Review: Sapphire Radeon RX 6800 XT NITRO+

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  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    Just over a week ago, AMD unleashed Big Navi; the prodigal sons and sisters are now out and make their way through the AIB partners. We test the Sapphire Radeon RX 6800 XT NITRO+ based on a custom PCB...

    Review: Sapphire Radeon RX 6800 XT NITRO+
     
  2. JonasBeckman

    JonasBeckman Ancient Guru

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    Some of the review scores seem to call it the Pulse+ such as the Shadow of Tomb Raider one, liking the benchmark results though albeit it's not a big step up over the 6800 XT and pricing well that's probably a big step up when it comes to flagships like Nitro or Devil also there's like two or three designs for the Nitro and Pulse this time that I need to check on what the deal is with that.

    EDIT: Could be a nice step up in terms of fan noise and how these scale though in addition to thermal benefits albeit less so than the blower style 5700 XT had on it's stock variant.
    (Maybe not worth another 100 Euro on the price tag however ha ha.)
     
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  3. Truder

    Truder Maha Guru

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    Also showing Pulse+ in Temps and Acoustics - infact it appears to be in all the results showing as Pulse+ so far..
     
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    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    Yeah, this is what happens when you receive a card 24 hours prior to launch :) Sorry, obviously it is labeled wrong in the charts. PULSE+ = NITRO+
     

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    Thank you for both today's reviews. Can you quickly answer me why one product is recommended and the other one top pick? Which is their basic difference that made you label them such way?
     
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    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    Sure, I was struggling with the choice here myself. First off, perf is the same. I think the XFX is the better-looking product (albeit that is subjective), it is a notch more silent. But my biggest gripe and the decisive factor is pricing. The XFX sells at 749 USD whereas the Sapphire card will sell at 769 USD. That's 799 EUR. And remember this is a card series that sells at 649 USD for the reference model. I understand a 50~75 USD extra for the premium model, but 769 USD is very steep.

    But if everybody disagrees with me on this, I'll happily make it a top pick award, this one was difficult to call.
     
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    Vananovion Member Guru

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    Quite possibly the model I'm going to get. Sapphire never let me down.
     
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  8. Truder

    Truder Maha Guru

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    I agree with you, these prices are so high - I doubt there are going to be price drops on either side because NV will position their price for RT performance and AMD will position their price for raster and vram.

    This trend of ever increasing GPU prices seems like it will always continue - we've still yet to have any increase in performance at the £200 as well, 480/580/5500..... It's getting absurd.
     
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    If this is not a paper launch then I don't know what a paper launch is.....

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    Far Cry benchmarks mention the 3090 instead of the 6800xt, the incorrect name in the highlighted graph position on 4k results
     

  11. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    Perceptive, thanks, and fixed.
     
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    The review was ok, the only issue I have with it is that is says the OC is limited.

    There is nothing limited about OC-ing these Radeon 6000s cards at all, not even close to how limited the RTX 3000s are in OC...

    This same card was able to do 100Mh more over your OC in Hardware Unboxed review, and Steve made a comment about how other AIB model/s managed to get 2.7GHz OC on the core... how can you say that OC is limited is beyond understanding.

    The RX 6000s cards are amazing OC-ers.
     
  13. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    My OCs are based on a lasting set of tweaks. Not based on 'hey look it passed 3DMark this one time'.
     
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    It is question of percentage. And Power draw, one is willing to use. When you take power draw at different clock. Lets's say you do measurement every 100MHz.
    Then you can get graph, and it will tell you if performance you are getting as you increase clock (power draw) is worth it.
     
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    I'm sorry, but for me Hardware Unboxed are not noobs. I trust their reviews, as I do, Gamers Nexus. Only 3rd I come here.

    Maybe you had a bad silicon or some other explanation, but it's not like we didn't already know from various leaks that these cards OC past 2.5Ghz, even past 2.6Ghz.

    It's not an exception or a fluke this kind of OC for the RX 6000s.
     

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    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    I can speak for myself as to how the tweaking went, 2550 MHz on either card was simply not stable. It's not like we tweak and then run unigine heaven or something, no the cards have to pass four games in Ultra HD with tweaked settings.
     
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    They ordered 0 PowerColor reference model cards, but received 25 of them. That's pretty funny. Otherwise the table is just sad. Of the cards they actually did order, they haven't received any.
     
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    i hope Godfall will be used as a benchmarking tool it looks so good
     
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    HH, this is why i come here and trust you
     
  20. wavetrex

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    Very tiny rendering performance differences between all these models.
    So it all comes to which one is more silent and which one is cheaper.

    ... or more likely, which one is in stock for a few split seconds.

    Overclocking is dead.
    RIP.
     

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