AMD RX 6800 / XT pros and cons based on reviews

It looks like Team Red delivered on what was promised in the initial reveal for the most part.
Let us talk about the strong points for the new AMD GPUs:

  1. The RX 6800 is clearly faster than the RTX 3070 by 10% on average without the extra performance
    offered by Smart Access Memory.
  2. However, the AMD GPUs without a doubt dominate the 1440p tests, and the sheer raster
    performance quite impressive.
  3. Another plus for the AMD cards is the stock cooling system that is very efficient and not too noisy at the same time. It even allows the RX 6800 XT cards to be overclocked to slightly over 2.5 GHz
    without exceeding 75 degrees C ( die temp) / 95 C (hotspot temp).
  4. Power draw is significantly lower in full load compared to Nvidia’s cards. For comparison, the RX 6800 XT would draw 56 W less than the RTX 3080.
  5. H.265 video encoding is faster on the AMD cards, especially for 4K videos

Now let us look at the cons list which is mostly software-related:

  1. Based on the chart by, the RX 6800 XT is overall 6.9% slower than the RTX 3080 in 4K, but the difference is reduced to around 2% when using SAM.
  2. Ray tracing performance is not comparable to what Nvidia is currently offering.
    3.Instability issues caused by buggy drivers. For instance, some testers experienced extremely poor performance in Control 4K with RT effects enabled.
  3. No DLSS-like feature for now.
  4. The AMD cards cannot match the performance of the Nvidia ones in CUDA-enabled 3D rendering dedicated software.
  5. Game video capture is affecting the overall performance, causing stutters and frame drops and the exported videos are corrupted.

We are waiting if the AIB versions would fix this issue next week. We will have to revisit the performance metrics once AMD releases its own DLSS-like tech and we should not forget about the upcoming clash between the RX 6900 XT and RTX 3090 in early December.