Whether you’re a PC veteran or someone just getting into PCs, the use of a graphics card is likely to be a point of contention for you.
It’s one of the most important parts of your tower, especially if you’re a gamer. Without a good graphics card, your PC is lacking one of the most important parts – looking good! So, where might you start when on the lookout for graphics cards? Our first pick would always lean towards AMD’s Radeon, however, they have a lot of options with what they produce. The decision to make is “What will work best for you”?
In 2020, AMD Radeon announced three new graphics cards, named the ‘6000-series’. This includes the RX 6900 XT, the RX 6800 XT and the RX 6800. Three powerful graphics cards at three different price ranges. AMD has made the claim that the 6000-series is going to outperform competitors such as Nvidia’s RTX 3080 and RTX 3090. Both of these are considered the high-end of the industry. So, we’re working with some serious pieces of tech.
Across all three models, there are some key similarities, all of them are supported by Windows 10 and Linux x86_64 and all three are being launched this year. So, what are the main differences between the three models within the 6000-series?
Firstly, the AMD Radeon RX 6800, the cheapest of the models. The model will be available on the 18th of November and will cost $579 (£439). Whilst this is the weakest of the 6000-series models, it still makes a promise to improve upon its predecessors. They also claim that it will go “toe-to-toe” with Nvidia’s RTX 3070. Not only is it claiming to be better than the RTX 3070, but also cheaper. The RTX 3070 is around £469, and the RX 6800 will be £30. Its processing specs are stronger and the processing on the Compute Units are higher. So overall, the RX 6800 is the stronger graphics cards against its retail competitors.
Secondly, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT, the perfect inbetween. Also being released on the 18th of November, this model costs $649 (£492). Meaning the model is $70 (£53) more expensive than the previous model. So, what does it mean to spend more on a graphics card? The compute units, ray accelerators, boost and game frequencies increase on all of these. As well as the game’s precision performance. Still, what does this mean? One of the most popular games on the market right now is Call of Duty: Warzone. All these benefits on the RX 6800 XT unit mean that you’re going to be running Warzone at 1440p with no graphics buffers. It’s going to look smooth and beautiful. It also means you’re going to be on the top of your game. The game will be reaching upwards of 250fps, meaning you’re not going to miss a spec of dust.
Finally, the AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT, the strongest of the three. This model is being released later than the previous two and costs quite a heavy sum more. Being released on December 8th and costing the buyer $999 (£757). This will set you back $350 over the previous card. So, what constitutes a financial leap this large? This card is claiming to be the leader within graphics innovation. This is the piece of tech you get as a seasoned professional when it comes to gaming. Anything you need to do with this card, you will be able to do it at the highest resolution possible. Fast and powerful, it can help with more than gaming. Whether you’re playing or building games, you’re not going to miss a single frame. Our friends at Nox Gaming have also built a custom PC for us with the AMD Radeon processor.
What situation needs what graphics card? If you’re starting out with PC gaming, then the best path to travel down would be the RX 6800 XT. Although it comes at a slightly higher price tag than the RX 6800, it’s going to outperform anything else that you can own. However, if you’re looking for the most powerful graphics card on the market right now, look no further than the RX 6900 XT.
Overall, all three cards are incredibly powerful and will get you where you need to go. But the leg up that the more expensive models may put you over the edge.
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