line with the other top-tier solutions from competing cards.
The 6800 XT Taichi is a massive card, dwarfing the reference model 6800 XT and tipping the scales at 1.75kg (3.85 pounds). ASRock actually lists the weight at 1815g, but my scale disagreed by about 65g. The dimensions are 330x140x56mm and the cooler occupies 2.8-slots, which in today's single GPU market isn't much of a problem. The Taichi is also one of the longest cards we've seen — 13 inches long — so you'll definitely need a spacious case if you want this card to fit.
For a while, most high-end GPUs tried to stay close to a 2-slot thickness so that you could add a second (or even third) card for CrossFire or SLI, but multi-GPU support in games has seriously declined in recent years and so it's now less of a consideration. The most common use case for multi-GPU these days is cryptocurrency mining, but sice coin miners just build custom mining chassis with PCIe extension cables, size isn't much of a factor there either. That means manufacturers are more willing to create cards that effectively block off the two expansion slots adjacent to the GPU.
ASRock provides plenty of RGB lighting, with the center fan lighting up along with the top Taichi logo and the surrounding light strip, and there's another Taichi icon on the back of the card as a final RGB option. I sort of wish the company had gone whole hog and used RGB on the other two fans, but that would make for a very bright card. Also of note is that in a traditional PC case, the 'front' fans on the graphics card will often end up facing the bottom of the case. That means you won't even see the fans unless you use a case that supports a vertically mounted GPU (which would also need to be able to handle a triple slot thickness, or you'd obstruct the fan intakes).
There are some Taichi elements that haven't been updated to match the competitive landscape, and here I'm looking specifically at the fans. Most of the latest generation RTX 30-series and RX 6000-series GPUs now have fans with an integrated 'barrier rim' around the outside of the fan blades. This ring helps improve static pressure and airflow, improving cooling capabilities while potentially reducing fan noise. Meanwhile, ASRock has traditional fan blades like what we've seen for many years. It's a small thing, but we'd like to see the latest technology utilized on a premium card.
ASRock doesn't specify a TDP for the Taichi, though it does recommend a PSU wattage of 800W or more. The card also requires three 8-pin PEG power connectors, which in theory can deliver 450W of power, giving the card a peak power delivery of 525W when combined with the 75W of the x16 PCIe slot. (It didn't come close to hitting that mark, though maybe an adventurous overclocker with LN2 could do so.) In our testing, the Taichi used a bit less power than the other custom cards. It averaged 332W in Metro Exodus (still 10 percent more than the reference 6800 XT) and 352W in FurMark. Overclocking pushed power use up to 344W in Metro and 400W in FurMark. That means there's still potential for higher overclocks, but we generally seem to hit a similar limit with all of the 6800 XT cards of around 2.5GHz.
Digging into the overclocking specifics, for now, we're still somewhat restricted in what utilities we can use on RX 6000 cards, as MSI Afterburner doesn't fully support the new GPUs yet. AMD's own Radeon Software seems the best option, and we used it to increase the power limit by 15 percent, set the GPU to a maximum clock of 2580 MHz, and bumped the GDDR6 speed up by 150 MHz (to 17.2 Gbps). Combined with a more aggressive fan curve, we reached a stable OC where clocks in Metro Exodus averaged 2529 MHz, compared to 2391 MHz at factory stock settings. That's a 6 percent increase in GPU clocks and 7.5 percent on VRAM clocks, which improved performance in our test suite by 4-5 percent overall.
ASRock offers its Tweak software for tuning, which is sufficient for modest overclocking but doesn't really do much more than AMD's own Radeon Settings. You can see the default power limits (289W, or 317W in OC mode), but that's just for the GPU power — the VRAM, VRMs, and other components will also use power. Ultimately, we didn't see much reason to install the custom ASRock Tweak software, since the core functionality is already present with AMD's drivers.
Technically, the ASRock Taichi ended up as the slowest of the three custom cards, but that's very much splitting hairs. It’s within 0.5 percent of the other two cards at stock, and it's within 1.5 percent of the faster Asus card when overclocked. Performance when overclocked is also basically tied with the stock RX 6900 XT. It's also up to 2 percent faster than the reference 6800 XT.
