RX 6000 or RTX 3000? A direct comparison

It seemed like NVIDIA was the natural choice when they launched the RTX 3000 series, that is, untill AMD released its new RDNA2 family of graphics cards, and strangely enough, it seems like this particular time they underpromised and overachieved. Previously if consumers wanted a high-end graphics card it was pretty easy, simply going for a NVIDIA xx80. This is not the case anymore, in just 2 generations AMD more than doubled their performance per watt and positioned themselves at the level of NVIDIA. However, we still don't know real-world performances and/or if AMD will have the same problems NVIDIA had with manufacturers.



There are three variants that AMD has introduced in this initial launch: the Radeon RX 6800, the Radeon RX 6800 XT and the Radeon RX 6900 XT, aimed to compete with the RTX 3070, RTX 3080 and even the RTX 3090 from NVIDIA. These graphics cards are more than capable of 4K at high FPS, VR and Ray Tracing.


RX 6000 Series specifications

  RX 6900 XT RX 6800 XT RX 6800
Compute Units 80 72 60
Game Clock 2015MHz 2015MHz 1815MHz
Boost Clock 2250MHz 2250MHz  2105MHz 
Throughput (FP32) 20.6 TFLOPs 18.6 TFLOPS 16.17 TFLOPS
Max Memory Size 16GB GDDR6 16GB GDDR6 16GB GDDR6
Memory Bus Width 256Bit 256Bit
Infinity Cache 128MB 128MB 128MB
Total Board Power 300W 300W 250W
Process TSMC 7nm TSMC 7nm TSMC 7nm
Architecture RDNA2 RDNA2
Transistors 26.8B 26.8B
GPU Navi 21 Navi 21 Navi 21
Launch Date December 8, 2020 November 18, 2020 November 18, 2020
Launching Price $999 $649 $579

RX 6800 vs RTX 3070

  RTX 3070 RX 6800
Game Clock 1500MHz 1815MHz
Boost Clock 1725MHz 2105MHz
Throughput (FP32) 20.32 TFLOPS 16.17 TFLOPS
Pixel Rate 165.6 GPixel/s 202.1 GPixel/s
Max Memory Size 8GB GDDR6 16GB GDDR6
Memory Bus Width 256Bit 256Bit
Total Board Power 220W 250W
Die Size 392 mm2
536 mm2
Process Samsung 8nm TSMC 7nm
Architecture Ampere RDNA2
Transistors 17.4B 26.8B
GPU GA104 Navi 21
Launch Date October 29, 2020 November 18, 2020
Launching Price $499 $579


With a die size of 392 mm2 and a max power consumption of 250W the AMD Radeon RX 6800 is beffier and drains more power than the NVIDIA RTX 3070. The AMD graphics card is also $78 more expensive than the NVIDIA option, in order to justify the extra size, consumption and cost AMD needs to offer better performance.


Does the RX 6800 performs better than the RTX 3070?