If there was one overriding topic this week, it was the market launch of the AMD Radeon RX 6800 (XT) based on RDNA 2, which was accompanied by the release of the test. Even among the most popular daily news of the week, the new graphics cards clearly have the upper hand with a share of over 60 percent.
AMD can finally compete with Nvidia again in the high-end segment, after users had to accept hardships and limitations over a lean period of seven years since the Radeon R9 290X and were forced into the green camp when performance for 4K with high graphics details is required was.
Opponent to the GeForce RTX 3070 and 3080
With RDNA 1, AMD was only able to serve the upper middle class. Until recently, the company had nothing in hand against Nvidia’s high-end graphics cards and also had to hoist the white flag for innovations such as hardware ray tracing. That all changes with the Radeon RX 6800, which successfully takes on the GeForce RTX 3070, as well as the Radeon RX 6800 XT as an opponent to the GeForce RTX 3080. With the Radeon 6900 XT, AMD also has a counterattack to the GeForce RTX 3090 in the hindquarters being positioned behind the scenes for a December attack.
With the Radeon RX 6800, AMD beats the GeForce RTX 3070, but requires a surcharge of 80 euros based on the RRP. From the duel between Radeon RX 6800 XT and GeForce RTX 3080, AMD emerges with a slight gap of 3 to 6 percent. RDNA 2 current titles are better, which is shown by a gain in performance that pushes the graphics card in the direction of the GeForce RTX 3090.
Ray tracing suits Nvidia better
AMD has weaknesses when it comes to ray tracing, as Nvidia’s independent RT cores deliver a higher performance than AMD’s less radical approach, which uses some of the classic shaders for this. If this feature is used, the performance of the RX 6800 XT drops to the level of a GeForce RTX 3070 with ray tracing. In the future, it could speak for AMD that RDNA 2 will also be used in the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X (test) and that developers of multi-platform games will potentially align their ray tracing implementations to the consoles, from which the PC would benefit .
RDNA 2 was the topic this week
Even in the run-up to the market launch and the release for tests, RDNA 2 caused a sensation after manufacturer benchmarks were published in advance, contrary to the embargo from AMD, and already gave a foretaste of the expected ray tracing performance. Two days before the test was released, the editors were allowed to show the new graphics cards to the public and compare them with other products in pictures.
In three other daily reports, once about the overclockability of Navi 21 XL to over 2.5 GHz, another time about the first European listing of the Radeon RX 6800 (XT) as Sapphire Nitro + and then about the generally poor availability of graphics cards, RDNA 2 was the dominant topic of the week. The inadequate availability and the prices that went up a long way with the first second of the market launch show that AMD can keep up with Nvidia not only in terms of performance.
Outlook for the new week
In the coming week, new AMD hardware will not take any time off, as a look at the new ComputerBase calendar reveals: Custom designs will start selling on Wednesday – at least officially. The editorial team has already reached the Radeon RX 6800 XT Red Devil from PowerColor as the first variant.
Numerous tests are also in the starting blocks elsewhere. Readers can expect articles on the PlayStation 5, headsets, notebooks and smartwatches. Next week the Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit will take place, during which the successor to the Snapdragon 865 (Plus) is expected. And in the following week, with the Radeon RX 6900 XT, the focus is again on AMD.