New AMD Radeon 6000 series graphics cards were recently announced in an awesome AMD launch event, with the release date being shown as the 18th November for USA, that's the 19th at 3am here in New Zealand. It's important to note the core range of RX 6800 XT graphics cards don't actually get released until the 26th though.
Right now, the timeline is as follows;
- 19th November 3am: RX 6800 + RX 6800 XT Graphics Cards with Reference Cooler Design (Gigabyte/Sapphire/Asus all look the same) become available for order.
- 26th November 3am: RX 6800 + RX 6800 XT Graphics Cards with Vendor Cooler Design (Gigabyte/Sapphire/Asus/Powercolor/MSi all look different) become available for order.
- 9th December TBC: RX 6900 XT Graphic Cards available for order.
So what's the difference? Bandwidth and clock speeds change between the RX 6800 and XT versions, and there are also some small changes to the physical design, so let's take a look at the reference cooler design(s) first, then jump into some awesome aftermarket versions to compare.
RX 6800 Reference Cooler - Essential Specifications:
- 1x HDMI
- 2x DisplayPort
- 1x USB-C
- 2x 8-Pin Power Inputs (650w Recommended PSU)
- 2.1 Slot Form Factor
- Dimension: 267(L)x 120(W)x 40 (H)mm
RX 6800 XT Reference Cooler - Essential Specifications:
- 1x HDMI
- 2x DisplayPort
- 1x USB-C
- 2x 8-Pin Power Inputs (750w Recommended PSU)
- 2.5 Slot Form Factor
- Dimension: 266.7(L)x 119.75(W)x 49.75 (H)mm
The max resolution looks to be 7680×4320 from any port, with 4x displays supported.
Moving onto the Aftermarket cooler designs which and sceduled to become available for order on the 26th November at 3am, and starting off with Sapphire, who are AMD's only exclusive partner (SapphireTech do not do Nvidia Graphics Cards) we can see some massive changes to cooler shroud and backplate, adding to the build quality and while introducing some additional customisable flare though the use of aRGB lighting.
The RGB lighting on the NITRO+ series is addressable, with multiple colours, modes and effects available to customise though the software suite named TriXX. This software can also be used to tune your RX 6800 graphics card, adjusting boost clocks, fan curves and more.
ASUS engineers have been hard at work developing their new custom coolers, a lot of which we've already seen on the Nvidia RTX 30 series, but for the RX 6800 XT they've gone above and beyond, revealing an AiO water cooled option too!
Via Asus: The Radeon RX 6800 XT is one of the most powerful GPUs that AMD has ever built. As we began to sketch out the ROG Strix version of the RX 6800 XT, its raw power spurred our engineers to build a cooling system that could unleash its full potential. During this process, our thoughts naturally turned to liquid cooling. PC enthusiasts the world over are already familiar with the benefits of all-in-one liquid cooling systems for their CPUs, and many of them have even added similar systems to their graphics cards using aftermarket kits to pursue the outer limits of GPU performance.
Although excessively awesome, with that 240mm radiator this new GPU option will still enjoy compatibility with the mounting points available in the majority of today's Gaming PC cases.
In addition to the exciting water-cooled option, Asus have also revealed their latest ROG Strix and TUF cooler design will also be available for the AMD Radeon 6000 series, and those look awesome too, turning up the RGB to new levels.
The cooling design ROG Strix RX 6800 cards is large, with a 2.9-slot form factor. The central fan rotates clockwise while the two on the flanks spin counter-clockwise to reduce turbulence, much like the Gigabyte Gaming OC cooler design, which we're excitedly waiting to see more of!
The RX 6800 (XT) Reference Cooler Graphics Cards are set to release in New Zealand at 3am on the 19th (Early Thursday morning here in NZ), and the RX 6800 XT Aftermarket graphics version will become available for order on the 26th November at 3am.
Once officially released, all available AMD RX 6000 Series Graphics Card models will be available in the AMD Store - please know that there is limited stock for some models, with other releasing as pre-order.