RX 6800 (XT) Partner Graphics Cards release on 26th November at 3am in NZ

Staff Writer By Staff Writer - updated November 19th, 2020
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UPDATE: The AMD Radeon RX 6800 and RX 6800 XT are available for order now. (Product pages will update as ETA advice comes in)

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
Picture of Radeon RX 6800 Graphics Card Cooler
The RX 6800 Graphics Card reference cooler design, via Gigabyte
Picture of Radeon RX 6800 XT Graphics Card Cooler
The XT version looks similar, but there are noticeable changes to the shroud

The max resolution looks to be 7680×4320 from any port, with 4x displays supported.

Picture of Radeon RX 6800 Backplate
The reference cooler sports a very industrial looking backplate
Picture of Radeon RX 6800 power inputs
A red trim surrounds the forward facing heatsink, with 2x 8-pin power connections
Picture of Radeon RX 6800 outputs
Both reference RX 6800 & RX 6800 XT GPU output HDMI, DisplayPort and Type-C

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. 

Picture of NITRO+ Sapphire RX 6800 XT graphics card side
From the side you can see the RGB lighting on both the backplate and the Sapphire logo
icture of NITRO+ Sapphire RX 6800 XT graphics card backplate
The NITRO+ RX 6800 XT backplate is seriously cool, with cutouts and aRGB

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!

Picture of RX 6800 XT with Asus ROG Water Cooling
The ROG Strix LC combines the RX 6800 XT with a 240mm AiO setup!

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.

Picture of ROG Strix Radeon RX 6800 XT side
From the side, the ROG STRIX RX 6800 looks just like the RTX 3080 version
Picture of ROG Strix Radeon RX 6800 XT from the top with radeon logo
Looking closely, we can see the Radeon badge is placed just under the center fan

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.


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DuncanA7

Hoping for a better result this week.. I've got a new build 6 months in the making and all I need is this GPU...

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TonyF75

Hey Ben? / PB, Worried about reference cards as I need waterblock support for my first custom loop but from what I hear ref cards will be super limited - is this right? Should I just go 3080 (when I can FFS)? Cheers, T.

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JosV4

I must be dreaming, i tried like everyone else at 3 am and all i got was the out of stock one second after they went in sale, now i just clicked on BPT website and there was a 6800 there for sale, so i brought it. And there is still another left. They are nearly as quick as the XT .

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TathagataT

Lucky you.. I have seen this throughout the day on the Sapphire Model.. it was always at someone's basket.. just never got one myself. Unsure atm if this is bug or there is really stock coming and getting sold... I am leaning towards bug tbh as it was only this one I could see always.

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JosV4

I hope its not a bug, lol as they took my money . I did get email confirmation. Time will tell i guess . If not ill get my $ back.

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TathagataT

Hope it's not bug for you mate.. and you do get this rare breed.. keep us posted.!

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TonyF75

Theres a 6800 avail now - if I hadn't already spent thousands on my machine I'd be on it - want to make it beasty as it can be

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4 days ago Reply Report

JosV4

Me too, i have the 5800x sitting in a Asus hero viii motherboard with a watercooler. Just need another GPU to replace my 5600XT , was time to upgrade from my 3570K lol.

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JosV4

Will do.

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JosV4

Turns out i am 16th in a pre-orderd que as they are still waiting on rest of shipment lol, might be December could be January, Unbelievable is all can say. Got offered a refund but will leave as us as i can always cancel if i get another card before then, thats if any are there for more than 1 second after next launch.

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TathagataT

Sorry to hear man!! Let's hope for the AIBs

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2 days ago Reply Report

Jonwatso

Think I might be in the same boat as you. This happened to me on Wednesday around mid day. Got my fingers crossed but am doubtful.

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17 hours ago Reply Report

CarlP93

These AMD cards are pretty amazing performance wise, but their ray tracing ability is disappointing IMHO, but not unexpected.

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4 days ago Reply Report

LukeB548

Man glad everyone else is feeling the same haha, refreshing from 2.56am. Nothing but 'Out of Stock'. Can't wait to get my hands on one! replace my dog of a card Vii

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AustinC1

I'm a real person and I got one, I think they did come up at 2:58 - 2:59. The number in stock ticked down super fast but if you were quick you could get one. It wasn't instant or anything like that. Only powercolor available it seems.

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SquiffyTANKER

Oh nice one my guy! Hope it lives up to its expectations!!!

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TathagataT

Good to know.. Good Job man... & yeah Sapphire never come up

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5 days ago Reply Report

CalebM558

what do yous reckon would be a reasonable price for a 3070 here?

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TathagataT

Hmmm.. I am pretty sure people are using the scalping robots to add to basket before they show up on the page else how on earth at 2.58AM I could see they are already in 7 persons basket.. How on earth before 3AM they could be in their basket.. LOL... I should have created mine..lol those guys had good 10-12mins to complete the purchase.. Was so weird too that only Powercolor showed to me and never Sapphire... I didn't had hide out of stock too. later Sapphire showed up but out of stock.

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TonyF75

Same for me, I was refreshing from 02:53 or so - powercolor showed up earlyish but out of stock instantly then about 3:02/03 Sapphire (my preferred vendor) showed up randomly but also out of stock - was watching Steve (GN) at the time so took the sting off but effing tired at work.

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LewisC19

Or the staff helped themselves before listing.

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TonyF75

Haha! Well.... Could you blame them? I don't have many perks in my job but if that was one I would be all over it.

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4 days ago Reply Report

TathagataT

Pretty sure tomorrow or day after tomorrow gonna see them in FB or TradeMe Marketplace.. haha atleast a couple

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SquiffyTANKER

Apparently there was only 14 in total?

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DuncanA7

Clicking 'refresh' since before 3am and 20 minutes later no stock available?

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SethK9

They were sold before 3AM and there were only about 9

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