Frankly, performance and even pricing are sort of a non-issue for now, as none of the cards are readily available for purchase. If you want a 6800 XT and can find the Taichi in stock somewhere, and you're willing to pay $900 or more for it, be our guest. Our general advice is to wait for supply to improve and hopefully for prices to end up closer to MSRP. With the recent tariffs on graphics cards further impacting pricing , however, it could be a long and painful wait.
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- Makaveli Canadian pricing for these cards. Asrock from newegg.ca and the last two from canada computers. ASRock Radeon RX 6800 XT Taichi Gaming $1499 SAPPHIRE NITRO+ Radeon RX 6800 XT $1149 ASUS ROG STRIX LC Radeon RX 6800 XT $1299 And for the money Asus is asking for this card, they could have alteast sleeved those fan cables its mess. For $1000+ asking price kinda of a slap in the face. Reply
- Jobeker Your testing methodology is flawed. The memory should not be overclocked in these cards. These cards show much better results once you push the GPU to the max & leave the memory at stock. It seems that you & all the other testers I have come to respect in almost 2 decades of reading tests & benchmarks , have become fixated on maxing the mem to the point of "no crush" without even comparing the results. I hope you still have at least one of the cards at hand to make 1 more test, you will see that stock mem@2000mhz + GPU@2600mhz gets much better results than mem@2140mhz + GPU@2600mhz . I am active on a different language forum & a local system builder/fine tuner corroborated these results with several different 6800XT cards. ( he is the one that Identified this issue , I don't own such a card at the moment) He is now testing a 6900XT . As a bonus , once you leave the memory at stock you get a few extra watts for higher gpu oc. I don't care that much about the actual value of the specific cards ( definitely not at current pricing ) it is however very important for me to make sure you testing methodology isn't flawed. I seriously hope you still have one of the cards for one more test . Reply
- chalabam Nice cards. Unfortunetely, they are useless for Tensorflow. What a wasted potential. Reply
Jobeker said: Your testing methodology is flawed. The memory should not be overclocked in these cards. These cards show much better results once you push the GPU to the max & leave the memory at stock. It seems that you & all the other testers I have come to respect in almost 2 decades of reading tests & benchmarks , have become fixated on maxing the mem to the point of "no crush" without even comparing the results. I hope you still have at least one of the cards at hand to make 1 more test, you will see that stock mem@2000mhz + GPU@2600mhz gets much better results than mem@2140mhz + GPU@2600mhz . I am active on a different language forum & a local system builder/fine tuner corroborated these results with several different 6800XT cards. ( he is the one that Identified this issue , I don't own such a card at the moment) He is now testing a 6900XT . As a bonus , once you leave the memory at stock you get a few extra watts for higher gpu oc. I don't care that much about the actual value of the specific cards ( definitely not at current pricing ) it is however very important for me to make sure you testing methodology isn't flawed. I seriously hope you still have one of the cards for one more test .
- shady_021 The only thing I see here is all 6800 XT are equal or slightly ahead of a 6900 XT... so except for the price difference what's the point of having a 6900XT? Reply
shady_021 said: The only thing I see here is all 6800 XT are equal or slightly ahead of a 6900 XT... so except for the price difference what's the point of having a 6900XT?
- Jobeker JarredWaltonGPU , Thank you for taking interest in my comment & performing the relevant tests. I've ( we actually ) been fed with a lot of information in the past 2 weeks that led me to believe the claim I made . I apologize that it came out rude. I trust your findings better . Thank you. Reply
Admin said: We've rounded up multiple Radeon RX 6800 XT cards to see how the various models stack up. Higher factory overclocks, liquid cooling hybrids, massive coolers, and increased pricing are the general trend while GPUs continue to be in short supply. AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Roundup: ASRock, Asus, and Sapphire Reviewed : Read more
HC1Gunner said: Question, how is this a round up, when other manufactures like Gigabyte weren't included? Kind of stupid to do these reviews, when you can't find any of these cards for retail sale.
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