The Radeon RX 6900 XT has just entered the race for best GPU against the GeForce RTX 3080, and it seems the consumer is the biggest winner.
2020 has been a major step back in many ways, but the gaming industry has managed to leap forward thanks in part to both the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 and, now, the AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT. Yes, AMD has finally unveiled its newest line of graphics cards and they are quite the powerhouses. Now, the only dilemma is deciding whether the Nvidia or the AMD is the better GPU.
The brute force of the new AMDs is mostly due to the fact that the new Radeon RX 6000 series utilizes the power of RDNA 2. This is an architecture we have seen heavily utilized in both the PlayStation 5 and the new Xbox Series family of consoles. Of course, this kind of tech usually appeals the most to the PC gaming community, where the tech can be truly pushed to its limits thanks to PC gaming’s customizable settings.
Now that both the Radeon RX 6900 XT and the GeForce RTX 3080 have been unveiled, the biggest question on consumer’s minds is which one to buy. Of course, that will depend on many different factors that can really only be determined by the individual themself. Luckily, if its specs that will determine which GPU is worthy of a gaming set-up, AMD has posted the specs for the Radeon RX 6900 XT and they are looking pretty great.
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AMD’s specs guide for the Radeon 6900 XT reveals an impressive game clock speed of 2015 MHz and a boost clock speed of 2250 MHz. On top of impressive speeds, you can expect 80 compute units, 16 GB GDDR6, a 256-bit memory interface, and 128 MB infinity cache. The GeForce RTX 3080 has a base clock speed of 1.44 GHz and a boost clock speed of 1.71 GHz. When converted to MHz, the speeds come out to 1440 MHz and 1710 MHz. That is a good bit slower than the competition. However, that does not take away from other impressive specs such as its 8704 Nvidia CUDA cores and 320-bit memory interface. AMD’s new infinity cache may just push the argument in favor of the Radeon 6900 XT. With this enhancement, AMD is claiming that, in some cases, the GPU may reach a bandwidth of 1664 BPs. That is a major advantage over the RTX 3080.
Possibly one of the biggest distinctions to be made between the two units is pricing and availability. For Nvidia, the price is right, with a suggested retail of $699.99. Of course, that comes with a big caveat – that being if it is actually obtainable at that price. It’s no secret that Nvidia has had major problems with supply when it comes to its newest GPUs. Unfortunately, this means scalpers have been charging outrageous premiums on the secondhand market. AMD, meanwhile, has tried to make it clear that they have taken precautions to ensure that supply will meet demand when it plans to launch December 8th later this year. Whether that happens remains to be seen, but, if the product is more readily available, that may be enough to sway those on the fence to get the AMD regardless. It will cost a little more, though, with the suggested retail of $999.99.
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