AMD is lowering prices on the RX 6800 and RX 6800XT in order to compete with Nvidia’s RTX 4070. While neither card can match the RTX 4070 in Ray Tracing performance, both trade blows with Nvidia’s newest “midrange” offering in traditional rasterization. Looking at the recent Tom’s Hardware RTX 4070 review, the 6800XT often beats the RTX 4070 with raster loads.
The RTX 4070 has debuted at $599 for those that are still in sticker shock. Currently, you can find RX 6800XTs going for $539, and RX 6800s going for $469 on New Egg. While neither AMD product has great Ray Tracing performance in most games, they do supports FSR 2 which, while not providing quite the image quality of DLSS, is an excellent way to boost frame rates. More importantly, while Nvidia only put 12GB of memory on the RTX 4070, AMD put a full 16GB. These may possibly give these cards a longevity advantage as last years 8GB and 10GB cards are already at their limit with some modern games.
As always, your choice of GPUs should depend on what games you personally play. Some games have benefits on AMD cards, and others on Nvidia. Personally, I run Nvidia on my desktop, and AMD in my HTPC and have been quite happy with both.
We recently rebenchmarked the RX 6900XT, as well as took a look at AMD cards and resizable bar.
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