AMD Radeon RX 6800, RX 6800 XT and RX 6900 XT Graphics Cards coming to NZ!

Staff Writer By Staff Writer - October 29th, 2020
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UPDATE: The AMD Radeon 6000 Series Graphics Card launch is split into parts, next RX 6800 (XT) Partner Graphics Cards release on 26th November at 3am in NZ.

Wow! AMD just stole the show with the second half of their new product announcements, and this time the focus is on their new AMD Radeon RX 6800, RX 6800X and RX 6900X graphics cards.

The event started with some quick gameplay footage, then into awards from PC Gamer who have named AMD as the best CPU and GPU for 2019, then quickly continued into a short segment about the new Xbox Series X and PS5 consoles, and how they're both using AMD Tech.

Via Lisa Su "As successful as we've been with Ryzen, many of you have asked us to compete at the highest end of gaming GPUs as well, and today we're ready to show you exactly what we've been working on. I'm so excited to show you the Radeon 6000 series. It's absolutely the most powerful gaming GPU we've ever built. I think you'll be pretty pleased with what you see".

Picture of Lisa Su holding the AMD Big Navi chip
Lisa Su from AMD holding the new BIG NAVI chip
The full AMD RX 6900 XT graphics cards
And the full RX 6000 series graphics card, with triple fan cooler!

Lisa then continued to hold aloft the GPU named "Big Navi", the chip at the heart of their high-end Radeon RX 6000 series of graphics cards, featuring 26.8 billion transistors built with leading-edge 7nm process technology.

Laura Smith, the senior director of Radeon Technologies Group, then took to the stage to talk in detail about the new RDNA2, highlighting that AMD wanted to create a technology that game developers could use across all platforms, console, PC, and beyond. Many features we're highlighted in the presentation, including a DirectX RayTracing.

The presentation continued with a simple performance comparison chart showing potential gains, then Scott Herkelman, the Vice President & General Manager of the Graphics Business Unit, took to the stage to get specific - and show what we've all been waiting for - the new Radeon RX 6800 XT graphic card!

Radeon RX 6800 XT

  • Release Date: 19th November, 3am in NZ
  • 2015MHz Game Clock
  • 2250MHz Boost Clock
  • 16GB GDDR6 Memory

The Radeon RX 6800 XT is designed to compete with Nvidia's latest, so AMD continued on to show the performance of the RX 6800 XT vs the Nvidia RTX 3080 in a range of 4K game titles includes Battlefield 5, Borderlands 3, Call of Duty: MW, Division 2, Doom Eternal, Forza Horizon, Gears of War 5, Resident Evil 5, Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Wolfenstein: Young Blood - with the settings used shown in the bars (so much ultra).

AMD RX 6800 XT graphics VS Nvidia RTX 3080 in games at 4K
Comparing the performance of an RX 6800 XT to the Nvidia RTX 3080 at 4K
Only AMD have GPU and CPU solutions
AMD are proud to offer both the CPU and GPU for excellent gaming performance

It's not just about 4K gaming though, Scott continued on to highlight the performance at 1440p, which is a very popular monitor resolution already owned by many PC gamers - showing the same game range and some incredibly good looking FPS counts - those with a 144FPS 1440P screens should be very very excited!

The presentation continued with highlights about software, building on their position as the makers of both the highest-end gaming AMD Radeon GPU, and AMD Ryzen CPU, and that pairing these two AMD components would enable even greater performance in a range of games.

With full hardware support for DX12 Ultimate, the Radeon RX 6000 series is ready to enable ray tracing and variable rate shading in upcoming titles, while improving their AMD FidelityFX features in Ambient Occlusion, Variable Rate Shading, Super Resolution and more. Godfall, an upcoming looter/slasher game, was said to demonstrate the new features. Continuing into Far Cry 6, Dirt 5, World of Warcraft Shadowlands and Rift Breaker.

But AMD wasn't done yet, they continued on to unveil specifics about another new graphics card - the RX 6800!

Radeon RX 6800

  • Release Date: 19th November, 3am in NZ
  • 1815MHz Game Clock
  • 2105MHz Boost Clock
  • 16GB GDDR6 Memory

This is probably the most exciting of the bunch, but being just ahead of the Nvidia RTX 3070 launch day, AMD also compared it to the RTX 2080Ti.

Picture of RX 6800 vs RTX 2080Ti performance
The performance of the RX 6800 compared to the Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti

The show concluded with Lisa Su confirming that the GPU used in the previous Ryzen 5000 series reveal was, in fact, the RX 6800 XT - and that AMD had saved their best new product for last.

AMD didn't stop with the Radeon RX 6800 XT, they've made another GPU named the Radeon RX 6900 XT and it's a performance monster, with the chart comparing it to the just-released Nvidia RTX 3090 and showing it ahead in performance while highlighting the use of RAGE mode and Smart Memory Access mentioned above.

