AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Edges Out NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 In New Benchmarks

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Various outlets and hardware leakers have shared 3DMark benchmarks that suggest AMD’s Radeon 6800 XT could be powerful enough to compete against NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3080. While the benchmarks are synthetic, the results are surprising in light of the popular theory that only the Radeon RX 6900 XT can match green team’s flagship.

The first benchmarks come from Igor Wallossek and an unknown board partner that manufactures both AMD and NVIDIA cards (e.g., not PowerColor). Interestingly, the Radeon RX 6800 XT scores higher than the GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition in both Fire Strike Extreme (20 percent) and Time Spy Extreme 4K tests (3 percent). A second set of benchmarks, which accounts for a driver update that improves performance by 10 percent, is even more impressive.

Where the Radeon RX 6800 XT falters is ray tracing, however. In the Port Royal 4K test, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition performs around 20 percent faster than red team’s card.

We’ve also copied benchmarks shared by CapFrameX, Wccftech and harukaze5719 (based on data from KittyYYuko) below. Wccftech’s numbers seem to line up with Igor’s pretty well, with the Radeon RX 6800 XT besting the GeForce RTX 3080 in Fire Strike and Time Spy but losing in ray tracing (Port Royal).

harukaze5719 and KittyYYuko’s benchmarks involve a Navi 21 XT SKU with 80 Compute Units, which is likely red team’s flagship Radeon RX 6900 XT. The GPU actually bests NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3090 in the Fire Strike Ultra and Fire Strike Extreme tests.

CapFrameX has also shared Fire Strike Ultra scores that put AMD’s Big Navi at the top, but it isn’t clear what model it is.

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