AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series Matches NVIDIA RTX 3000 Series In Terms Of Capabilities And Power

AMD has introduced three new Radeon RX 6000 Series graphics cards today. The company has indicated that the new RDNA 2, Navi 2x or Big Navi based Graphics Cards can go head-to-head with NVIDIA’s recently launched Ampere-based GeForce RTX 3000 Series Graphics Cards.

The three new AMD Graphics Cards being launched include the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT, the AMD Radeon RX 6800, and the AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT. Needless to add, according to several reports, the RX 6800 XT can go up against the RTX 3080; the RX 6800 goes up against RTX 2080 Ti or RTX 3070, and the RX 6900 XT will go up against Nvidia’s giant RTX 3090.

AMD Big Navi 6000 Series GPUs Are The Same Found Within PS5 and Xbox Series X:

The AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series of Graphics Cards have the next-gen Big Navi or RDNA 2 Core Technology which is also powering the GPU within Sony PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. Just like the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3000 Series, these new AMD Graphics Cards will also support hardware-accelerated Ray Tracing for next-gen games. Moreover, AMD claims its new SKUs can compete closely with NVIDIA’s SKUs in terms of 4K and 1440p or 2K PC gaming.

Radeon RX 6800 XT Vs. NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080:

The new AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT will retail at $649. In terms of pricing, the card costs about $50 less than NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080. However, AMD is promising capable performance in 4K and 1440p gaming that matches or exceeds NVIDIA’s latest card.

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The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT packs 6GB of GDDR6 memory. The card has a Base Clock of 2015Mhz, and 2250Mhz Boost Clock, 20.74 teraflops of GPU performance, and 72 compute units overall. Previous reports indicate Radeon RX 6800 XT beats the RTX 3080 at 4K gaming and is quite powerful in 2K gaming as well. Interestingly, AMD has achieved these performance improvements while keeping the power draw less than NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080. The AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT draws up to 300 watts of power, while the GeForce RTX 3080 draws up to 320 watts.

AMD Radeon RX 6800 Vs. NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti or GeForce RTX 3070:

The new AMD Radeon RX 6800 will cost $579. It features 60 compute units, a 1815Mhz Base Clock, 2105Mhz Boost Clock, 16.17 teraflops of GPU performance, and 16GB of GDDR6 memory. The AMD card draws 250 watts of power, which is about 10 watts less than NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition.

There are no clear comparisons with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 yet, but the NVIDIA’s card costs $499. This means NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 is cheaper than AMD Radeon RX 6800. Hence it will be interesting to see which GPU is a good option for 1440p gaming.

AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Vs. NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090:

The new AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT costs $999. This is a lot less than the MSRP of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090, which costs $1499. AMD indicates its Radeon RX 6900 XT can go up against NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090. However, NVIDIA has positioned the RTX 3090 for 8K gaming. Still, given the exceptionally large 24GB VRAM, the GeForce RTX 3090 could be used by the creative industry as an NVIDIA Titan Graphics Card replacement.

Although AMD claims the Radeon RX 6900 XT can go up against NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090, the company has stuck with 16GB DDR6 memory. While the price is attractive and could be justified for the specifications, the less VRAM won’t allow Radeon RX 6900 XT to become ‘NVIDIA Killer’

It is important to note that AMD has opted for 16GB of GDDR6 memory in all three of its new RDAN2-based Radeon cards. Meanwhile, the NVIDIA 3070 has 8GB, the RTX 3080 has 10GB, and the RTX 3090 has 24GB. Additionally, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 and 3090 Graphics Cards use faster GDDR6X modules, while AMD has opted for the slightly slower GDDR6 standard. Instead, AMD is depending on the Infinity Cache design. Moreover, AMD is using a high-speed 128MB cache that’s based on the company’s ZEN 3 L3 CPU cache design.

Alap Naik Desai


A B.Tech Plastics (UDCT) and a Windows enthusiast. Optimizing the OS, exploring software, searching and deploying solutions to strange and weird issues is Alap's main interest.