Radeon RX 6900 XT

  • Release Date: December 8th (likely 9th in NZ)
  • 2015MHz Game Clock
  • 2250MHz Boost Clock
  • 16GB GDDR6 Memory
Picture of RX 6900 XT vs RTX 3090 performance
The performance of the RX 6900 XT compared to the Nvidia RTX 3090

So there we have it, amazing new graphics cards are incoming from AMD! We'll add in quick links to the products as soon as they release, and be sure to keep your eyes on the AMD Store for the latest!


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MatthewK8244

Wow, that price difference between 3080 and 6800XT is insane I got the Gigabyte 3080 Eagle OC for $1475 and the 6800XT which has basically the same performance is $1,158

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Jonwatso

Hey Ben, Thanks for being super helpful. are both models available? 6800 and 6800xt?

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Ben B (Head Office)

Hi John, yes, I was just in the PB HQ warehouse and saw them stocking in both the RX 6800 + RX 6800 XT (reference cooler designs).

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Jonwatso

Thanks Ben! Exciting looks like an early morning for me ?

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Ben B (Head Office)

Happy to help, here's more info on the split release = https://hardwired.pbtech.co.nz/article/1934/RX-6800-XT-Graphics-Cards-set-to-release-on-19th-and-26th-November-at-3am-in-NZ

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AlexP63

Would we be able to pick up in the morning after purchase?

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Ben B (Head Office)

It depends on the PB Tech store location, unlikely possible outside of Auckland. More details on delivery times comes during the order process, so you'll be able to see info specific to you.

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AlexP63

Ah I see, living in auckland city so hoping I can snag one, just gotta pray...

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M3320

If we manage to order a card at 3:01am tomorrow, how soon will we receive it? Will you only be accepting online orders for cards you have on hand in stock? Or will it be possible to order one at 3:01am and then be put on a (potentially long) waiting list?

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Ben B (Head Office)

Hi Michael, some RX 6800 (XT) models are in stock, others will release only as pre-order. If you get in quick enough and nab one the order (usually) ships next day. Please know that with many people placing orders at once, some will miss out on that day one stock and enter the queue for next shipment.

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MachompK

When is the next shipment?

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MachompK

Hi Ben. Will there be stock available in the Christchurch branch immediately? Or do I have to wait for delivery from Auckland just like with the Ryzen 5000?

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Ben B (Head Office)

Hi Machomp, the first RX 6800 (XT) with reference coolers will only be available online right away, with most options releasing as pre-orders. The second RX 6800 (XT) release on the 25th/26th (aftermarket coolers) should be much better, with stocks sending to stores ahead of release. It's still going to be tight at first, but strong supply going forward.

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TathagataT

I dont have that hope.. as seems store days are gone these days

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TathagataT

Hey Ben.. Really would appreciate mate on some transparency here as most recent launches are so bad and really staying awake till early morning and getting high BP(to me) is not worth a preorder where I am paying thousands which I can't use rightaway yet stayed awake to be just in a queue - maybe it's me. Anyways do something to show stock update as in if something is ready to order or something has been moved from ready to preorder. Last time I was caught on preorder as by time my order went through it went on ready to preorder. I would appreciate something if that's on stock to buy. On context - Just to avoid this for RTX3070 I did queued up at CL for that 2AM launch for a confirmed stock allocation.

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SquiffyTANKER

Do we know roughly when these will be ready for Pre-Order? Was looking in to the RTX 3080's but if these are promising the exact same output with a slimmer price, this may be the way to go!!!

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Ben B (Head Office)

Hi Luke, right now it's 3am this Thursday for the RX 6800 (XT) reference cooler graphics card versions, with the aftermarket cooler designs from Sapphire/Gigabyte/Asus/MSi/Powercolor releasing a little later on the 25th November (timing TBC).

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SquiffyTANKER

Awesome cheers for the reply!

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M3320

Any idea on stock levels for the reference cards? Are they likely to sell out instantly? Some of us are wondering whether it is worth waking up at 2:50am or if we're only going to miss out anyway.

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Ben B (Head Office)

Hi Michael, I'll be visiting the warehouse to count stock ahead of this launch too and will post a message here with details on the day so everyone knows what's where.

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M3320

You're awesome! Thanks so much for all your hard work, a real legend! If we do manage to order one at 3:00am, can we pick it up later that day and/or how long will actual delivery in to my hands take?

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AngusA93

Any prices on the cards?

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Ben B (Head Office)

I can't share the RX 6800 XT pricing yet, but as soon as we get the go-ahead from AMD (19th Nov 3am) all 'reference' cooler RX 6800 XT will appear https://www.pbtech.co.nz/brand/amd - then, on the 25th Nov TBC, aftermarket versions from Asus/Gigabyte/Sapphire will become available for order too.

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EduardoW6

"Radeon RX 6800 XT Release Date: November 18th (likely 19th in NZ)" Are you talking about 2020? Any idea of a pre-order date? Cheers!

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Ben B (Head Office)

Hi Eduardo, I've just confirmed it's 19th November 3am 2020 for New Zealand (AMD cooler versions first, then aftermarket cooler versions on the 25th/26th). I'm chasing up some stock numbers and will update closer to launch with more info. Thanks.

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