A week before the market launch of the Radeon RX 6800 and Radeon RX 6800 XT, XFX provided a small preview of one of the partner designs for the graphics cards. In a video published on Twitter, the design reminiscent of the existing Thicc series can be seen briefly.
The proportions give an idea of three fans, one of which blows through the opening in the backplate at the end of the graphics card.
The cooler bears the lettering “6800 XL”, which, according to rumors, was an earlier name for the Radeon RX 6800, so the images would be out of date.
– XFX Global (@xfxglobal) November 11, 2020
On November 18, AMD will send the Radeon RX 6800 and Radeon RX 6800 XT with “Big Navi” GPU and RDNA-2 architecture in the reference design against Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3070 and GeForce RTX 3080 into the field. A little later, the partner designs like that of XFX are expected. Other manufacturers have also given a preview of the custom designs, which was much more extensive for some.
Update 11/15/2020 8:29 p.m.
XFX posted another teaser video on Twitter. VideoCardz has taken the trouble to capture the briefly visible sections of the graphics card, which is identified here as Radeon RX 6800 XT, with screenshots in the best possible, but still poor image quality. As can be seen in the tweet, it is not a model of the Thicc series, as suspected, but the new Speedster series. The model shown will obviously be called Merc 319, the lettering “Merc” can be seen in the video to some extent.
XFX Radeon RX 6800 XT Speedster Merc 319 (Image: XFX (Screenshot VideoCardz))
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– XFX Global (@xfxglobal) November 15, 2020
Update 11/22/2020 5:30 p.m.
The YouTube channel Tech of Tomorrow shows the XFX Radeon RX 6800 XT Speedster Merc 319 in its entirety in an unboxing video. The very long graphics card occupies around 2.5 slots. The middle of the three fans is smaller than the side models. As with the Sapphire RX 6800 XT Nitro + SE, there is a USB-C port on the slot cover. There are also two DisplayPort 1.4 and one HDMI 2.1. Two 8-pin sockets are used for power supply.
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Exact specifications or a price of the graphics card are not yet available. The embargo on this type of information is expected to drop on November 25th and the Radeon RX 6800 (XT) custom designs will be officially launched.